SEVEN MYTHS ABOUT CHINA AND ITS HISTORY

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This Article is from The Australian March 2018 We are on the cusp of serious debates about the implications for Australia and the whole Asia Pacific world of the vast increase in Chinese wealth and power this century, not least with the repudiation of political reforms by Xi Jinping and his assumption of indefinite and all but absolute power. In order for those debates to be conducted intelligently and productively, it is vital that we think about China in a clear-headed manner. Unfortunately, the field at present is cluttered with myths about China, sedulously propagated by the Chinese Communist Party,…

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CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

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On the death of Zhao Ziyang and the future of China  “We Chinese people have an old weakness: we cling to some things so hard that we can’t let go…This weakness has blocked up people’s thinking, has stifled democracy and science, has aided ignorance and backwardness, and is a major obstacle to the advance of Chinese society.” Li Ruihuan (1992)[i] “Rapid economic growth is a stressful process…it churns and reorders economic and political elites. It can destabilize the political order that is responsible for the policies that sustain it, unless the political order itself evolves with the economic structure.” Ross…

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QUEMOY: AT THE FRONTIER OF THE POSSIBLE

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  Visiting the island of Quemoy, or Kinmen, as it is now commonly called, is like visiting Check Point Charlie before the Berlin Wall came down, or Panmunjom up on the militarised border between North and South Korea. It is a tiny island, 150 square km in size, set right inside a major inlet in the Chinese coast, just two kilometres from the old port city of Amoy, now the thriving special economic zone of Xiamen. Through the powerful binoculars at the Mashan Hill Broadcasting and Observation Station, on the northernmost tip of the island, you can clearly see the…

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