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Middle Kingdom Approach U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken articulated the Biden Administration’s policy toward China in a highly nuanced fashion. The key point is that the U.S. does not envision a new Cold War, but rather welcomes competition and wants to mold China into following the post-WWII rules for it. If true, then former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad has a message for Washington – invite China into the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. The IPEF is about formalizing Western-style rules into the Pacific region. If China agrees, then it has done what Blinken articulated. Additional good advice comes from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem, who advised the U.S. to rejoin the CPTPP if it believes its own...

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