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The Problem With the Pivot

Obama’s New Asia Policy Is Unnecessary and Counterproductive

Author: Robert S. Ross
November/December 2012
Foreign Affairs


Ever since the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened up his country's economy in the late 1970s, China has managed to grow in power, wealth, and military might while still maintaining cooperative and friendly relations with most of the world. Until a few years ago, that is, when Beijing seemed to change tack, behaving in a way that alienated its neighbors and aroused suspicion abroad.

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