The Little Country That Stood Up To China

FILE - Xi Jinping, China's president and Communist Party chief, left, eats a Hawaiian macadamia chocolate gifted by Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, not seen, during a governors meeting held inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall as Vice President Joe Biden, right, looks on in Los Angeles., Feb. 17, 2012. As President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping prepare to hold their first summit on Monday, Nov. 15, the increasingly fractured U.S.-China relationship has demonstrated that the ability to connect on a personal level has its limits. Biden nonetheless believes there is value in a face-to-face meeting, even a virtual one like the two leaders will hold Monday evening. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

At a glance

  • According to Ben Johnson, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks fluent English, yet there is one word he hasn’t heard often enough to master: “No.”
  • The Chinese Party leader presides over a global Communist colossus that has continued growing more vital as a political leader in the United States.
  • Johnson noted China wields its economic, diplomatic, demographic, and military power to bully and cajole anyone who gets in its way — apparently with unwavering success.

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