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    https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-in...less-offensive

    Perhaps it’s the relative absence of internal debates in China that has caused its policymakers to underestimate their importance elsewhere, especially in democracies. As a result, the PRC has increasingly – and misguidedly – privileged power over persuasion, and assertion over assurance. The impact is becoming painfully apparent around the Indo-Pacific. Indeed, China’s actions are giving real substance to this way of thinking about the region as India is being driven into the arms of the US.

    When the US is led by the most incompetent and unreliable president in recent history (if not all time), this takes some doing. Why would any other potential friend or ally have confidence in America’s ability to sort out its own problems, let alone the rest of the world’s? This is a major opportunity for China to pose as a champion of globalisation – even as a supporter of the fabled “rules-based international order”.
    Perhaps one of the consequences of especially troubled times is that great powers think that “soft power” has little value. To judge from his actions, Trump plainly believes as much. But many of us had begun to think that China was an increasingly engaged and sophisticated foreign policy actor that recognised the importance of cultivating productive international relations. True, the PRC was famously intolerant and repressive at home, but business elites around the world could hold their noses and make lots of money, nevertheless.

    All of these tacit bargains are beginning to unravel. Our domestic capitalist class in Australia has noticeably less influence in debates about China than they once did. Likewise, those of us who quixotically argue for a more independent foreign policy position that treats both China and the US with a degree of caution are given even shorter shrift than usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthieuTofu:
    Isn't re-posting this against the NSL?

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    It's very rare they get put on the spot like this, and this is the result...

    https://twitter.com/BBCPolitics/stat...84810200838145


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    Rudely you say?

    The US has brutally unpacked a container with 60 pieces of furniture (official supplies) ordered by the Chinese delegation to the United Nations and dismantled the wrappings of 12 pieces, the Global Times learned.

    The move seriously violated international practices, and it is expected that China may take reciprocal measures against the US.
    https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1197433.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:


    Didn't they just do that with the US Diplomatic bags the US staff were taking after the Sichuan embassy was closed? I don't think the Chinese can complain much about that, they started that game...
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    I don't use Windows too often, but Notepad++ is my usual choice of text editor when I have to...

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/17/no...?tpcc=ECTW2020

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    I'm sure all 2 million of them will be quite happy with this, their dedication to the party is now public (although I guess US immigration might be fun for them now)...

    https://twitter.com/maree_jun/status...90962087370752


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    Maybe the stories of internal dissatisfaction are true...


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    Quote Originally Posted by stickyears:
    I'm sure all 2 million of them will be quite happy with this, their dedication to the party is now public (although I guess US immigration might be fun for them now)...

    https://twitter.com/maree_jun/status...90962087370752
    That wouldn't be a problem for most Chinese. To be a member of CCP is normally seen as something to aspire to, since it will get you ahead of the queue in many situations (i.e you are connected), apart from being necessary for the more senior government jobs. I recall reviewing CV's when I worked in China that clearly stated that the person was a member of CCP. It's something a Chinese parent will probably proudly declare to their neighbours.

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