China needs to export ‘public goods’: expert

FewsmithChina Daily
Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

Fundamental conflicts in the way China perceives the function of leadership and its own readiness for the international stage pose potential problems in the country’s “peaceful rise”, experts said at a panel discussion on international relations at Columbia University Sunday…

Expert quote:

“Netizens do not necessarily drive the government, but is more and more difficult for the government to make compromises because any perceived weakness will be magnified by social media. It’s difficult to shelve issues without facing a backlash from the public, particularly in an atmosphere in which populist nationalism has grown.”

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