Martin Jacques: The Middle Kingdom mentality

From Guardian Unlimited:

Condoleezza ’s recent visit to east Asia concluded in Beijing, where she made clear her opposition to the new anti-secession law and her view that should be a permanent member of the UN council. With Sino- relations deteriorating and unification of Taiwan with regarded as non-negotiable by the Chinese, it is hardly surprising that these remarks did not go down well. But what has not been reported in the is the reception Rice was given.

One way of taking the temperature in China is the , a very important indicator of in a country where more traditional media are tightly controlled. The importance of – and recent upsurge in – , for example, has found powerful expression on Chinese . The internet response to Rice’s visit has been revealing. The racist character of much of it has moved liberals to protest, most significantly Liu Xiaobo, a veteran critic of mass movements in China since , who has written a response on the New Century Net website.

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