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[...] the global financial crisis has become far worse since then, and in return for a good deal, where China, and other developing countries, are given better representation among these organisations, it is willing to use some of its vast reserves of capital. With spiralling military expenditure, and greater and more visible regional and global reach, it faces a major task in communicating what it calls its benign objectives and intentions to the rest of the world, not helped by the powerful images of twenty years ago that continue to dog it.
THEWORLDTODAY.ORG JUNE 2009 PAGE 21 CHINA Kerry Brown SENIOR FELLOW, ASIA PROGRAMME, CHATHAM HOUSE Rising Again What image would China like the world to remember as it takes a more prominent place? Would it be Beijing’s smiling leaders at the G20 summit, last year’s Olympic Games, investment in Africa, its navy back on the high seas, or trouble in t WENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, tanks from two crack divisions of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) rolled into the eastern side of Tiananmen Square. They had been ordered there by China’s then paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, after a heated debate at the highest levels of the leadership about how to deal with the student and workers demonstrations which had started that April, and Tibet? And what of those disturbing simply failed to die down. No definitive figures for how many died that moments when tanks faced pro- night have even been released, and the incident democracy protesters? How does China remains taboo in China. But the reaction from the rest of the world combined shock and revulsion. see its rise in international inﬂuence? The United States and the European Union A P P H OTO/ M AT T D U N H A M THEWORLDTODAY.ORG JUNE 2009 PAGE 22 condemned what had happened. Many companies that had set up there withdrew for a time. China, temporarily, became a pariah. P EAC E F U L R I S E Fifteen years later, Chinese commentators, evidently with the support of politicians, began speaking of ‘the peaceful rise of China’. They were partly aware of the negative memories left by what had happened in 1989, and wished to reassure the rest of the world that China had continued to
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