I recently asked some Chinese officials what they thought of Vladimir Putin's intervention in the 2016 U.S. election. Was this smart? Will other countries -- like China -- emulate Russia's example?
After some hemming and hawing, and obligatory disavowals that there is no proof of Russian complicity, they said something pretty interesting: that Russia made a mistake. They have learned, they told me, that American politics is like a seesaw -- if you tip one end, the other goes up in the air
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