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Books: Adding nuance to the China discourse

Elizabeth Economy offers a crash course in how Beijing views the world

The "World According to China" is a well-timed look at how Xi's agenda has shifted from neutralizing real or perceived political rivals while consolidating power to one that is insular, yet seeks to influence the outside world and expand China's territorial claims.

TAIPEI -- Two decades ago, Gordon C. Chang's book "The Coming Collapse of China" famously predicted the fall of Communist rule in the world's most populous country in 2011. The bestseller easily found an audience, as few people at the time took China or the Chinese Communist Party seriously in 2001.

Today, the perception pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, with many viewing China as an unstoppable economic, political and military juggernaut -- one increasingly viewed by democracies worldwide as a rival, or worse.

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