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PacNet #4 – China Spreads its Wings

“China cannot develop itself in isolation from the rest of the world.”


These are the words of Premier Li Peng, the most nationalistic of the top Chinese leaders. Hardly revolutionary sentiments, one might think. But in China, which has traditionally shunned multilateralism for fear of being bullied over such issues as security in the South China Sea and human rights, they mark an important shift.