A friend writes about my recent post concerning anti-Japanese demonstrations in China:
But, now, it looks like the Chinese government might have allowed this Pandora's Box to open up a few unexpected surprises for them. Now the demonstrations seem to be evolving into protests against inflation and local government corruption. This, as my friend writes, is the true crux of the problem in China.
This is not a "strange twist" that these protesters would vent their frustrations with the problems that actually do affect their personal lives... I wouldn't doubt for a moment that the Chinese government does the same thing the US government (or most governments do, for that matter) and use agent provocateurs to drive these protests into the directions that benefit the government in the media and public eye.
The Chinese government certainly does not want these demonstrations to deal with China's real problems.
But, in China, as in France, many of the people who aren't asleep do recognize what the real problems are that they are facing in their daily lives... Could it be that the Bread and Circuses routine is coming to an end in China too?