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The emergence of a new China—or a return of the old?

The country had seemed keen to be a good world citizen, but no longer. A repressive regime is tightening its grip

By Paddy Ashdown  

Photo: Ju Peng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Peace in the Pacific, and the world, depends on two questions. How will the United States cope with decline? And how will China fulfil its potential as a super-power?

We live in a period of shifting power structures. These are turbulent and conflict-ridden times. The US remains the most powerful nation on earth, but the context in which it operates has changed fundamentally. We live…

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