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How World Politics Look From Beijing: Expert Weighs In

File image of Yan Xuetong, dean of Tsinghua University's Institute of International Relations and one of China's foremost foreign policy scholars. Image CC BY-SA 4.0.

How has China’s view of the world shifted in the last decade? A recent interview with Yan Xuetong, one of China’s most prominent political scientists, provides fascinating answers.

Yan is the Director of the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University. In a wide-ranging interview with the Chinese publication The Paper (read a two-part English translation in the Sinification Newsletter), Yan retraces predictions he made in his 2013 book The Inertia of History: China and the World by 2023.

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