The protests by students and young people in China, and similar protests in South Korea, against Japan’s resurgent militarism, are causing growing apprehension among world political leaders, businessmen and now, it seems, the Chinese regime itself.

A brutal police attack on an anti-pollution protest at an industrial park on the outskirts of Dongyang city, Zhejiang province, triggered huge clashes between thousands of protesters and 3,000 riot police.

Angry anti-Japan protests erupted in several Chinese cities at the weekend, with a crowd of 6,000 mostly students and youth marching on the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, while 3,000 demonstrated outside Japan’s consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Even before the recent clashes between China and Japan, China was at the centre of the world’s attention.

Applause interrupted the final session of China’s National People’s Congress on 14 March as it agreed on the new anti-secession law directed at Taiwan. This was the climax of the NPC meeting, a rubber-stamp body of 3,000 functionaries in the ”communist” party apparatus. On this note, the ten-day...

Rapid economic development over 20 years led some commentators to claim China could deliver sustained global growth. But it has started to falter, and risks becoming a destabilising factor in the world. And the dramatic growth has created vast inequalities within this vast country.

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