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'Unhappy China' bestseller claims Beijing should 'lead the world'

April 2, 2009

A new book claiming that China is a victim of
Western bullying and "should rise up and lead the
world" has soared to the top of the country's bestseller list.
By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
The Telegraph (UK)
March 29, 2009

On the eve of the G20 summit in London, "Unhappy
China" has stirred debate about whether China
should have a greater role on the world stage.
Although the country will soon overtake Japan as
the world's second-largest economy, China is not
included in the G8 and is a second tier member of
the G20. Beijing has little influence in the
World Bank or the International Monetary Fund and
is highly vulnerable to changes in the value of the dollar.

"We still feel suppressed because we are
sometimes condemned or criticised by the western
world," said Zhang Xiaobo, the book's publisher.

The five authors of the book advocate a tougher
line against China's enemies, including
punishment for President Nicholas Sarkozy of
France, who met the Dalai Lama last year. The
book takes a robust view of Western criticism of
China's behaviour in Tibet. "You can start a war
if you have the guts, otherwise shut up!" it says.

Another passage reads: "If China stood as the
world's top country, it would not act like the
United States, which has been irresponsible, lazy
and greedy and engaged in robbery and cheating.
They have brought economic recession to the whole world."

The book is the latest sign of growing Chinese
nationalism, a trend that became highly visible
during the riots in Tibet last March.

Spurred on by the government, Chinese
nationalists vented their anger at the depiction
of Tibet in the West and at the protests over the
Olympic torch passing through Paris and London.

Meanwhile, the recent confrontation between
America and China over the harassment of a US
surveillance ship in the South China sea and
Beijing's proposal that the dollar should be
replaced as the global reserve currency, have
shown China's potential for greater military and economic power.

"Unhappy China" is already into its second print
run, while China's major web portals and social
networking sites have their own "Unhappy China" forums.

The Chinese economy has weakened since last year,
with exports dropping by more than a quarter in
February. Nevertheless, its leaders and
intellectuals believe the financial crisis
presents an opportunity for Beijing to extend its
power. Jing Ulrich, a managing director at JP
Morgan, said there is a feeling of economic
optimism in China "that you do not find anywhere else at the moment".
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