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Tuesday 20th March 2018

China's Unrest


Roberto Tumbarello

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 15:21 GMT

In just 70 years China has become the largest untouchable power in the world. It’s industrial and economic development is nothing short of surprising. From an agricultural country debating between Japanese invasions and poverty and difficult connections between the countryside and central power, it is today at the forefront of scientific research and technology. Chinese nuclear warhead ballistic missiles are able to reach Washington in less than an hour. It is a country that everyone admires. 

However, the establishment is going through a complicated period from a political point of view. China has problems on several fronts. The trade war with the United States, and protests in the city of Hong Kong, which wants to maintain autonomy are just the start. 

The situation in Xinjiang, a region in the northwest of the immense country where the Uighur Muslims live, is particularly worrying. The Turkic ethnic minority of eight million people has long been in conflict with the central authority in Beijing. According to confidential news, more than one million people belonging to ethnic Muslim minorities live in prison camps, which, however, President and Secretary General of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, 66, claims to have closed. 

When Mao Zedong (1893-1976) proclaimed the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, the country emerged from a long and bloody civil war. The communists won against the nationalists of Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) who took refuge on the island of Formosa (Taiwan) and founded the Republic of China. 

Today – It seems a miracle – the People's Republic is a very rich country where even the farmer who lives in the most remote countryside of the country enjoys social security and the national health service. It is at the forefront in respect of the environment and in the fight against CO2 emissions. 

China is peacefully invading many territories of different continents, where they are building railways, highways and hospitals. They’ve even bought public debt from many countries, from the United States too. The naive are happy to have unaware business relationships that will then be swallowed up by this formidable giant. 

The military parade that celebrated the important anniversary on October 1, which attracted over one hundred thousand citizens to Tiananmen Square, was an exhibition of strength and power. The display of intelligent missiles that, thanks to their exclusive technology, escape the interception of any defensive apparatus, has been interpreted as a demonstration of absolute supremacy. 

The exhibition of the Df 41 missiles, capable of carrying ten nuclear warheads, surprised and even threatened. And also that of the Df 58 and Df 17, supersonic missiles, able to fly at a speed five times higher than that of sound and to avoid being identified by radars. 

President Xi Jinping’s celebratory speech confirmed the economic and military power of the country. "No one can shake China,” he said. “Nor stop the people from their will to go further and further. This is demonstrated by our great achievements that amaze the world ”. 

Xi Jinping also ensured prosperity and stability for Hong Kong and Macao, two semi-autonomous regions. But he also called for a complete reunification of the country. It means that the efforts of the young rioters in Hong Kong, who are protesting against the communist party precisely coinciding with the celebration of the republic, are so far tolerated, but not accepted. Beijing's goal is to incorporate them into the rest of the country.

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