China’s century of humiliation is over, and trying to repeat it is a grave mistake, by Timur Fomenko

China did the doormat routine for a century and didn’t much like it. They are going to make sure it doesn’t happen again. From Timur Fomenko at

FILE PHOTO. Xi Jinping reviews the parade soldiers at the military parade for the Commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War is held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. ©  Photo by Simon Song/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

Beijing doesn’t seek world domination, only a rightful position among global powers

“Xi is fixated on ending China’s century of humiliation” – reads an article in Politico, one of the commentaries condemning Emmanuel Macron for his decision to visit Beijing, depicting him as a traitor to the US cause for doing so, and for his later statements.

The article goes on to describe the motivations of China’s leader Xi Jinping: he apparently wants China to “emerge as the greatest power on earth, and he fears the US is equally determined to do everything it can to ensure he fails.”

What is the century of humiliation? Why does it matter to China and what is its relevance today? The term has become a commonly mentioned concept in Chinese political discourse which is used to evaluate the country’s past in the early modern era. China is depicted as having suffered existentially at the hands of foreign powers, which “humiliated” it from a misplaced sense of greatness in an era of national decline. The discourse of humiliation is used to draw a contrast with the current “revival,” as the ruling Communist Party frames it, in China today.

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