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The Chinese decade: Coronavirus has given Beijing a strategic opportunity

Instead of a Chinese Century, in other words, the coronavirus might be ushering in a Chinese Decade

Xi Jinping | Donald Trump | Coronavirus

Ross Douthat | NYT  |  New York 

It is quite extraordinary that a pandemic originating in a Chinese province, a disease whose initial cover-up briefly seemed likely to deal a grave blow to the Communist regime, has instead given China a geopolitical opportunity unlike any enjoyed by an American rival since at least the Vietnam War. This opportunity has been a long time building. Across the 2000s and early 2010s, China’s ruling party reaped the benefits of globalization without paying the cost, in political liberalization, that confident Westerners expected the economic opening to impose. This ...

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First Published: Sun, July 12 2020. 11:41 IST