Here are BRF links to China threads:
ramana wrote:Am collecting links to all the China threads in BRF.
I) News and Discussion of People's Republic of China
II) Understanding the ChineseLets Understand the Chinese
III)China Military watch China Militry Watch
IV) China Economy WatchPRC Economy Watch
V) Understanding the UighersUnderstanding the Uighers
VI) US and PRC relationship and India US PRC relationship and India
VII) US and China in Pakistan US and China in Pakistan
VIII) China Watch Thread-1 China Watch Thread-1
In this thread I also want to collect Indian opinion/assessment of China from all web based publications.
A short history is in order.
China is unique in that only small number of dynasties ruled over four thousand years.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynasties ... se_history
The two thousand years were relatively benign. However internal fissures and external pressures ruled over next two thousand years: Three Kingdoms, Mongol Invasions, Western colonial drugs exploitation.
All this dynastic rule ended with the 1948 Communist rise to power in China.
Even here China feared external enemies; USA, Soviet Union, and USA again.
Internal fissures: Gang of Four, Cultural Revolution, Great Leap forward, Tian Mein Square, Falun Gong, Uighers
So the constant is external pressures and internal fissures dominate Chinese history.
Yet in this chaos there is a Chinese global strategy emerging.
China grew economically in the post Cold War and became the factory of the world.
This built enormous financial muscle.
We see China is slowly venturing out from its Forbidden Kingdom mode and setting up outposts in far away Africa and South America.
It is using its financial clout to setup financial(AIIB) and political institutions(SCO etc.)
So the big question is there a Chinese global strategy and if so what is it?
Paul Kennedy in "Rise and Fall of Great Powers" writes that there is no one document that will outline a country's grand strategy but by looking at what a country does one can deduce it