Our relationship with China will be one of the most important — maybe the most important –international relationships of the 21st century. So, what do we do? Maybe history can teach us something. Jim Z., our resident China historian (PhD) will take us through this one. He will discuss how China’s past leaves clues to predicting the rising giant’s future development. Will China stay inward-looking? Will it stay stable? Will its rulers yield power peacefully? Will China expand political participation to the point of democracy, or will a more disruptive process have to occur?
We await Jim’s presentation.
- Basic facts about China, including brief history, government, economy. Focuses on 20th century. Source: US State Dept Backgrounder.
- China 1920s to 1991 history, or, if you insist, a pretty useful Wiki History of the Peoples’ Republic of China
- Do China’s traditional culture and history predict a mild, cooperative future [Warning: By a Chinese academic; i.e., a Chinese government employee.]
And, from me here are a few short, generalist-oriented articles on China’s rise.
- [UPDATE]: Read this article before the next two. I posted it six months ago when we last discussed China. It’s an excellent general article on China’s strategic ambitions and their historical roots.]
- Is China Strong Or Weak?
- Don’t Panic About China’s Rise, by James Fallows, a brilliant journalist and China expert.