China Facts: feeling naive and taking action does not necessarily make one anti-China....



Behind rising tensions with the West, Chinese nationalists see dangerous anti-China hawks everywhere. They are not so much hawks as unhappy ex-doves. Plenty are internationalists, worried that China is co-opting institutions such as the UN and the WTO to make them safe for authoritarianism, state-backed capitalism and other threats to a rules-based order. Above all, these ex-doves agree that 20 years of patiently cajoling China to change has not worked. That makes such officials more willing to endorse the idea that the West should insist on reciprocity in dealings with China - an idea they once heard as code for protectionism. They worry that china is taking advantage of a Western openness that now feels naive. That does not make them anti-China.*)   


*) The Economist 15th December 2018














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