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Opinion

China risks imperial overstretch with post-pandemic aggression

From Hong Kong to Himalayas, Xi Jinping seizes on disarray to expand global influence

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Xi Jinping speaks after reviewing the Navy fleet in the South China Sea in April 2018: leadership demands more than brute might.   © Xinhua/AP

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including "Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan."

President Xi Jinping, seeking to press China's advantage while its neighbors are distracted by the coronavirus pandemic, has lately opened multiple fronts in his campaign to make China the world's foremost power -- from Hong Kong and Taiwan to the South and East China Seas to the Himalayan frontier.

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