As dust settled from last month’s discordant US-China summit in Alaska, the People’s Daily published two photographs side by side. One showed the 1901 Boxer Protocol meeting in which Western powers forced their way onto Chinese soil after quelling an anti-foreign uprising.
China regards those sanctions imposed on the corrupt Qing dynasty as the beginning of its national humiliation, which saw swathes of sovereign territory fall under the control of America, Britain, Germany, France and Japan. It only ended in 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party came to power.
The second photograph showed the Alaska summit. […]