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The long and winding multipolar road

We do live in extraordinary times.

In Tiananmen Square on the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, amid all the pomp and circumstance, President Xi Jinping delivered a stark geopolitical message:

“The Chinese people will never allow foreign forces to intimidate, oppress or subjugate them. Anyone who tries to do this will find themselves on a collision course with a large steel wall forged by more than 1.4 billion Chinese.”

I have published elsewhere a concise version of the modern Chinese miracle – which has nothing to do with divine intervention, but has been based on “seeking truth from facts” (copyright Deng Xiaoping), inspired by a solid cultural and historical tradition.