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The annals of Chinese overreach (II)

I see where a Chinese navy ship tried to confront an Indian navy ship that was steaming off the coast of Vietnam. Just when you think China is becoming a great power, it starts acting like a chump. Or like an early 19th-century example of unbridled capitalism — with police beating to death a teenager ...

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I see where a Chinese navy ship tried to confront an Indian navy ship that was steaming off the coast of Vietnam.

Just when you think China is becoming a great power, it starts acting like a chump. Or like an early 19th-century example of unbridled capitalism -- with police beating to death a teenager who was caught near a protest against a land grab involving a Communist Party official who was playing footsie with a real estate developer who was plowing up the graves of locals' ancestors.

And don't forget that Chinese general's 15-year-old son driving a customized BMW without a license. 

I see where a Chinese navy ship tried to confront an Indian navy ship that was steaming off the coast of Vietnam.

Just when you think China is becoming a great power, it starts acting like a chump. Or like an early 19th-century example of unbridled capitalism — with police beating to death a teenager who was caught near a protest against a land grab involving a Communist Party official who was playing footsie with a real estate developer who was plowing up the graves of locals’ ancestors.

And don’t forget that Chinese general’s 15-year-old son driving a customized BMW without a license. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1
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