February 13, 2013
China's Provocative Blunder in the Pacific
Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times
hina is now making East Asia as unsafe as it possibly can. Tokyo and Beijing are not that far from blows over a few forsaken rocks in the East China Sea. Is Beijing behaving badly because it wants to flex its muscles at the expense of a traditional adversary? For a century and more, China’s leaders have sought a galvanizing enemy whenever they have felt uncertain at home.
Xi Jinping will usher a new generation of leaders into office when he assumes the presidency next month. He is known already to be of a more forceful disposition than Hu Jintao, his predecessor. But Xi and his colleagues will sit in office more insecurely than anyone at least since Deng Xiaoping began the reform period three decades ago. And this insecurity is the source of China’s erratic,...
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