The myth of Chinese exceptionalism
All nations tend to see their history as exceptional, and these beliefs usually continue a heavy dose of fiction. Here are the top three myths of contemporary Chinese exceptionalism.
Myth #1: China did not expand when it was strong.
Myth 2: The Seven Voyages of Zheng He demonstrates the peaceful nature of Chinese power.
Myth 3: The Great Wall of China symbolizes a nation preoccupied with defense.