Welcome to The Middle Powers

Why the middle powers

In international relations theory, the term “middle power” describes a sovereign state that is not a global giant but still has considerable power. While the humble global status may have given their leaders a false sense of powerlessness, these countries still have sufficient ability to determine their own fate and facilitate positive engagement between the superpowers. 

From the Belt and Road Initiative in Asia and Africa to political interference in the west, the Chinese Communist Party has left no stone unturned in its attempt to undermine democracy. The middle powers, like the rest of the world, are looking for a way to tackle China’s influence. Will China succeed in disrupting the world order as it stands? We’ll find out together.

What can you get from the newsletter?

There have been excellent newsletters about China but most of them are focused on the superpowers. This is a newsletter dedicated to monitoring smaller guys such as Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, etc. You will receive weekly emails in your inbox with curated links of Chinese, Arabic, and English news and occasional reporting. 

Who we are

We are two immigrant journalists in Canada and have worked in Canadian media covering business, politics, health, and immigration. Between the two of us, we speak four languages and lived in five countries across three continents. Like many other world travellers, we are naturally drawn to world news, foreign policy, and how countries interact on high levels.

Feedback? Ideas?

We want to build a reader-centric platform so if there's a topic you would like us to address or clarify, please let us know. You can email us at mn944941@gmail.com. We always love to hear from our readers. 

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Commentary, original reporting, and curated links of Chinese and English language news about the dynamics between China and the world’s middle powers.


Lu Xu

Curated links of Chinese and English language news on China's influence in the middle powers with commentary and occasional original reporting.