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Back around 2003 I took a history class titled "The History of Modern China." The professor for that class was a former member of the Nixon administration by the name of Dennis Doolin. Doctor Doolin was a graduate the University of San Francisco, and Stanford University (M.A., Ph.D.). Veteran of the Korean War and taught at several institutions including Stanford University and the U.S. National War College. During his career in the U.S. government he served as Defense Dept. Senior China Analyst, as Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for East Asia, and as Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs he also spoke Mandarin Chinese and Japanese fluently and could actually write in kanji. One of the most interesting things that I learned from Doctor Doolin was that the ancient name of China was not "Middle Kingdom" as is commonly believed but rather "Central Kingdom." According to Doctor Doolin the moniker stemmed from the Chinese belief that China is in the center of civilization and thusly, superior in rank and privilege to all other countries. The point is that, in my opinion, the behaviors that you describe extend to China's international relations.
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Without doubt, that is true: Chinese international relations are very much in conformity with their social behaviour.
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Do you really think the PRC is second rate power?

Except in the number of nukes they are on a level with Russia. Of course if your only counting the US a 1st rate then you have something. I wouldn't sell he PRC short.
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