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Fascinating conversation! Thanks for putting it together.

A quibble: China is not, has never been, and has no plans to become the Bad China which Charles Parton assumes was, is and will be the case.

China has harmed nobody and helped billions of people. We, by contrast, have helped few and harmed billions.

As to Xi struggling with China's economy, for God's sake at least check the stats. Xi more than doubled the real incomes of every Chinese before his second term was up. GDP growth in 2022 was 3% of $30 Tn PPP, or $1 Tn.

In only five prior years has China's economy has grown that much.

Xi is safe for now...

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