Heading off fears of a resurgent China – Fei-Ling Wang

From The International Herald Tribune (link):

While the world may be used to identifying China with the cute panda bears or mystic dragons, best-sellers in the People’s Republic now strongly advocate a new national totem of the wolf and the wolf pack’s blood-thirsty, aggression-oriented, force-worshipped spirit of predators as the essence of a renaissance of Chinese civilization.

Even though Beijing repeatedly asserts its peaceful acceptance of the existing world order, worries about its growing power are becoming more and more pronounced. As some Chinese strategists have already realized, Beijing needs to effectively address international suspicions to rise further.

Fei-Ling Wang, professor of international affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is currently visiting professor at Yonsei University. His most recent book is “Organizing through Division and Exclusion: China’s Hukou System.”

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