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Culture Clash in the Middle Kingdom

For centuries, people viewed the world in terms of West and East - different spheres, even different planets, too culturally distant to reconcile. But is that really true?

As of 2021, it can look that way. After years of political strife, relations between the United States and China - the leaders of those different spheres - are as bad as they've ever been. Even the citizens of these countries don't trust each other. Is this really destiny after all, or just a matter of simple understanding? And can we mend this gap that divides us?

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