The Chinese are wary of Donald Trump's creative destruction

Donald Trump is leading a double life. In the West, most foreign policy experts see him as reckless, unpredictable and self-defeating. But though many in Asia dislike him as much as the Europeans do, they see him as a more substantial figure.

I have just spent a week in Beijing talking to officials and intellectuals, many of whom are awed by his skill as a strategist and tactician.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline 'The Chinese are wary of Donald Trump's creative destruction'. Print Edition | Subscribe