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February 06, 2014

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Kate Reid-Smith

The other real concern to the Chinese government is how to govern an increasingly restless population. In 20 years or so China has achieved what took the West more than 200 years - a population that is healthier, better educated, possesses higher interactive and technical communication abilities, and with increasingly widespread more disposable income, can no longer be curtailed by mere ideological rhetoric. In its place a far more dangerous trope of nationalism in China is arising, and perhaps on par with the ultranationalism often coined as patriotism within which many Western nations embrace. Democracy will not hold the key, nor will a continue penchant by the West to cling to outdated and outmoded international relations and behaviours versions of what constitutes a politically globally inclusive world. While stepping on to the world stage from 2000 onwards is significant for China's leaders, more than a decade on it may also be argued they are increasingly more worried about how to control their own backyard. Both of which are issues are responsive governance rather than reactive providence.

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