Xi Jinping’s Rise Is No Historical Accident

How 'The Longer Telegram' misunderstands the Chinese Communist Party's quest for power.

On January 28, the Atlantic Council published a lengthy paper titled “The Longer Telegram: Toward a new American China strategy.” The analysis is loosely modeled after the “Long Telegram” authored by George Kennan, a veteran American diplomat. Writing as “Mr. X” at the outset of the Cold War, Kennan offered his …

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