The China Asians want

Dealings between China and its neighbours should be characterised as having limits, with reasonable, rational and rules-based expectations on all sides.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meeting Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr at Malacanang Palace in Manila this month. PHOTO: AFP
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China's list of challenges is long and relates to not only domestic conditions. The external environment is also unfavourable, including the turbulent global economy and rising energy and food costs. Additionally, and particularly, is the fallout from contested supply chains and technology, trade and investment stemming from Sino-US tensions.

Opinion in the West overall towards China has turned negative, even among governments in Europe that once openly welcomed it. As the war in Ukraine continues, the narrative is not only that Russia is the aggressor but also that China is its friend "without limits" and possible enabler.

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