The Continuing Struggle: Communist China and the Free World

The Continuing Struggle: Communist China and the Free World

The Continuing Struggle: Communist China and the Free World

The Continuing Struggle: Communist China and the Free World

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In many respects we have not passed beyond the cliché stage in facing up to the great changes which are crowding upon each other in Asia and transforming its relations with the rest of the world. While many observers, including scholars, repeat pat phrases such as "colonialism is dead," "the Asian revolution," "Asia is on the move," "the center of gravity in world history has shifted back to Asia," very few have progressed much farther. Surprisingly little toughminded analytical effort has been expended in the attempt to bring the acknowledged great changes into perspective or to project their meaning into the future. For intellectual leaders in the many areas of Asia as well as in Europe and America there seems a distinct preference for the misty nice-sounding generalizations whether based on reality or not.

As regards Asia, such generalizations usually ignore one fact of special prominence. The cultures and institutions there are so disparate and the problems of each country so different that generalizations dealing with the continent are frequently of greater disservice than help in providing understanding of the changes occurring there. For example, there has been frequent neat presentation of a contest between China and India for development as determining the path to be selected by Asia. Such an approach underplays the vast differences between these two countries and their problems, overlooks the degree to which their experiences are really meaningless for other smaller countries, and presumes that . . .

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