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Can China’s rise be a peaceful one? Will the country’s new leaders herald a change in its politics? We will be hosting a Hangout on the rise of China with Rob Gifford, The Economist’s China editor tomorrow discussing questions like these with some of our readers. To watch the live video discussion visit our Google+ page: from 10:15am EDT / 3:15pm BST. If you would like to pose your own question to Mr Gifford or have a comment on the topic please post below including #askeconomist in your message.
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peaceful for whom? the workers in african copper mines? no.
Honestly, we all know it won't be. Look at the rift with Japan right now, and that's over islands and pride.
China can rise be a peaceful one in terms of Economic Relations towards other countries, but not in International Politics and other aspect of International Relations.
Irokin Gu
Of course it can be a peaceful rise. everyone should not ever comment on things you dont really know. China is a country believing in peace and trying so hard to make the Asian area peaceful even with the insult from the western and Japan. you should see both sides of a country's policy and try to seek more evidence from different media not just western news but also from Asian media to strength your point, instead just talking like you know it totally, which may lead awful  misunderstanding.
I have two questions:
How will the more vitriolic rhetoric from the two American presidential candidates affect relations between the two countries?
Is there any risk that the row over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands could escalate into anything more serious?
First babies, now subs. What's next?
No way, if China gets the upper hand against Japan then we need to watch out for the next country to be annexed.
The next is brain. Brainwashing!
Hey China! leave your troups in Philippines sea! okey?
Anyone that thinks a strong China is good for the world is kidding themselves.
I thought we were over with this. Man, China can hold a grudge \, or am I getting my history wrong and us and China never had war?  
You know that's not what he said, so stop it!
Tin Van
+Jasmeen Rivera
Strangely enough the US and China fought during the Korean war. Saved North Korea from losing the war.
Oh,thanks.Sorry I couldn't reply sooner. I was on twitter. Hey, now I learned something new. I'll be seeing my Social Studies teacher tomorrow. 
maybe they just want to be our friends. 
Lets see. The past is history. There were hatred, death and so on. But if a country realizes their fault and decided to move on and be better and improve lives of their nation then they should be praise for it. However in China's case, as it grows rapidly, their way of thinking did not change.  Domination and power is always at the top priority. We do not go all out on a protest against them because the truth is the rest of us can't understand their language. Whatever is going in the heads, we do not know. And as China rises further, there is growth and prosperity, good right? But there's a high probability that FREEDOM will be compromise. When will they finally mature as a country? I wonder.
yeah +Joe Munoz  America was the first country to use slavery to build our country.  Anyways, its all just a matter of protecting trade interests.  If it never comes to war, then peace will prevail.  China has built it's entire artificial, state controlled economy around our consumption, so if they would tank if we crashed.  
China could be a problem, but I'm betting that they're another USSR. That they're really just a big house of cards that will collapse rather than explode. Much of their perceived power is artificially inflated. But I think a watchful eye should certainly be kept on the situation and plans worked out in case they decide to get uppity.
Chinese civilization is one of the oldest if not the oldest in the world. In all those times there was never any reported events in which china colonized other countries. They never provoked or get involve in wars of their design.

As a matter of fact China has been meddled with throughout history by foreign powers.  
"there was never any reported events in which china colonized other countries".

Except Tibet.
Yeah. Tibet as well. They are now under Chinese regime. The Dalai Lama was exiled. Tibetans are being bullied. Imprisoned without proper hearing and some of them were tortured as well. And this has been ongoing for a long time. 
+Ross Marks Tibet is complex. At one time Tibet ruled large parts of China. They have long historical ties with China. 

+Marcella Tran Soviet politics. It was a border dispute and china responded because Vietnam invaded Cambodia which is a Chinese ally. It was not to colonize. They in fact went back soon after. 

