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Stopping China’s growth cannot be a goal for the West

By Gideon Rachman

02 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A China that fails threatens global stability—as does a China that becomes more powerful. This article from The Financial Times considers how the West can best respond to this dilemma.

Do we want China to fail? That question came up at a recent seminar I attended for western policymakers and commentators.

The group was leafing through a report on the year ahead, when one of our number asked why one of the dangers listed for 2023 was a sharp slowdown in Chinese growth. “Isn’t that what we want to happen?” he asked.

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