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Opinion

The four albatrosses weighing down Xi Jinping

Political miscalculation and strategic overreach have united West against Beijing

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The first container train as part of the Belt and Road Initiative is seen at the port of Mukran, Germany: BRI turned into strategic liabilities instead of assets.   © AP

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Xi Jinping may be in denial, but it has become increasingly clear that his risky bets have plunged the country into a deepening geopolitical hole.

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