Understanding China’s Diplomatic Discourse

In 2013, China’s newly-appointed top leader, following the footsteps of Jiang Zemin, one of his predecessors, achieved the goal of having a working meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. During the past twenty years, China’s ruling party realized that, in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the U.S. had become the world’s only super power, and that it was enthusiastic to use its unipolar hegemony to advance the U.S.-designed global order. For these reasons, stabilizing China’s relationship with the U.S....

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