These events were not clear case of colonization or similar to western powers that have invaded, colonized and plundered other countries for centuries.     
China always appears to be the victim BUT the truth is that they're the biggest threat in Asia. They invaded part of the Spratly Island, slaughtering 70 Vietnamese unarmed navy men. They relentlessly capture neighbours' fishers for ransom despite those men being in their own territory. So who is the invader? Who is the menace? There's ONLY one answer: CHINAZISM
+Nomeneta Saili Please have a look at Vietnam history. China occupied Vietnam for nearly 1000 years, then after Vietnamese finally managed to break free, China tried to destroy Vietnam as a country for more than 1000 years, with dozen of wars. They are now teaching their children that Vietnam is a Chinese wayward province. We are not talking about the 1979 war.
I want China to become powerful (certainty there is a long way to go),peacefully or not. 
+Nomeneta Saili Do you know Vietnam initially prevented the Press from publishing information about Cambodia situation because the Polpot regime was its socialist ally. BUT after Polpot Army had massacred Vietnamese civilians in Kien Giang Province, it had to revenge.
Whether China's rise is peaceful or not doesn't depend only on Chinese authority but also on Chinese citizens. People in a peaceful country never attack Japanese people, never vandalize Japanese factories because they feel anger towards Japan government. Do Japanese Restaurant and Factories invade China? No. They pay Chinese employees, contribute to China's rise. So why attacking them? How silly.
+Tuân Đoàn

Now that is interesting. To be fair there is not much Asian history written. I know a lot of European and Western civilization history which when contrasted against Chinese history does make China look like a saint.

I used Western Civilisation history because its Western countries that are making a big fuss about Chinese rise in power when they themselves have done horrendous things regarding colonization using their power.

It's good if we can get more info on Chinese history both good and bad now that the limelight is on them. 

I do apologize if i sounded insensitive. I am only commenting from what i know and its my opinion.

+Truong Ngo No i didn't know that. Thanks for the info.   
+Truong Ngo Japanese war atrocities. The Chinese seem to still not gotten over them. To make matters worse for them they don't see Japan owning up to them.

Japanese interest is attacked as a way to vent their anger at Japan over these islands. It's no different like in the Middle east with people attacking american interest because of the recent anti-islam film. 
It was only a matter of time : the era the Chineese people lived on a plate of rice has passed. Let's hope it will be to the best of all Humanity...
Today, we Filipinos are being influenced to confront our fears in the face of the surprising Chinese claim and resulting moves to apply that claim. We know we are no match against China's military. But it is extremely galling to be victimized by size and superior force when we simply want to keep what is ours and wish no harm to anyone. The peaceful resolution of an issue is the wish of the Filipino people. China is a superpower with a military might second to none; the Philippines is a country struggling to rise above third world status. Why would we want war? A fear or distaste of violence will not be enough, however, to prevent it if another party decides to bully us. Even a rat, when cornered, will fight back. China's claim over the Scarborough Shoal is ridiculously unfair and is an unmitigated act of bullying by a shark over a sardine. We will not idly stand by if a part of our territory and the value of our sovereignty are being trampled on.

"If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?
And so I ask for solidarity from our people regarding this issue. Let us speak with one voice. Help me relay to the other side the logic of our stand. I do not think it is excessive to ask that our rights be respected, just as we respect their rights as a fellow nation in a world that we share." - President Benigno S. Aquino III, State of the Nation Address, July 23, 2012

"I am a Filipino born of freedom and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance - for myself and my children's children - forever."
"I am sprung from a hardy race - child of many generations removed of ancient Malayan pioneers. Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me: of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their hearts were stout. Over the sea I see them come, borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind, carried upon the mighty swell of hope- hope in the free abundance of new land that was to be their home and their children's forever.

This is the land they sought and found. Every inch of shore that their eyes first set upon, every hill and mountain that beckoned to them with a green and purple invitation, every mile of rolling plain that their view encompassed, every river and lake that promise a plentiful living and the fruitfulness of commerce, is a hollowed spot to me.

By the strength of their hearts and hands, by every right of law, human and divine, this land and all the appurtenances thereof - the black and fertile soil, the seas and lakes and rivers teeming with fish, the forests with their inexhaustible wealth in wild life and timber, the mountains with their bowels swollen with minerals - the whole of this rich and happy land has been, for centuries without number, the land of my fathers. This land I received in trust from them and in trust will pass it to my children, and so on until the world no more." (Taken from I am a Filipino by General Carlos Peña Romulo
Wu Lee
+John Whitford  maybe after political change, China can finally strong  and can contribute its strength to the peace of the world. #askeconomist
China is currently asserting its weight in the region and without checks and balance, could very well be the new bully in the playground, be it using a show of its ever-growing military but also using economic blackmail, such is the tool of a strong nation's foreign policy
China is great. World order was greatly disturbed with Russia fall,  One bully i.e. US was ruling the world without any opposition. The China military might can put the balancing act and make the world more stable. 
China never and ever invade a country before. That's it!
if you are interested about what a real China is,i can tell you
Wu Lee
But the CCP government  really good at killing its own people 
It is most unfortunate that we receive from China a contrast or contradictory set of attitudes and actions. Coercing and intimidating  smaller  countries with  “might is right” arguments is the apparent course of action China has taken which can be its undoing in the long run . If China is to gain the respect of the world, the Chinese government must act like a civilized nation and not like a brute whose main argument is the use of force.  Perhaps China’s officials should reflect more on  the teachings of its great humanist philosophers like Lao Tzu and Confucius who valued human rights and good relations with neighbors.

