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History, hierarchy, victimhood and self-perceived peacefulness explain the difference between China’s views on its rising power and the West’s, expert says

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n expert with an Australian think tank gives four reasons to explain China's views on its own growing global clout and its claims in the South China Sea: it sees its rise to power as a return to a narrative of the nation as a peaceful global actor; it views itself as the patriarch of Asia that inherently deserves respect; the "Century of Humiliation" at the hands of Western countries made it aggressively unified against all foreign incursions; and the nation believes it is "inherently peaceful" and not seeking expansion.
6 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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