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Claiming dominance, China sheds pretence of peaceful rise

Most of Asia stays mum as a confident China gets its own way while avoiding conflict

China sees its dominance as crucial because of its own development needs. It wants the resources in the waters of the South China Sea as well as under the seabed.

Hong Kong

THERE was a time China tried hard to convince the world that its rise is peaceful. That pretence was dropped seven years ago, when, in the wake of the Great Recession, it thought its time had come to claim its place as controlling "all under heaven", or tianxia in Asia. Its...

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