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China’s Hegemonic Dream

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Next week, the Chinese Communist Party will meet to re-anoint Xi Jinping as president and head of its central military commission. Xi has often spoken of the “China Dream” as the core idea of his leadership, but his bullying foreign policy is making that dream a nightmare for China’s neighbors.   

  • Brahma Chellaney accuses China of escalating its efforts to exploit its status as the world's hydro-hegemon to gain strategic leverage over its neighbors.
  • Chris Patten says China’s willingness to stand by the joint declaration it signed with Britain at the time of Hong Kong’s handover will be a key test of its trustworthiness.
  • Gareth Evans thinks that China’s claim to most of the South China Sea had its legal heart cut out by a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in a case brought by the Philippines. 
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    Will Multilateralism Survive?

    The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary in muted fashion, and not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With rising nationalism and the return of great-power rivalry threatening to paralyze the organization at the heart of the multilateral system, many are asking whether global cooperation has a future.

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    The Heart of the New Cold War

    Andrew J. Nathan

    Although US President Donald Trump has little personal interest in human rights, democracy, or the rule of law, his administration has brought these values to the fore in its confrontation with China. In doing so, it has effectively declared a new cold war.

    explains why human rights has become the defining issue in the Sino-American rivalry.
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