April 25, 2004

Power Play?

China has come out against Sharon's new position on Arafat. It'll be interesting to see if they follow up their statement with any action.

It might be some years yet before aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to study Mandarin, but probably not that long. The important thing is how long from now China thinks that day will be.

Posted by natasha at April 25, 2004 12:03 PM | International | Technorati links |

I think China thinks it is coming soon(maybe in the next 15 year or so?). The days of "The United States, the sole remaining Super Power," are not many in number, if you ask me. Let's just hope things don't explode over Taiwan.

Posted by: Scott at April 25, 2004 09:33 PM

It IS coming, at least that's what their teaching us over here in business school.

Posted by: The Taipei Kid at April 26, 2004 02:37 AM

China seems to be taking a more assertive stance on many issues of international import. Spelling out its position as a strong regional player is important in this sense, but I find the mention of support for an elected leader a bit ironic:

'...Kong said President Arafat is the legitimate Palestinian leader elected by the Palestinian people.

A bit tangential, but one could make an ill-fitting analogy between the denial of statehood to Palestinians and the continued 'One China' Taiwan policy. I'm not gonna try to make it fit.

Posted by: forgetting at April 26, 2004 01:24 PM

Irony tends to be lost on governments.

Posted by: natasha at April 26, 2004 04:42 PM