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The West needs to understand that China's people are not a monolith

Nothing boosts hyper-nationalist sentiment more than outside condescension

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People gather to attend an official flag raising ceremony to mark National Day next to Tiananmen Square on Oct. 1: they believe that the Communist Party has indeed delivered for them.   © Getty Images

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

In most cases, though thankfully not always, the Western discourse concerning China frames the Chinese people through two widely different lenses.

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