Du Zhiyuan

Du Zhiyuan

PhD candidate, East China Normal University

Du Zhiyuan is a PhD candidate with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University, and a research associate at the Decision-Making Consultation Research Base of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. His main research areas are South Asian diplomacy, Indo-Pacific relations, international relations theory, and the global value chain.

G7 leaders attend a working session during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, 12 June 2021. (Leon Neal/Pool via Reuters)

D10 group of democracies: A stronger alliance to contain China?

Chinese PhD candidate Du Zhiyuan notes that the recent G7 summit in the UK involving G7 members and guests was in fact a gathering of a “D10” club of democratic partners, along the lines proposed by British PM Boris Johnson. And the D10, in turn, could ultimately lead to a trans-Atlantic/Indo-Pacific alliance better fit to contain China.