Thursday, May 3
The April 24 attack against a Chinese energy exploration project in Ethiopia is having some significant reverberations throughout the Chinese policy community. The issue is that the Chinese Foreign Ministry's generation-old mantra, "We are part of the developing world," is no longer shared by the developing world, which now largely sees the Chinese as being just as exploitive as any other major industrial power.There's the end of an era. Me so happy not hear "We just poor developing country" anymore, me go prant rosebush honor joyfur occasion.
This disconnect has already provoked the premature dumping of China's foreign minister. What other changes lie in store for China's coming-of-age, both in China and in the wider world?