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Beijing just can’t seem to put the 19th century behind it in ways that could imperil this “Chinese Century.”

The 20th belonged to a United States that is now doing its worst to retrace Rome’s steps. That followed the Pax Britannica of the 1800s. Our current 100-year window is China’s for the taking. With 1.4 billion people, vast state wealth and huge territorial ambitions, what could get in the way of China’s turn to dominate humanity? Beijing’s hubris.

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