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McCain: “Arab Spring Is Coming To China As Well” [New Tang Dynasty TV/Youtube]

From the American-Chinese funded New Tang Dynasty TV, here’s a close look at U.S. Congress Senator John McCain’s reasserting statement during the 48th Munich Conference on Security Policy that ‘the Arab Spring is coming to China as well.’

In a meeting with an atmosphere reported the People’s Daily to be filled with the smell of gunpowder, the South China Morning Posts can also reveal that McCain and Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun had a spar at the major forum. They report that ‘The face-to-face confrontation also highlighted the two nations’ divergent views on human rights, Tibet and China’s territorial disputes in the South China Sea.’

Will China’s high-handed position of stability at all costs compounded by its struggle to contain corruption (think Wukan exemplar) intensify social conflicts and crises to the extent that the CCP will disintegrate?

That said, any suggestion corruption or communism will topple China discounts two facts. First, that new leader Xi Jinping is known for his extremely tough zero-tolerance stance on corruption. Second, that Wen Jiabao has been stressing unwavering reform and rural democracy as a first step toward the democratisation of China.

That aside, it is hard to tell if this move by Republican Senator McCain is short (joining in the Republican election playbook’s China-bashing train that China’s socio-economic conditions are completely different to those of the countries of Arab Spring) or far-sighted.

Is such a move leveraging on the PLA’s lead? The PLA have been forewarning of “increasing infiltration of rotten thoughts” from the West to position military politics at the forefront of China’s critical leadership transition later this year. A more militant China is surely fuel for the us-and-them US military industrial complex?


Filed under: 52 Unacceptable Practices, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Corruption, Culture, Democracy, Government & Policy, Human Rights, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S., Wukan, Youtube

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