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China abhors the rules-based order but what does it want instead?

Xi must better explain what he means by a shared future for mankind

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Xi Jinping reviews the People's Liberation Army Navy fleet in the South China Sea in April 2018: the most dangerous development in the Indo-Pacific is a shift toward a power-based order.   © Xinhua/AP

Alexander Neill runs a strategic advisory consultancy in Singapore, with 20 years of experience focusing on Indo-Pacific security and geopolitics.

In early May, the Group of Seven nations demanded that China "participate constructively in the rules-based international system."

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