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Don’t let China be a Middle Kingdom bully

Dec. 13 (WashingtonPost/by Richard Cohen): China is recasting itself as a latter-day Middle Kingdom, not so much an epoch as a mind-set – the ethnocentric conviction that it occupies the middle of the earth and is surrounded by barbarians.

But China cannot be some Middle Kingdom redux, making its own rules on everything from unilaterally claiming a hunk of the ocean to imprisoning the most unassertive of political protesters. China’s money buys many things, but not – for the sake of its own dissidents and our national pride – America’s silence.

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