Thursday, 26 March 2009

How China views the world?

One has to laugh at the recent Economist front cover:



The people over at Strange Maps discuss the finer details of the map. For example, they write:

In the ocean immediately beyond the city are a few islands of particular interest to China:

* Japan: the old rival, whose rapid modernisation preceded China’s, but now eclipsed and reduced to a few harmless islands.

* Taiwan: similarly superseded by China’s massive economic progress, but still relevant as the rival claimant to be China’s ‘legitimate’ government. Even more repulsive to mainland China is a competing strand of current Taiwanese politics, striving for ‘independence’ and thus eschewing the ‘One China’ policy still officially espoused by both the communist mainland and nationalist Taiwan.

* Hong Kong: the former British crown colony that was handed back to China in 1997 and which has been allowed a degree of autonomy unthinkable elsewhere in China (e.g. Tibet) under an agreement often referred to as ‘One Country, Two Systems’, whereby Hong Kong was allowed to retain its capitalist system and its civil liberties, including inchoate democratic institutions.

* Spratly Islands: a sprawling archipelago of over 600 islets, atols and reefs in the South China Sea, between Vietnam and the Philippines, with barely 5 square kilometers of dry land between them. Because of their strategic location, the Spratlys, or parts of them, are claimed and partly occupied by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia - and as such are a flashpoint waiting to happen.


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5 comments:

Trey said...

The U.S. made China what it is today. Our Country developed the first automobile, atom bomb, as well as the most advanced technology on the face of the earth. China's so called "exports" would not exist without the U.S., because we import more from China than any other country in the world. China's decrease in manufacturing has led to the elimination of 20 million jobs. If you ask me, China's in bad shape, because when the U.S. decides to start moving manufacturing jobs back home and becoming self-reliant again......China's economy will begin to struggle dramatically

Economist said...

Thanks for the comment Trey. What is worrying is that I suspect a lot of Americans think along the same lines as you.

This is why the current recession is likely to become a depression.

I recommed reading some economics text books to see the futility of your proposals. I will post more on this soon.

I would also suggest reading some Chinese history. America is a mere toddler compared to the ancient Chinese civilisation.

This is not to say that the Chinese economy will not suffer but hardship is not new to the Chinese.

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