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With U.S. President Donald Trump's administration turning its back on internationalism, China has stepped forward to assume the mantle of global leadership.The postwar liberal order has been in serious trouble since the 2008 financial crisis, which weakened Western economies and undermined global-governance bodies and regulatory institutions. Starting in the 1990s, China began to see the U.S. and the West as representing the global mainstream. While Chinese leaders might not aspire to join the West, they have certainly sought its recognition. They do not want China to be perceived as a hostile revisionist power, and cast into the "outgroup" of the existing order.This is why China began to gravitate toward the West and seek further integration into the global economy. Fortunately, China is not acting like a traditional revisionist power, and it remains deeply committed to economic globalization.
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