At a time when there are those who may be tempted to challenge our country’s sovereignty, let the courage and heroism of Datu Lapu-Lapu remind one and all that we Filipinos are brave and noble people who will never allow invaders to trample our sacred shores.

I am a Filipino. In my blood runs the immortal seed of heroes - seed that flowered down the centuries in deeds of courage and defiance. In my veins yet pulses the same hot blood that sent Lapulapu to battle against the alien foe that drove Diego Silang and Dagohoy into rebellion against the foreign oppressor.

That seed is immortal. It is the self-same seed that flowered in the heart of Jose Rizal that morning in Bagumbayan when a volley of shots put an end to all that was mortal of him and made his spirit deathless forever; the same that flowered in the hearts of Bonifacio in Balintawak, of Gergorio del Pilar at Tirad Pass, of Antonio Luna at Calumpit; that bloomed in flowers of frustration in the sad heart of Emilio Aguinaldo at Palanan, and yet burst fourth royally again in the proud heart of Manuel L. Quezon when he stood at last on the threshold of ancient Malacañang Palace, in the symbolic act of possession and racial vindication.

The seed I bear within me is an immortal seed. It is the mark of my manhood, the symbol of dignity as a human being. Like the seeds that were once buried in the tomb of Tutankhamen many thousand years ago, it shall grow and flower and bear fruit again. It is the insigne of my race, and my generation is but a stage in the unending search of my people for freedom and happiness.

At the vanguard of progress in this part of the world I stand - a forlorn figure in the eyes of some, but not one defeated and lost. For through the thick, interlacing branches of habit and custom above me I have seen the light of the sun, and I know that it is good. I have seen the light of justice and equality and freedom and my heart has been lifted by the vision of democracy, and I shall not rest until my land and my people shall have been blessed by these, beyond the power of any man or nation to subvert or destroy.
Wu Lee
+Allan S  I know these people are suffering from CCP,but  TIBET is not a country.
+Joe Munoz The west has probably made every bad mistake imaginable while it was developing. It would however be a crying shame if developing countries could/would not learn from our mistakes. #askeconomist
Wu Lee
+Allan S  Respectfully disagree, before 1951,Tibet is a part of Republic of China.
Tibet is not a part of china
although i hate CCP government ,but i just wonder why Tibet dont belong to China after 1951?just because the Tibetan dont want to be ?or other countries dont want it to be part of China?And the CCP government just let it go?
Wu Lee
+Fox Arthur  Please try not to say in history, the history is very long, who told you Tibet was is will always a part of china's territory?
A whole collection of people not wanting to be part of another country, is a perfectly reasonable basis for having a separate country, Sudan... Kosovo...Taiwan
+Fox Arthur You said: "China never and ever invade a country before. That's it!"
What's about Paracel Islands (1974),Johnson South Reef (1988), Mischief Reef (1994).
Cant see China EVER forgiving Japan which Japan must no about and surely have contingency plans for.
won't be a war between China and Japan.
Reason: economic exchanges is so deep between the two countries.
but maybe China's internal will be.
Reason: no normalization of the political system.
 cant believe this is still going. Man China can hold a grudge.
i can understand ur view, but it is not correct.
ordinary Chinese people can not get the really information in China. because they received the wrong information,cause the hatred was excited . for most Chinese people, the stable life is more important  than the hatred,even anything.
Dr. Chris Ging, a lifelong and very dear friend of mine and I have discussed these issues for decades.  Perhaps, at some time in the future, a good reason to de-stabilize this relationship between China and the United States would arise, but I see that as highly unlikely.  I believe Dr. Ging would agree, knowing how trusted a friendship this is.
compared with China, US have had the highest defense budget for more than 50 years now. and they are now shy of using them. this is just a media hype to keep the US in power for next 50-100 years...
China is becoming more greedy now bcoz they thinked that they more powerful communist community now!.
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