In previous posts I have suggested that the Chinese Communists are essentially a nationalist/authoritarian party now instead of a communist party. They are trying to "ride the tiger" of Chinese (Han) nationalism. They have replaced the ideology of Marx and Mao with devotion to nationalism. I've suggested in the past that this could be a problem for the PRC government some day...what would they do if the nationalist feelings stopped being so easy to control?
Well, for the past several weeks large crowds of Chinese nationalists have been protesting against Japanese consulates and businesses. There is a lot for Chinese to be angry about. Japanese nationalism is alive and well and the Japanese equivalent of "Holocaust Denial" is accepted as the majority opinion and dominates the school books. For example, Japan and Japanese people routinely deny that Japan used biological weapons against Chinese civilians (weaponized strains of bubonic plague used by the Japanese during their occupation of China still kill Chinese people today) but Japanese history books deny this.
The current wave of protests is moving from anger of Japanese views of the 1930s and 1940s and is now being directed against Japanese (and Japanese looking) businesses. The protests are continuing despite seemingly sincere calls by the Chinese government for them to stop.
This brings me to two observations: First, the Chinese government seems to be on the verge of losing control of the nationalism they have been using a crutch to prop up their corrupt and inefficient regime. Second, China should take care to see that Japan does not start to pull its billions of dollars of investment out of China and redirect it to Mexico. The Mexicans would welcome the investment and the increased wealth in Mexico would be a great boon to the American economy.
What do you all think?
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 7:07 AM