China Rising Up
The fact that china has gained international prominence got me interested in their development over the past twenty to thirty years. China has become a major player on the world stage. It helps itself by being on the United Nations’ Security Council. Though, China’s national identity was reinvigorated in the 1990s and early 2000s. China has become very important not only as a part of the United Nations, but china also joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 (1). This joining was emblematic and symbolic of China’s coming-of-age out of its economic turmoil for quite some time (2). We can also see their major uprising when they hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008.China becoming a major world player has made them an economic partner with the rest of the world has impacted the political situation in East Asia especially.
The relationship between Japan and China has been particularly bitter-filled in the past twenty years. School Textbooks for both nations have presented counterpoints to each other and their tensions have risen greatly because of it (3). The new China of the twenty-first century compared to that of the twentieth century has been able to rise up out of economic distress, much like Japan had risen like a Phoenix out of the Ashes of World War II. I think that China becoming a major power in the modern world in terms of economics has made great strides for their people. Yet, I think it will make it almost unlikely for them to be influenced by outsiders calling for liberty, like in Tienanmen Square.
(1) Schoppa, R. Keith, East Asia: Identities and chang in the modern world, 1700-present (Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey), 2008, 435.
(2) Schoppa, East Asia, 435.
(3) Schopp, East Asia, 438.
The video below is the Opening Ceremony Chinese drummers. I always find this fascinating to watch. The amount of precision, detail, and time it must have taken to do this. This is exemplary of what China wants the world to see where it has come from, and where it want to be.