On Tuesday, just days before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in
“Clowns”? Why would Chinese diplomats, once praised for deftness and charm, revert to the language of the Cultural Revolution?
In recent days, various high-profile Chinese citizens, such as artist Ai Weiwei and the economist Mao Yushi, have found themselves barred from leaving the country, presumably to keep them well away from Friday’s ceremony in
Chinese society is, in fact, extraordinarily volatile. As the Chinese people surge forward, their government moves in the opposite direction. The result has been growing social unrest. There may have been as many as 230,000 protests last year in
Maybe that’s why
Gordon G. Chang is a Forbes.com columnist and the author of The Coming Collapse of China. Follow him on Twitter @GordonGChang (http://twitter.com/GordonGChang)