Chinese officials are beginning to warn that the ‘demonisation’ of China could lead to an anti-western backlash. This comes following demonstrations around the Tibetan Flame, and the pulling out of many world leaders from the opening ceremony.
Is this bluster, or do they mean it?
Too early to tell. If the latter, then they don’t deserve to be in the modern world. If the former, then the protests are beginning to have an effect. But one thing is for sure, if China wants to be in the modern world, then they have to change.
And this is so for them as well as the rest of the world. The idea that you can run a capitalist economy with a communist government is ridiculous. It will simply make the inner turmoils far worse for them when the peasants begin to see the rich around them.
Their only hope for a continuance of the ‘modernisation’ they are presently involved in is to embrace a policy of human rights, which must begin by freeing Tibet. Maybe – just maybe – they can then enter the modern world, and survive the pangs of change that are coming among their own population.
© Anthony North, April 2008
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