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Xi's China Dream may be hoisted by its own petard

With its hard line on the South China Sea verdict, Beijing has painted itself into a corner while increasing the chance of conflict with its neighbours.

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When Mr Xi took over leadership of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012, he made the China Dream - described as "the great revival of the Chinese nation" - his signature mission.

New Delhi

AN international court's stinging verdict, denying China's claim to ownership of virtually the entire South China Sea, has put a spanner in the "China Dream" of President Xi Jinping and left him with a series of difficult options.

When he took over leadership of the...

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