Wang Chong

Distinguished Professor, Zhejiang International Studies University

Wang Chong is a Distinguished Professor at Zhejiang International Studies University and a senior researcher of the diplomacy and international relations think tank Charhar Institute. He is on the council of the China National Association For International Studies and a committee member of the One Belt One Road 100 (OBOR100). He is a visiting professor at a communications university in Seoul (韩国首尔传媒大学) and an international affairs commentator with Phoenix TV. He is also the author of several books and his main research areas are China-US relations and Northeast Asia affairs.

Visitors look at a reproduction of street art by US artist Pony Wave that is part of an exhibition titled "Art for the People" on display at the US Embassy in Beijing, China, 21 April 2021. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Grievances against the US? The Chinese need a mindset change

Wang Chong observes that many Chinese are afflicted with a victim mentality and a chip on their shoulder. This colours their view of US-China relations and worsens the spiral of negativity. Rather than perpetuate self-fulfilling prophecies, maybe it is time that the Chinese look at their own weaknesses squarely and tackle them. At the end of the day, it is not about who wins, but who becomes their better self.