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Insights on Chinese Thought

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Prior to the Summer Olympics in China this summer, the New Economist links to an article by Mark Leonard, titled “What Does China Think?” There is interesting coverage of the political repression as well–how it actually amplifies the debate.

Paradoxically, the power of the Chinese intellectual is amplified by China’s repressive political system, where there are no opposition parties, no independent trade unions, no public disagreements between politicians and a media that exists to underpin social control rather than promote political accountability. Intellectual debate in this world can become a surrogate for politics—if only because it is more personal, aggressive and emotive than anything that formal politics can muster.

Interesting. Read the whole article.

Over the past summer, I read an interesting book along similar lines that looked at China’s challenge for America, titled China Shakes the World. The book had great discussion of China’s political and business atmospheres, but was especially insightful in its stories about life on the other side of the world.

The topic of China and its role in geopolitics world wide will become an increasing popular debate in the coming months. It will be interesting whether human rights will advance in China leading up to the games, or if the ruling communist part will assert itself further. 


Written by walonline

March 30, 2008 at 11:22 am

Posted in Geopolitics

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