- Western policies have largely failed to shape, slow, or stop an emboldened Beijing that knows it’s no longer simply a “rising” power
Dealing with China is so complex it’s produced its own lexicon:
Engagement. Containment. Confrontation. Constrainment. Even
The word stew reflects the dilemma for governments facing a
power that is no longer simply “rising.” The leadership under Xi
Jinping believes China is now strong enough that it can forcefully
assert its agenda both at home and abroad because it has reached
the point it can withstand whatever penalties come its way.
Xi’s imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong
despite global outrage, a deadly military skirmish on the border
with India and Beijing’s aggressive pandemic-era diplomacy are
only the latest examples of how Western policies have largely
failed to shape, slow or stop China.