This article is a little pointed, but it raises some really ‘real’ issues – that China is hardly the singular cohesive entity its public image tries to portray by drawing reference to the recent democratization of Egypt. I found this especially pertinent – ‘Economist Xu Xiaonian warns that China risks being trapped in a stage of crony capitalism, where no official can find the energy to give up a system that so readily transforms their unfettered political power into cash. What is ignored outside China is how the system is under savage attack from the opposite direction.’ Also…
‘The parallels [between China and Egypt] include fast economic growth – exceptionally fast in China’s case – accompanied by widening inequalities, systematic corruption and a crisis of injustice… The joke in all the hype about a ”Beijing Consensus” allegedly encroaching across the planet is there is no consensus even in Beijing.’
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China’s eye on Egypt
Source – The Age, published February 15, 2011
The seeds of democracy, so well fertilised in Egypt, are now blowing all the way to China.
DESPITE Beijing’s considerable efforts to prevent it, there is not a thoughtful person in China who hasn’t been asking these past few days how their country compares with Egypt.
The parallels include fast economic growth – exceptionally fast in China’s case – accompanied by widening inequalities, systematic corruption and a crisis of injustice. Read the rest of this entry »
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