China as an island

June 22, 2008 at 5:05 am Leave a comment


China as an island

Originally uploaded by tintin5021

A look at China
Its size and its penchant for (self sufficiency) dictate China’s three main geopolitical objectives:

* maintain unity of the Han heartland;
* maintain control over the non-Han buffer zone;
* deflect foreign encroachment on the Chinese coast
Clearly isolationist, these objectives also condemn China to poverty: as a densely populated country with limited arable land, China needs internatioal trade to prosper. The paradox is that prosperity will lead to instability. Prosperity will tend to be concentrated in the areas trading with the outside world (i.e. the coastal regions), creating economic tensions with the poorer interior. This might destabilise the Han heartland.

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