Managed Chaos reads into the resounding events of Chinese politics and economy, ending the schizophrenia that the readers have lived with. It delves deep into both elements: the economic narrative that China has sustained a near 10 percent growth rate for 30 years and the political narrative that China is an increasingly fragile state, trapped in an incomplete transition from a totalitarian to a democratic market economy. For the first time, in his reading of China, the author consolidates this paradox by inferring that the cause behind both the growth and the political discontent is the politics of China.
Chapter 1: Mixed Feelings
Ever since India became independent, Indians have regarded China with a mixture of admiration, envy and apprehension. In the early years, admiration had predominated, albeit tinged with apprehension. Within days of the founding of the Peoples' Republic on 1 October 1949, Beijing Radio had begun to broadcast the government's intention to ‘liberate all Chinese territories, including Xinjiang and Tibet. On 7 October 1950, 40,000 Chinese troops invaded Tibet and claimed that it had liberated it from foreign dominion. Just 12 days later, it sent 30 divisions, more than 300,000 soldiers into North Korea to help the Peoples’ Republic repel what it considered to be a UN-backed American invasion of North Korea and avert a possible threat to China. Over the next 3 ...