Cheery authoritarianism

Geremie Barmé has published an article called on called "Mirrors of History, On a Sino-Japanese Moment and Some Antecedents" that looks at "the fascinating yet unsettling face of China’s contemporary cheery authoritarianism".

Barmé analyses the recent anti-Japanese demonstrations in a historical context, presenting a more sophisticated (dare I say nuanced) view of recent events than the bog-standard "the people are rioting and now the Commies are scared that they have let the genie out of the bottle" approach taken by commentators in most Western media.

Japan Today: 'Mirrors of History', by Geremie Barmé

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