Rethinking China

A pattern of disturbing behavior--from saber-rattling over Taiwan to strong-arming Western business--is causing concern about China's swiftly growing power

This was the hope: After decades of hostility and conflict, China would open to the outside world and embrace at least some Western values. Businesses would be able to tap the Middle Kingdom's vast market, creating wealth at home and in China. Gradually, as the Chinese tasted the fruits of economic progress, they would demand and obtain greater political freedom, easing both the Communist Party's iron grip and any possible threats from the People's Liberation Army.

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