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[VIEW] Managing the fundamental change of a century in world politics

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By You Ji

You JiIn recent years, Chinese leader Xi Jinping coined the widely used phrase "the fundamental change in world politics of the century" to portray China's deteriorating external environment. Without giving a specific definition of what the change is, the general understanding is that it refers to worsening Sino-U.S. relations in the advent of Washington finally coming up with a strategic depiction of China as its peer adversary.

The worsening of Sino-US relations

As a result, the White House has undergone a substantial break in its past China policy of conditional engagement. Increasingly, America is adopting a containment-oriented approach toward China's rise in the process of power transition.

Interestingly, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence denied in his October speech at the Wilson Centre that Washington has opted for a new containment strategy against China. To many international analysts, however, the U.S. containment can be construed as both a selective one, reflected by the decoupling effects of the ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war, and as a targeted one, reflected by U.S. military action to push back Chinese moves in the South China Sea. China is now probably under the heaviest international pressure since its opening to the outside world.

Beijing has adopted effective countermeasures to cope with the U.S. offensive, effective in a sense that it has reaped visible gains at its periphery. Among them, the most prominent foreign policy achievement for Beijing is the calming of the Korean crisis with several summit meetings among four players, Seoul, Pyongyang, Washington and Beijing. Although all have gained in one way or another in the rapprochement, Beijing has at least somewhat relieved an imminent crisis that former Chinese President Hu Jintao once described as more serious than Taiwan's challenge.

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