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