For Chinese people who study history, the parallels between China’s current situation and what happened at the dawn of the 20th Century are clear.
The Boxer Protocol was an unequal treaty that recognized the right of foreign powers to station troops in China. Many believe it precipitated the fall of the Qing dynasty.
The memories are bitter.
But China today is the world’s second-largest economy, and a global power that is feared by others. It cannot continue to be haunted by the phantom of an Eight Nation Alliance that causes it to lash out at other countries with angry criticism and retaliatory measures for perceived slights.
China needs to imaginatively think about its next bold move. Can it become a country that is open, transparent and cooperative? The world watches closely.
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