One of the earliest lessons one learns in life is not to give into bullies. Giving in results in more bullying.
China resorts to bullying pretty early on in disputes.
As expected, China is now threatening the UK with unspecified economic consequences if it doesn’t use Huawei switch gear.
China stopped importing Philippine bananas when the Philippines objected to China appropriating the Scarborough Shoal.
China cut down tourists to Korea and organised economic moves against the Korean conglomerate Lotte in retaliation for Korea taking the US THAAD anti-missile system.
But, as Professor Minxin Pei points out in the Nikkei, none of these measures worked to change the stance of its victims.
The aggressed stood firm and the aggressor backed down.
China has found prosperity, but not yet its place in the world.