For the past 50 years the global cultural viewpoint is largely Western (used loosely here)... it would be not practical to think that will always be the case, or has been the case for much of human history.
Using an easy to digest example of "individual freedom and unbridled freedom of expression" vs "know your place and be humble in your speech and actions"... <do your own thought scenario analysis>
The middle is very quiet... are they forced to be so? It's almost like two rival gangs fighting and a couple of old folks stepping in to try to restore peace. Both gangs will slaughter the old folks and then carry on fighting.
It would be one thing to do this behind closed doors. But the hamhandedness of it all resembles flailing more than a coherent strategy.
Is there a domestic nationalistic PR strategy this is playing into?
Havel flew the Tibetan flag for years and was a friend of the Dalai Lama, so I am glad to read that the Tibetan Flag is flying in Prague once again.
For anyone who doesn't know it, the Tibetan flag is one of the more striking world flags.
Probably due to inexperience with dissent since just about everyone capitulated after MFN was made permanent via WTO, whereas with MFN that had to be renewed annually and gave opponents a window to offer counter opinions.
A Facebook post from someone on the Embassy staff.
>Publicly denouncing the NBA?
From what I've seen, an article in a state run paper.
The embassy event is strange, but I'm pretty sure they routinely publish similar articles in their paper.
I think something is causing the Western media to cover the recent cases in detail, and they write the articles to imply the message came from Chinese leaders.
Plus "a statement published on [CCTV Sports'] Sina Weibo account on Tuesday" and the cancellation of NBA's China Games' broadcast .
Later, "Geng Shuang, a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry...said in a regular news briefing Tuesday that the NBA 'knows clearly what to say and what to do'" .
Spinning this as not coming from Xi's administration is absurd.
From the WSJ article, China has an apology playbook as incidents like this aren't rare. This isn't causing a political crisis like the poster said, and the practice predates Xi's reign.
That’s pretty pathetic. Honestly this sounds like a desperate Chinese government worker who is trying to save face
Taipei has a very large family. :- )
That's a lot different than your POV, lol
China wants other countries to fear China's economic and military power, and to bow down to China's demand (or, at the very least, fearful of repercussions from China.)
I suspect that China is perfectly content with not interacting with other countries ever, as long as other countries recognizes China as the most powerful country in the world.
PS. Do you know China's netizens most popular nickname for USA? "America Empire"
Tibet cannot be a separate country (or in that respect, Hong Kong) very much like Quebec cannot be a separate country from Canada.
You can say that China becomes arrogant, but what exactly West expect other than a total war that rewrite much of the world nation borders?
Although way passed the point to convince anyone, my comment above and below conditioned on "after WW2 (breaking up any large geographical country is unlikely)".
The Supreme Court of Canada went on to confirm that a referendum is a legal method for Quebec to initiate secession: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_Re_Secession_of_Queb...
Who are you grouping under auspices of "the Chinese people"? Clearly there are large groups of people within China who want nothing to do with the One China policy.
There is no telling what will happen when the economic gravy train comes to an end, especially if it were to do so in a jarring way. I suspect this is one of the reasons why Xi has become more authoritarian recently.
Can you expand on that? In particular, how that justifies governing those people against their will.
The rule-based global system is a relatively new thing. if you look back pass WW2, it is obvious without the United States as the solo superpower, it is barbarian politics between countries, not so much for "rule-based system".
Thus, what many really expect to see, when they think about national self-determination, it is envisioned as many smaller countries with one superpower, that is the United States, with globally projected military power.
That is certainly possible, but there are many questions left, for example, how that many smaller countries counter-balance the desire of the United States?
Alternatively, can the E.U. be an example? It is certainly possible as well, but we have to ask, at which point, the E.U. will act more like one nation, where is the boundary?
All these discussions are orthogonal to the authoritarian discussions. I am certainly sad to see people view the Chinese as unable to pursuit their own democratic process without breaking the whole country.
No, that is extremely unlikely. Not just unlikely, I would view it as pretty much impossible.
The motivation? A belief that humans are entitled to at least a modicum of political self-determination.
They want 1 hive mind, including religion
You must be talking about the Han people, certainly not the Tibetans or the Uighurs. Those clearly have separatist ambitions, but they don't have the power and the support to make it happen.
As for Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau - none of these want to be united politically with the PRC either, even though they are mostly Han.
A soviet-style political breakdown could be the best thing to happen to the people of the PRC, considering that those smaller Chinese countries are very successful.
[Edit: oska beat me to it, and said it better besides.]
And if Singapore is viable as a separate country, why not Hong Kong too?
Chinese empires have broken up many times in the past. I don't expect the fate of this current empire will be any different.
I think people are slow to realize their new position in the world.
When US and Europe shipped all that manufacturing to China, it created this problem.
No. China’s per capita GDP adjusted for purchasing power parity is still under US$17K. Even with perfectly flat income distribution that would be around half of US median personal income. Realistically, the gap is much more than 2×.
"A regular Chinese now matches a regular American in quality of life as measured by typical economical metrics (adjusted for purchase parity, not in nominal value)."
A regular Chinese in Shenzhen, maybe. I'm not sure about someone from the part of China that isn't on the coast or Beijing.
So what? Its exports account for only ~13%. According to the same data, Belgium is 2.4%. I've never even heard of anything "Made in Belgium".
Sanctions on travel of key foreign citizens
To the extreme, nationalization of foreign owned assets
Economic disaster assuredly.
But we keep hearing the chant, "not for long!"
On the other hand, I can't sympathise with the Tibet supporters either. The issue is not as straightforward as many Westerners believe.
I don't think they would, but neither do I know the statistic. If anyone can provide it (I couldn't), then if they would indeed vote to secede, I'll change my mind.
same goes for Tibet, you think without China they would stay in same place? it's like those people from post communists countries feeling nostalgia about communists and what everything they built forgetting what was built in non Communist countries, you know life goes on with it without Communist party, without usually goes better