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Behind Xis smile image
Behind Xi’s smile

What’s behind Xi Jinping’s seemingly permanent Buddha smile? A diplomat’s answer might run along the lines of the secret strategic calculations that tell Xi the geopolitical balance of power is tilting his way. A sense of impending victory, hubris even. A psychologist’s answer might be different: it points not to victory, or to hubris, but to a force fundamental to China’s collective political psychology: shame.

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