05/14/2014 02:42 pm ET Updated May 14, 2014

Top Chinese Strategist: Will U.S.-China Relations Turn Into 'True Rivalry Between False Friends?'

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Restoring China’s national pride is a primary concern for President Xi Jinping as he seeks to establish a "new type of great power relationship" with the United States, according to a scholar who influences Beijing’s policy with Washington.

In a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun, Yan Xuetong, dean of Tsinghua University’s Institute of Modern International Relations, also said the concept of “conflict control” should play a key role at a time when China’s rise is driving a sea change in the world order.

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