How China Dictates the Rules of the Game

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—
if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into
history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the
Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.’” – George Orwell, 1984

Recently, news coverage of Asia has focused on
Donald Trump’s trade war against the People’s
Republic of China (PRC). While it is an important
story, as we have seen ad nauseam with Mr.
Trump, he changes his mind quite frequently. The
more important story with China has developed
over the course of several months—China
sails its aircraft carrier group in a controversial
location; countries involved in China’s Belt and
Road Initiative (BRI) cede to it key ports; private
companies apologize for breaking Chinese law;
and the Trump administration accuses China
of “Orwellian nonsense. All of these seemingly
unrelated events and stories coalesce into a larger,
much more troubling, picture of China asserting
its economic might to dictate the rules of a new
international order.

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