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PacNet #12 – China’s Rise in Asia: Bumps in the Road and Unanswered Questions

Commentators and specialists focusing on the positive changes in China’s approach to Asia in recent years, and predicting Chinese ascendance amid U.S. decline, have been brought up short by China’s insistence on passing a hardline anti-succession law sure to worsen relations with Taiwan and tension in Asia. The law caps a series of Chinese actions over the past year that show the limitations of China’s moderation, positive outreach, and influence in Asia.