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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

2 weeks ago
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.
By Lucas Niewenhuis

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