The China Syndrome?


  • Peadar O’Grady


The recent history of the People’s Republic of China has inspired a combination of awe and fear at the meteoric rise of its economic and political power, especially in the last forty years. China has had its share of past cultural success from the invention of gunpowder, moveable print and the compass to modern high-speed rail networks and cities, motorways and bridges built at a speed and efficiency that has impressed and even shocked the rest of the world. China has had its share of hard times too, from the colonial oppression and famines in the nineteenth century under US and European domination to repeated Japanese invasions and massacres in the twentieth century before national liberation in 1949.