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Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Great Wall Country

China is a Great Wall country. It is comfortable inside its Great Wall, which has been protecting its borders from as early as the seventh century BC. But the present generation of Chinese political and intellectual elite are convinced that, in the twenty-first century, the Chinese Great Wall has expanded. The Great War now encircles not just China but several other nations in Asia and beyond. For the first time in their history, the Chinese elite have developed a global vision and ambition. They think that they can inspire and coerce other nations to adopt the Confucian order, fully or in part. The twenty-first century might turn out be the Chinese century—whether they fail or succeed in their geopolitical agenda, they will make history.

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