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China's success here to stay

By Andre Vltchek (China Daily)

14:22, January 30, 2012

Despite being repeatedly proved wrong, proponents of the "China collapse" theory have been using it to win their share of the market. A recent article by Gordon G. Chang in Foreign Policy, a bimonthly US magazine, is one such example.

Even though there is nothing truly "revolutionary" in Chang's arguments and predictions, some Western politicians, media outlets and scholars are attaching extraordinary importance to him. In his book, The Coming Collapse of China, Chang predicted that China would "collapse" in 2006. When he saw China was not only still there, but also developing at an accelerated rate, he modified his "prophecy" slightly, giving the country a few more years to live - until 2011.

This is 2012, and I have just left China (Beijing, to be precise) after spending a wonderful few days there. The country looked far from collapsing. In fact, it is thousands of miles away from most Western capitals with their angry, dissatisfied crowds frustrated by social malaise. Obviously realizing that China has once again defied his sour predictions, Chang apologized to his readers and deferred the doomsday scenario to 2012.

Here are some arguments to show how unoriginal Chang's offerings are, at least from the point of view of the Western conservative mainstream: "The global boom of the last two decades ended in 2008, China, which during its reform era had one of the best demographic profiles of any nation, will soon have one of the worst. The Chinese workforce will level off in about 2013, perhaps 2014 a trend that will eventually make the country's factories uncompetitive" Above all, Chang argues: "China's 'sweet spot' is over because, in recent years, the conditions that created it have either disappeared or will soon."

What is fascinating is that Chang is actually redefining what is conservative and what is progressive to suit his political and ideological goals. He calls pro-business reforms "progressive" and sees the recent reforms in China, which are expected to benefit people, as most negative.

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helen at 2012-01-30210.195.113.*
In the United States there are many pens for hire and ghost writers on behalf of the CIA for their disinformation exercises. And quite a number of American Chinese are beholden to US intelligence.We must understand that the majority of Chinese overseas are supportive of China under the CPC. And of course with the Chinese population both in the Mainland and overseas exceeding more than 1.341 billion, there will always be some who would not hesitate to sell their mothers for monetary gains or foreign citizenships. As in all societies and communities, there will always be patriots and traitors.Just remember the mouths and pens belong to others and we cannot control what they mouth or write. Just treat them with contempt they deserve.China will continue its path to pursue a harmonious and caring Chinese society and will not be distracted by 'xiao ren'.

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