This is a question I have been struggling with these past few months. I don’t mean to say that China’s economy is headed for a bust (although many are afraid it is), but will the rest of the world ever like China as much as it did during the Beijing Olympics?
It was a moment when China’s human rights issues seemed to be improving, Wikipedia had been unblocked, journalists were given greater freedoms than before, and China had spared no effort in responding to the Sichuan Earthquake. Heck, Beijing even had blue skies for several days in a row! The stadiums and infrastructure had all been built in record time, and the opening ceremony was awe-inspiring. It seemed there was nothing that China couldn’t do.
The 2008 Olympics was China’s grand arrival on the world stage after recovering from a century of civil war, world war, and disastrous policies put in place by the Party. It was a big moment, and all of China’s 1.3 billion people knew it.
It seems that since then China has been chasing that initial high of global respect. They’ve staged the Shanghai expo at an incredible expense, but it went largely unnoticed abroad, as will this years Universiade, and 2014’s Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing is hosting, and they started advertising it last year).
After the 2008 Olympics, China has been as resistant to Climate Change initiatives as the US, increased internet censorship, arrested dozens of dissidents, allowed N. Korea to attack S. Korea twice, raised tensions in the South China sea and Beijing’s air reached “Crazy Bad”.
I think this is a question quite worthy of further discussion, so, in your opinion, Has china peaked?
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