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How China Sees America

The Sum of Beijing’s Fears

Authors: Andrew J. Nathan, and Andrew Scobell
September/October 2012
Foreign Affairs


The United States worries about China's rise, but Washington rarely considers how the world looks through Beijing's eyes. Even when U.S. officials speak sweetly and softly, their Chinese counterparts hear sugarcoated threats and focus on the big stick in the background. America should not shrink from setting out its expectations of Asia's rising superpower—but it should do so calmly, coolly, and professionally.

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