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Ex Obama Official Shares Views of China

Obama’s ex-head of policy planning in the State Department and Princeton professor Anne Marie Slaughter has lived in China and knows the place better than most western wonks; her years near the top of the US foreign policy system give added weight to her words.  After attending a conference on China’s future in Singapore, she’s published her reactions in the Atlantic.

Slaughter’s core view corresponds with my own: China is rising, but not as smoothly or as quickly as Chinese hope and think.  Innovation problems, infrastructure bottlenecks, social tensions, water shortfalls and other obstacles are likely to complicate China’s rise.  At the same time, the frequent overestimation of China’s power by public opinion may drive the country down a confrontational path in foreign affairs.  Read her whole take here.

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