Why has CCP turned nasty?

CCP waited, and waited, until it is powerful enough. (Credit: hto2008 | Flickr)

Many blame CCP’s increasing aggression on Xi’s leadership. Not right.

Xi’s predecessor, Deng, who opened up China to the West famously said “hide your strength, bide your time”. But for what? For exactly the ‘China dream’ of ‘dominance’ that Xi champions today.

Clearly the underlying aggressiveness is shared by all CCP leaders. But why has the CCP suddenly become manifestly nasty NOW?