Beijing adroitly adapted to the post-9/11 international environment by following a pragmatic foreign policy that sought to maintain a stable relationship with the United States while pursuing its long-term strategic goals slowly but surely. In the ensuing decade, Beijing carefully avoided stepping on Washington’s toes and watched, with enormous relief, as the Bush administration dug itself into an ever-deeper hole in Iraq. With a freer hand, China also adjusted its Taiwan policy and managed to reduce tensions in the Taiwan Straits dramatically. It has made significant economic inroads in Africa and Latin America. In East Asia, the perception that China represents the power of the future has taken hold among the region’s elites.
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