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Understanding China's pettiness complex

Mean-spirited tough-guy antics have won Beijing nothing but bad press

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A plane carrying a batch of China's Sinovac vaccines arrives at an airport in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador, on July 7: China has spared no efforts to show its magnanimous side.   © Reuters

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

China's craving for recognition as a benevolent and generous great power is no secret.

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