China’s Inauspicious Year

In The Nation, Jeffrey Wasserstrom writes about the series of major events that have gripped China so far this year: the anti-Maglev protests in , the crippling snowstorms in February, the unrest in Tibetan areas in March, and the devastating earthquake last week:

And it’s only May. No matter what happens next, is shaping up to be one of the most eventful and tragic years in recent Chinese . And the way the Chinese people and the leadership have risen to meet these unforeseen events challenges us in the to rethink our often distorted view of China. Here are five lessons that are emerging.

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