Security guards take a look at military delegates during President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 19th party congress in Bejing on October 18, in which he stressed the country’s many achievements and made clear that he believed China was on the precipice of becoming a “great” global power. Photo: AFP

Now a leading nation, China must shed its ‘poor cousin’ persona

Daniel Wagner says Xi Jinping’s forceful speech at the party congress gives notice of the country’s arrival as a global power. It does not befit its status to receive aid as a developing country, nor play by its own rules in a world it seeks to lead

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Security guards take a look at military delegates during President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 19th party congress in Bejing on October 18, in which he stressed the country’s many achievements and made clear that he believed China was on the precipice of becoming a “great” global power. Photo: AFP
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