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Geopolitics with Chinese characteristics

  • Stephen Goldsmith and Daniel Wagner

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 26 2010   /  08:57 am

Throughout the course of history, the emergence of a new power has often profoundly shifted the geopolitical landscape and caused considerable discomfort among the established order. China’s current economic and political resurgence is doing that, but apart from the inevitable uncertainty and tension associated with any shift in global power, much of the angst in China’s case stems from its failure to engage in behavior concomitant with its increased global responsibilities — or even to acknowledge an obligation to do so.China’s rise may be unique, for it has ascended rapidly onto the global stage by virtue of its total economic might even as it retains characteristics of a developing country by GDP per capita. China seems to want it both ways — it plays geopolitical power games as a force to be reckoned with among equals, yet declines to shoulder the burdens of a great power, ...