Friday, March 30, 2007

China's great game in Asia

"The Communist Party fears that allowing political freedom to flourish on its fringes would loosen its ability to monopolise power in China as a whole. And there lies the real reason why China is so friendless. With no attractive ideas or values to appeal to neighbours, it falls back on a resurgent nationalism that scares them instead: we were a great power, should always be a great power, and by golly look at us now, so get out of the way!" —The Economist

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