China's Responses to the Arab Uprisings
in Amin Saikal & Amitav Acharya,edited " Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule after the Arab Spring", pp.161-185. 2014
26 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 3, 2014
The Chinese government has been under increasing pressure from three distinct waves of democratization (not to be confused with Samuel Huntington’s three waves). The first wave of democratization was in Eastern Europe in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The second consisted of the ‘colour revolutions’ in the former Soviet Republics in 2004–5. The most recent wave is the ongoing ‘Arab uprisings’. This Chapter examines Chinese responses to the Arab uprisings, both by the government and by Chinese citizens. It particularly highlights both the interplay between these various responses as well as the paradoxes that have emerged from the government’s crackdown. In order to examine the Chinese response to the Arab uprisings, it is necessary to take into account the three democratic waves together, rather than simply examining the response to the Arab uprisings in isolation.
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