October 24th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Southeast Asia ponders what is going on in China

By Fareed Zakaria

China scholars have noted in recent years that the Communist Party is deeply concerned about its legitimacy and grass-roots appeal. That led many to believe it would address these issues by opening up its political system, with political reforms that would accompany economic reforms. Instead, it appears that the party is choosing older, Mao-era methods of crackdowns, public confessions and purification campaigns.

Over the past 30 years, the Chinese Communist Party has extraordinary accomplishments to its credit. In the past decade alone, the average person’s income has close to quintupled, and the country now has the world’s second-largest economy. But perhaps because of this success, many of the challenges China faces are ones in which economics cannot be separated from politics. Addressing concerns about pollution, for example, means slowing industrial growth. Moving toward a more sustainable development model means taking money from state-owned — and politically connected — companies.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed, what's going on in China? Political change has not kept step with economic reform! Economic success allows China to be more assertive on the global stage.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      China's "peaceful rise" is now questioned by its neighbours. High defence spending coupled with its territorial claims in Northeast and Southeast Asia have led to tension and threats of invasion in the region.

      October 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        As a fast-growing economy, China's demand for energy is insatiable and spends billions of dollars in pursuit of foreign energy supplies. The East China Sea and the South China Seas are said to be resource rich, it explains China's territorial disputes with Ja pan and other Southeastern countries. They all welcome Washington's "pivot" to Asia and hope the US would be the wedge between them and China.

        October 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Nick

    Chinese Communist Party successes would not had been possible without unappropriate and naive U.S. politics – that made them possible for disadvantages for American people. Unprofessional U.S. politics has become visible also in other NATO countries, so we can not tolerate it anymore. Especialy, Great Britain was disadvantaged, with the painful loss of Hong Kong, due to non-NATO-aligned Washington DC politics.

    October 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • rightospeak

      You are on the right track, Nick.

      October 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  3. ✠RZ✠

    So be it, how about the rest of us focus instead on getting us off this messed up planet.

    October 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  4. scott adams

    All proof that we know of proves nothing is impossible. Allah didn't create from nothing. Proof to disagree is non-existing. This means Allah created from Allah, which means Allah is physical existence. Existence is not perfect so perfect is non-existing. Undiscovered proof will be ideal at most. This is absolute proof that terrorists are atheistic pawns(exactly what they are against).

    October 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  5. Phelix Unget

    The east asians, remember their own history and having a giant next door could make anybody apprehensive. China needs more space to call their own. Their choking in the streets. The will of the Chinese people will come to know when change has to happen, and it will. Although like I said their choking in the streets, so maybe they will not cross the line. I really don't think China is going to be doing any of "we play the game, the game is to expand their territory". Not while the 5th Fleet is stationed, right around those swimming waters. This isn't coming to a head yet, but the Chinese will still suffer more as a result of pollution, there are ways to clean up the air quality, its just not being cheap when you build, if you doing coal burning then either build or buy a cleaner way to release the waste. China and all of Asia will be interesting for the foreseeable future. Almost three and a half billion will be affected by China developments.

    Now Mr relgious guy, you have an arena to play the games you play, its under the heading Belief Blog. Crazy little SOB.

    October 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  6. ✠RZ✠

    China aiming at world control

    October 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • JQP

      What kind of lame ass comment is that RZ ?

      October 26, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
      • ✠RZ✠

        The kind of comment made by some low-life GPS handle hijacker who'll never grow a pair. I didn't write it.

        October 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • rightospeak

      You got it right , RZ.

      October 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • rightospeak

      You must have had too much truth in your comments for them to handle , RZ,, so they try to sabotage you.

      October 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  7. rightospeak

    There is a lot more to wonder what is going on in the US. As far as China , it was formed with US support as well explained in Utley's book with the help of Harry Hopkins -a Stalin's agent in the White House. Later the Wall Street got rich by selling them technology, giving them capital, and under the banner of Globalism off shored American jobs to them so now they have become our banker. So what is going on in the US ?

    October 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      No doubt about it Rightospeak, we got enough to worry about and deal with right here at home. And China's got plenty of troubles too. But they would be just as content poor or rich rather than go around invading other countries. And if you hadn't had enough yet, well here comes Mr. Blue at AG-EMS with his so new super duper Blitzer EMRG and selling off MQs to other countries like there going out of style. That's right ! Drones for all! We need to make more weapons to get our boys out of trouble like a hole in the head! What we do need is a weapon to keep Washington from putting our boys unnecessarily in harms way in the first place. Give a whole new meaning to the term "smart bomb".

      October 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Reply

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