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China believes that America is forging alliances to stop its rise

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FOR CHINESE leaders, the rows about AUKUS, a new security pact between America, Australia and Britain, confirm cherished prejudices about the Western world. China has always believed that America’s network of global alliances is a cover for hegemony, even if American leaders offer warm words about defending universal values, standing up for friends and opposing “attempts by stronger countries to dominate weaker ones”, as President Joe Biden did at the UN on September 21st.Listen to this storyYour browser does not support the element.Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android.Chinese suspicions are, in this case, …

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