Beijing is not yet seeking to usurp the US in the area, but is acting to preserve the standing of the ruling elite
The North Korean nuclear missile threat has provided China with a golden opportunity to assert a leadership role in a matter of critical global security. What’s more, it comes at a time when the world worries that President Trump cannot be trusted to deal with the matter with wisdom and responsibility.
So why does the Chinese government not take advantage and make the most of it? The answer has to be found in the nature of the political system in China, one that places the perpetuation of Communist party power above all else, including foreign policy.