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6 | The Risks & the Dangers

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Malcolm Riddell

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Sulmaan Wasif Khan | The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomcy, Tufts University and the author of 'Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping'

6 | The Risks & the Dangers
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BIG IDEA | ‘The real danger is that once toxin has spread through the system, there is no knowing where it will end.’

‘For China, the risks of its current drift are immense.’

  • ‘It’s not just that the bombast has managed to generate resentment.’
  • ‘It’s not even that alienating much of the rest of the world would turn China into a giant version of North Korea.’’

‘The real danger is that once toxin has spread through the system, there is no knowing where it will end.’

  • ‘In China’s own past, similar blindness led to the bloodletting of the Cultural Revolution.’
  • ‘If Zhao or Hua can tweet nonsense about outsiders today, it is but a hop, skip, and jump to smearing any measured policymaker tomorrow.’
  • ‘Ultimately, that spells death for sound policymaking.’

‘For the rest of the world, China’s abandonment of grand strategy poses a problem.’

  • ‘It is one thing to deal with a power that has a clear goal; one might be at cross-purposes, but at least one knows where matters stand.’
  • ‘A power lashing out like a belligerent drunk, however, is more difficult to address.’
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