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How China can become the world's top economy without starting a war

Beijing must do more to manage its own peaceful rise

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A parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, pictured in October 2019: China must recognize that sharp power cannot substitute for soft power.   © AP

Brian Wong is a Rhodes scholar from Hong Kong and founding editor-in-chief of the Oxford Political Review.

As tensions between the world's two largest economies continue to escalate, the so-called Thucydides' trap phenomenon has gained acceptance.

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