Directly engaging, picking sides or deploying troops in a conflict would mark the clear end of China's Dengist foreign policy and raise the country to the status of an interventionist power like Russia, the United States or the European states.
The noninterventionist strategy that Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping put in place has served his country well over the years. Some three decades later, however, Beijing has little choice but to alter its long-standing foreign policy to adapt to the times....
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