May 12, 2006
China Past, Present & Future
Over the last 100 – 150 years, China has coped
with two major traditions (though some argue the existence of a
third tradition) or multiple, competing cultures. The conflicts
between these traditions heavily influenced China’s past.
Policymakers must wrestle with the question: what events work to
tip China towards one tradition or another?
Professor Johnson defined the two major traditions
to be 1) State Nationalism and 2) Liberal Nationalism. An important
factor, which tips China towards one tradition over the other, is
the external or international environment. The choices made in the
United States have considerable influence on China’s domestic