Communist China Turns 60 and Reveals Its Insecurities
It seems as only yesterday that the Gang of Four was ruling
The 60th anniversary of Communist China was being celebrated this month, but 60 years ago was merely the victory over the Nationalist Chinese. The People's Republic was proclaimed following the expulsion of the last Chinese Nationalist military forces to
What could and should have been celebrated this week in
Contrary to what commonly is said by the friends of
This resume of recent history is worth reflection, because the biggest of all questions to be asked about
Nearly every comment being published on
This above all threatens the governing
What if bad times come back? The government has thus far weathered the consequences of the world economic crisis, but there is undoubtedly more to come. Suppose the existing prosperity collapses, the great infrastructure and industrial plans fail, living standards plunge?
The anniversary celebrations have made much of
Obviously it is supposed to counter
This brings one other thing to mind. The most powerful force in a nation, particularly in the absence of a motivating ideology or mission, is nationalism. Building modern aircraft and ships is an expensive claim to respect, but likely to be appreciated by the Chinese people. That undoubtedly is what motivates the regime.
A French specialist, Valérie Niquet of the
Changes Comes to Japan but How Much
Few recognize how historic the DPJ victory really is. Japan's Liberal Democratic Party had held power for so long that the world had come to know it as 'the ruling LDP.' But as elections approached, Japanese voters told pollsters that the party had not responded forcefully to the country's recession. LDP approval ratings had been circling the drain for months. Only the scale of the DPJ's landslide win caught anyone by surprise
(c) 2009 William Pfaff