Trouble on China’s Periphery: The Stability-Instability Paradox

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Sep 05, 2020 | The Diplomat, David Skidmore

In seeking domestic legitimacy, China’s rulers are promoting a top-down and narrow brand of nationalism centered on loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and attachment to the Han culture and identity. David Skidmore argues in this article for The Diplomat that this policy leaves out a large number of China’s people. The CCP has largely abandoned policies toward the periphery - “one country, two systems” in Taiwan and Hong Kong and ethnic-pluralism in Tibet and Xinjiang - that, although imperfect, included flexible and pragmatic elements. It is doubtful that Beijing’s new insistence on assimilation to a singular Chinese identity will bring stability and unity.



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