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If China seeks to become a great power, others decide if it’s loved or feared

More than 60 years ago, Mao Zedong envisaged that China would one day become a great power, while retaining amicable relations with the rest of the world.Mao’s 1957 statement arguably inspired President Xi Jinping’s global ambitions and his “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation, leading him to describe China in 2014 as “a peaceful, amiable and civilised lion”.Even critics agree China is well on its way to becoming a leading power, especially after so many Western governments have floundered…More than 60 years ago, Mao Zedong envisaged that China would one day become a great power, while retaining amicable relations with the rest of the world.Mao’s 1957 statement arguably inspired President Xi Jinping’s global ambitions and his “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation, leading him to describe China in 2014 as “a peaceful, amiable and civilised lion”.Even critics agree China is well on its way to becoming a leading power, especially after so many Western governments have floundered…Read MoreSouth China Morning Post