China’s endeavor to revive a grand “Chinese Dream” of past glory and preeminence in world affairs is the driving force in creating the current geopolitical tensions in the Asia Pacific region. The US Military superiority and American political hostility toward Chinese communism have been able to check and balance China’s age-old ambition of dominance in the region. However, China’s perception of an inexorable US “decline,” and American political and business leaders’ abandonment of hostility toward Chinese political system, plus a few policy miscalculations, have all helped emboldened China to be more militarily aggressive and politically cantankerous.
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