The piece declares that the Chinese government “has embraced an increasingly anti-Western tone in recent months,” and runs down moves on a variety of fronts to support its case.

The shift has accelerated as China has emerged stronger from the global financial meltdown, with a world-beating economic expansion rate and a growing nationalist movement. China has long felt bullied by the West, and its stronger stance is challenging the long-held assumption shared among Western and Chinese businessmen, academics and government officials that a more powerful and prosperous China would be more positively inclined toward Western values and systems.

“[T]he long-held assumption … that a more powerful and prosperous China would be more positively inclined toward Western values and systems.” Hmm. Somehow, in the shuffle, I must have missed that meme memo.

This is where reported facts beat sweeping, not-particularly-well-supported generalizations by a wide margin.

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Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at holly.yeager@gmail.com.