This came out much nastier to Max than I had thought it would, or intended, or intended to intend. I apologize, and withdraw:
How China and the U.S. misunderstand one another: None of this is to criticize Ezra, of course, but just to supplement on his “myth of scheming” – the idea that Washington has successfully convinced the world that its leaders are constantly running sophisticated schemes, when in fact they’re usually struggling to keep up – with Beijing’s own myth of harmony. Why not criticize Ezra? Especially since he has no special expertise on China's foreign and defense policies?