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Old May 11th, 2018, 10:15 AM   #1
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China plays the long game.

Xi Jinping plays chess while others don't.

From Axios AM Newsletter:

When was the last time you hear a U.S. leader talk about 2050?

Chinese President Xi Jinping does.
A recently released 272-page book of Xi's remarks on “national security” includes previously unreleased comments that give a stark view of the president’s motivations, the N.Y. Times' Chris Buckley and Paul Mozur report from Beijing:
Some quotes from this book:

In 2013, Xi "pointedly said that Western domination came thanks to technology":
“Advanced technology is the sharp weapon of the modern state. ... You cannot buy the truly core technologies."

"Our technology still generally lags that of developed countries ... In core technological fields where it would be impossible for us to catch up by 2050, we must research asymmetrical steps to catch up and overtake."
Also in 2013, he made clear he was alarmed by U.S. surveillance capabilities exposed by Edward Snowden:
“The internet has become the main battleground of struggle over public opinion."

"Western anti-China forces have constantly and vainly tried to exploit the internet to ‘topple China.'"

"Whether we can stand our ground and win this battle over the internet has a direct bearing on our country’s ideological and political security.”
In 2014, Xi warned Chinese military officials that they risked being eclipsed technologically by the U.S.:
“A new technological and industrial revolution is brewing ... The United States is the leader of the pack in this revolution in military affairs." advantages in military technology."

"The United States is accelerating development of ... advanced weaponry has technologically broken through spatiotemporal boundaries. Once they are deployed for actual combat, they will fundamentally transform the traditional array of offense and defense in warfare.”
And in 2016, he said he worries about debt:
"[R]isks are accumulating from ... government debt, and internet financing ... The United States subprime crisis erupted in a night. If we’re going to have big trouble in the future, it could well be in this area."
Along the same lines, an analysis from the Axios stream:

China has stayed out of regional conflicts in the Middle East for decades. But with its massive international infrastructure plan, Beijing is finally ramping up involvement — and it's determined to win influence, Axios' Erica Pandey writes:

Between the lines: If it's successful, a big reason will be that China hasn't taken sides or made enemies in the Middle East.
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