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Opinion: China’s ‘passive aggressive’ approach to diplomacy in Asia presents countries in the region with guilt, pressure and false dilemmas

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
The message to smaller countries is plain. If they stand up for themselves —especially when they do so in cooperation with America — they place at risk the benefits of Chinese trade, investment and aid," writes Andrew Browne. "This is how China seeks to convince its neighbors that they have no option but to defer to its wishes."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.