‘Get ready to fight’: China shifts from Deng’s ‘low profile’ to Mao’s aggression

Nothing illustrates better the conservative turn that Chinese politics and foreign policy have taken under the Xi Jinping administration than the way ministers and senior cadres are reviving the credos – and familiar sayings – of Chairman Mao Zedong.

Consider the reaction of the new Chinese ambassador to the United States Cui Tianhai to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement earlier this week that Washington supported Tokyo’s administrative rights over the contested Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyus in China). Continue reading