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Understanding China's conflicted nationalism

Beijing's aggressive behavior undermines its soft power ambitions

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Xi Jinping waves at the end of the ceremony celebrating the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1: the regime under Xi believes that China is no longer a second-rate power.   © Reuters

David Shambaugh is Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs, and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University. He is author of "China's Leaders: From Mao to Now."

Why is it that every time the world thinks China is becoming a constructive and cooperative international partner, Beijing lashes out and undermines its own global reputation?

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