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.
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,
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.