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Minxin Pei: The US needs to be real about China's ambitions

The hope of being partners in global influence needs to be replaced with a return to realpolitik

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The realists have won, the liberals have lost. This looks to be history's most likely verdict on the Western debate over China's rise and its emerging conflict with the U.S.

As we worry about the prospect of this looming 21st century great power struggle, there has been increased talk about a possible "hegemonic war" -- a contest for world domination between the existing dominant superpower and a rising challenger.

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