Wednesday, 4 June 2014

China As A Superpower

I have heard a lot of people cheering the rise of China as a Superpower, looking forward to the day that it replaces America at the top of the food chain and ushers in an era of Chinese dominance but events 25 years ago today should cause a pause for thought just what they are cheering for.
In 1989, students and protesters packed Tiananmen Square demanding Democracy and were brutally put down by the Chinese military.
The lasting image of the short lived demonstration was the single man stood in front of the column of tanks that had been sent in to the Square to literally crush the rebellion.
The man blocked the path of the tanks then climbed onto the lead tank, pounded on the hatchet, and appeared to speak to the soldiers inside before clambering back down in front of the tank where two men ran into the street and pulled him away.
It is a mystery what became of him and rumours run from him being captured and executed to fleeing to Taiwan or just melting back into the general population and sensibly keeping his head down.
China has undoubtedly moved on in the quarter of a century since the protests but it is still a strict single-party state and its actions over the Diaoyu Island show that it is not adverse to using its military when it's interests are at stake.
Whether China would behave in the manner of the US or if it will necessarily be better or worse we will have to wait and see but as history has shown, whoever has taken a turn as the top dog, none of them have been particularly pretty so we would be foolish to think China would be any different.

2 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

Fair assessment. The Chinese dont appreciate individualism or life as musch as the west - speaking culturally. What gies with that is loss of property rights, personal freedom, and the willingness to more readily use force on its own people.

I like the cuisine and the Chinese that i know have a great sense of humor. They are also cynical enough to not trust government. So i like them!!

Q

Keep Life Simple said...

I should say the chinese view individuslism and life differently. Instead of less...

Q