Masters of the World The Arrogance of China's Leadership

The West hopes that China's growing prosperity will also lead to political liberalization. But the reverse is likely to be true. The Communist Party's increasing confidence means China is set to become more of a troublemaker on the international stage, and more brutal in its crackdown on dissidents.
Von Erich Follath
China's confidence has been fuelled by surging economic growth, even during the crisis.

China's confidence has been fuelled by surging economic growth, even during the crisis.

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