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How Not to Deal With China

The worst thing is to oppose China's ambitions and then fail.

A more confident China isn't necessarily a threat.

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China's creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the bungled U.S. response have given Beijing a nice diplomatic win. Not hugely consequential in itself, the episode is a case study in how not to deal with the world's biggest emerging power. Before it happens again, the U.S. and its friends ought to pause and reflect.

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