China, the ‘Victor Power,’ Is Both Arrogant and Insecure | Opinion

GORDON G. CHANG

The most dangerous thing in the world today is Chinese arrogance. The second most dangerous is Chinese insecurity.

China’s arrogant and insecure leader is now going on a nationalist bender. Members of the country’s elite take their cue from Xi Jinping and believe that they, the inheritors of “more than 5,000 years of history,” are destined to rule the world.

The entire world? Xi, using the language of two millennia of emperors, suggests he has the Mandate of Heaven to rule tianxia, meaning “All Under Heaven.” When speaking of “a community of shared future for mankind,” as he often does, he is surely thinking that everyone else has the common obligation to submit to him…

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