REUTERS/David Ryder - Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, September 23, 2015.

Asia Working Group Paper

How Xi Jinping sees the world ... and why

February 2016, Jeffrey A. Bader

Large national transformations are more often the product of historical forces than the writ of one powerful leader. Understanding how Chinese views of international order since 1949 have evolved should help to clarify President Xi Jinping’s particular contributions to the way China sees and wishes to interact with the world.

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