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Olivier Roy is a senior researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). He currently lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris and has acted as consultant to the French Foreign Ministry (Center for Analysis and Forecast) since 1984. Olivier Roy was also a consultant with UNOCA on Afghanistan in 1988, special OSCE representative to Tajikistan (August 1993 to February 1994) and headed the OSCE Mission for Tajikistan from February to October 1994. He is also the author of Globalized Islam, published by Columbia University Press. Close.

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China and Global Threats

China is less interested in international security because it feels far less insecure than other countries. It is too big to really suffer from a single nuclear strike coming from a small rogue state; it can bear terrorist actions without a public opinion uproar against the government.

At the same time, a certain level of world insecurity serves to weaken what is perceived as U.S. hegemony. One should never forget that in the long run the U.S.-China rivalry will overshadow present international terrorism, as well as the threat of nuclear proliferation -- and the Chinese are more comfortable with their long term prospects than the Americans are.

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POSTED July 10, 2006 5:00 AM

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