What Holds China Together?
Not coincidentally, China's ongoing crises in Hong Kong and Xinjiang are at its unstable and ill-defined borderlands. In this essay for the New York Review,
I look at how China inherited its borders and why it's been unable to come up with workable values or a national narrative to hold the country together.
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