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“In much of our literature, China is now described as a rising country. No Chinese thinks of China as a rising country. In 18 of the last 20 centuries, China was the most powerful country in the world. And then there was the aberration, in the Chinese mind and experience, of the 19th and early 20th centuries in which China did not catch up with the Industrial Revolution, and was temporarily weak. But in the Chinese mind — and I am reluctant to speak with so many Chinese in the audience here — but as I understand it, in the Chinese mind, they do not think they are a rising country. The Chinese think they are reclaiming the place that has historically been China’s. And they are returning to this place.”