China's History of Humiliation (3)

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China regained the respect it deserves when it wowed the world holding the highly successful Beijing Olympics six years ago. Having realized the dream of the century, perhaps it is time to relegate the Century of Humiliation to history where it belongs, says a Chinese newspaper. With its new-found status, China watchers are now egging its leaders to understand, respect, and engage with the present-day international system. As a newly rising great power, China needs more time to learn the rules of the game among the great powers and should respect and be sensitive to those rules, says a Chinese professor. Which remind us that this bullheaded attitude to ignore the rules is what drives China not to participate in the ongoing arbitration before the UNCLOS. And despite calls for China to join a multilateral discussion of the South China Sea issues, it insists on a one-to-one approach with each of the claimant countries, the Philippines included. The Chinese argue that zero-sum, struggles between nations are disadvantageous even to those that occupy a strong position in the system. …