Sunday, April 17, 2005
Divide and conquer
At any rate, anti-Japanese demonstrations are probably not spontaneous. Chinese have a very good understanding of what brutality the government is capable of if it opposes demonstrations. So, if they are being set up, by who and why? Some faction of the government (there are, I think, many) with the goal of provoking conflict with Japan.
I can't imagine why they would do this. If they were planning a real conflict, they would just do it. Since the consequence of such riots is likely to be the rearmament of Japan, one imagines that someone in China wants Japan to militarize. Why? And whom are they acting on behalf of? Chinese nationalists? Russians? The American government? Or is it just a distraction from the high unemployment and rural misery?
Chinese politics is like 10-dimensional chess, with Bush on the side, playing Go Fish.
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