A sampling of the comments in response to John Garnut’s analysis of China over-stretching its power. A pertinent remark here - ”How do you deal toughly with your banker?” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
And here are what readers of the Age have to say…
The fundamental question is this. Does China have any reason to resent extenal influence? Less than 100 years ago China was carved up by Japan, UK, USA, Germany, Portugal, France who plundered the country. They stole cultural relics of which China’s constant pleas for them to be returned have been disappointingly denied. The Island dispute with Japan has is not new news its just that now people care because for the first time China can finally protect itself. History has shown China that Western Allies are NOT their allies.
Ken | Sydney – December 31, 2010, 9:33AM
When was the last time we saw a rapidly arming, highly populated, nationalistic, brutal autocracy talking up it’s greatness while banging on about historical grievances? Oh that’s right, it was Germany and Japan in the 30′s. The Germans even had an Olympics to flex their muscles, but that wasn’t enough. They hack with impugnity and employ people like Ciao to astroturf the party line. All militarised dictatorships are a threat to their neighbours. China has never stopped threatening to crush democratic Taiwan. Liberalisation and democracy is the best outcome, war is the worst; in the mean-time, containment is essential.
CityWorker | Melbourne – December 31, 2010, 10:43AM
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Overreach in Beijing’s great power leap
Source – The Age, published December 31, 2010
It was only last year that China surprised itself as much as anyone else by discovering that it had arrived as a world power, years ahead of expectations.
The great leap in relative power was partly due to the Chinese Communist Party’s unique capacity and determination to pump up the local economy at a time when the developed world was being battered by the financial crisis.
”How do you deal toughly with your banker?” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, referring to China, asked then Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd in March 2009, according to US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. Read the rest of this entry »