China’s Unique Situation
Seldom do nation states acquire global stature, wealth and power in less than one generation; rarely do three living generations witness that change simultaneously. In the wake of Hu’s departure there is great uncertainty with the future of China. There is great skepticism in how China would fair in a global economic slow-down and the resilience of the Chinese economy. With China beginning its new decade-long political reformation there are many questions for the outside world, but even more-so for the socially emancipated youth who have experienced the re-birth of a nation.
I don’t think any of the above really matter. To understand China you must understand the ferociousness of poverty. In the past two decades three generations of 1.3 billion Chinese experienced a great economic and cultural renasciamento, one the world has not seen in five-hundred years. The Chinese who experienced this great awakening will not go gently into that good night, nor will they regress back in time.
Those who count China out were not made in China. When one compares the apathetic, detached, docile and unaspiring state of the North American and European youth, to their adventurous, curious and ambitious Chinese counterparts, the answer is visibly apparent.