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China Grapples With the Realities of Global Power

May 28, 2015 | 09:45 GMT

China Articulates its Expanding Defense Interests
Top: People's Liberation Army Air Force J-10 fighter jets fly in an air show. Center: People's Liberation Army soldiers show their skills in Beijing. Bottom: A Chinese Navy submarine appears at an international fleet review.

(JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images, FENG LI/Getty Images, GUANG NIU/AFP/Getty Images)

China's expanding economic and military activities in developing countries will make it increasingly difficult for Beijing to counter accusations of imperialism and convince other countries that it remains both politically neutral and capable of protecting its interests....