China’s “Split Personality” – Susan L. Shirk

From The China Blog – :

Having trouble getting a coherent picture of China as a rising power? No wonder. The contradictory images are difficult to reconcile.

China calls itself a responsible power — a term it appropriated from Clinton administration speeches on China. But it also has deployed more than 700 missiles aimed at .

China has stepped forward to mediate the conflict between the U.S. and over North Korea’s . But it also has encouraged a virulent form of -Japanese nationalism that erupted into violent demonstrations in 2005.

Judging from its international behavior, China has a split personality. And both faces of Chinese power are rooted in China’s internal fragility and the domestic insecurities of its Communist Party leaders. [Full Text] and Author’s Respones to Reader]

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