Friday, August 1, 2008

A Lengthy Analysis of China: Introduction

Post 1 of an 11 part essay on how the recent unrest in Tibet is a barometer of the various internal issues and the international pressure that China is struggling to deal with.

The new reality over the past few decades has been the resurgence of China on the world stage. Spurred by rapid economic growth, China’s commercial and political actions have become some of the dominant factors shaping the world today, elevating China back towards the powerful, influential position it has been in for most of human history.

But even as China’s growing economic and political clout has enabled it to start to reemerge as a world power, several important domestic issues continue to deter and distort China’s development. The recent upheaval in Tibet is just the latest indicator of the internal challenges that China must face before it can complete its reemergence. In fact, the tumultuous situation in Tibet is an accumulation of a number of these internal problems, in particular China’s territorial and sovereignty disputes, the condescending attitude of the Han Chinese towards other ethnicities, the unregulated and imbalanced Chinese economy, and the Chinese government’s autocratic rule.

In addition, as China’s influence continues to grow, so will the various pressures it will face from the international community as it adjusts and reacts to the effects of not only China’s economic and political might, but also of its internal issues.

Truly, China has not fully reemerged quite yet. How China deals with the growing international scrutiny as well as with its internal issues, such as those that have antagonized the situation in Tibet, will determine just what kind of power China develops into.

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