China First Hand




Ancient civilisation to emerging superpower –

a unique comeback story is progressing now



China holds near a quarter of the world population. Does it seem this significant? There are so many things us Westerners do not see. Perhaps our ignorance is due to the insular ruling of China? But if politics prevents us seeing them, then the reverse is certainly true. The Communist government carefully controls the people in China – information is not free, and mass-manipulation occurs constantly.

In many ways the West represents China’s polar opposite with democracy and freedom of speech contrasting the values currently dominant in the Middle Kingdom. However, since China opened her borders the Western influence is rapidly and increasingly visible. What will this lead to? Will the Chinese leaders sustain their power and succeed in becoming the most powerful people in the world? The future of the country – and the global impact this will have – depends on the changes happening now, in China.


Another world hides beneath the tourist mask worn by China. This blog presents my attempts to avoid these cliches of travel. I want to see things before they are groomed; hear them before they are edited. Through direct observation I discover the realities of life in China. The Watchtower on the top of every page (my own photo) symbolises my carefully watchful approach. Welcome to China – first-hand…

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    Comment by Max Hammond — 19 August 2006 @ 9:11 am | Reply

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    Comment by Maximus — 20 December 2007 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  5. @Max Hammond.

    Have you ever listened to one of Jehovah’s Witnesses? I would almost be willing to bet that they have never knocked on your door to ask you if you believe in God.

    Comment by Nathan Cain — 22 February 2010 @ 2:16 am | Reply

  6. 當我們看中國的外交,卻發現她很多時會在違背自身價值觀和利益的情況下,向各國妥協。可見中國外交的失敗。








    Comment by vokoyo — 27 October 2011 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

    • See below the google translation for the comment above:

      When we look at China’s diplomacy, but found that she often would go against their own values ​​and interests in the case of the national compromise. Shows the failure of Chinese diplomacy.

      Good-neighborly policy practiced by the Chinese Communists can be said is a complete failure. Deng Xiaoping, Communist China’s leaders to pursue the set of so-called “low profile” policy. But in fact, it is only a challenge to avoid ostrich. China today faces the harsh international environment, the decision of this ostrich policy is bound to fail.

      In this ostrich policy under the guidance of China’s diplomacy not only timid, more ambition, neither the system of diplomatic strategy, and no long-term foreign policy objectives. This stop-gap type of foreign policy, a direct result of China’s diplomacy in the face of provocation helpless, weak and full of attitude, the face of great opportunities, but also because there is no strategy to prepare and do nothing.

      North Korea to India to Japan and even Vietnam and China are timid, reimbursing concessions, the implementation of keeping a low profile. Originally, Deng Xiaoping’s keeping a low profile, is usually a reserve force, the key moment of decisive shot, is an aggressive diplomatic thinking. But now, it has become a ostrich, frustrating.

      In fact, according to China’s current strength, there is no such concessions, the Chinese Communists on the Southeast Asian countries, Japan, Korea and even Vietnam are let too much. Show less than full power style, over-cautious foreign policy, will only make the Chinese people shame!

      As for India, and Vietnam’s diplomatic approach, Chinese people feel shame really. Situation is similar when the Qing government to win the French, but French is still the same compensation. It think it is great shame.

      China’s and Japan, Vietnam, Russia, India and other surrounding political and economic power exchanges, there is no accounting for much cheaper, not to give up these powers, the rise of China bias and hostility, self-interest continue to be occupied, can not say that the Chinese very flawed foreign policy, which is China’s national distribution plan and the best expression of foreign policy fiasco.

      China often want to be the number one power, but his diplomacy was reluctant to put the cowardly way of trouble, it can not give any power style.

      Comment by china1sthand — 30 October 2011 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

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