One of the most under covered stories today is what is going on in China, a land where great change is afoot including the rapid growth of Christianity. China has entered a period of internal political instability and external bellicosity, apparently trying to pick a fight with Japan and the US in the Pacific. Gordon Chang at The National Interest has a look at the internal strife beginning to rock China.
China may be the fastest changing place anywhere, with a people sophisticated, confident, energized and ambitious. When the one-party state stands between them and their aspirations, which is often, they usually find a way to work around obstacles, but sometimes this rambunctious people will leave the safety of homes and confront officials, even in this day of the police state.
Because of the closing of factories, the poor have started a wave of labor protests. Yet the rich also air grievances at a time of heightened sensitivity. These days, almost no complaint is too small to attract a crowd—or spread from province to province. In the middle of this month, in Nanjing and at least five other cities in Jiangsu province and in Wuhan in Hubei, parents defied riot police and took to the streets to protest the reduction in number of spots for local students in universities.
Fifty years ago, the Chinese people followed Mao onto the streets, to “learn revolution by making revolution” as he exhorted them to do. Today, Xi Jinping glorifies the Great Helmsman and demands “ideological purification,” but few are prepared to follow him into a future that looks like the past and is therefore not relevant or attractive to them. The Chinese people are not yet fearless—that could come soon—but they now think and act for themselves, often moving in directions without permission from the Communist Party.
Today, if there is any revolution in China, it is not one promoted by the new Mao, Xi Jinping. It is the one started by the Chinese people, who on their own are remaking society, outside the realm of the orthodoxy of the Communist Party and its feuding leaders.
Go here to read the rest. Chinese history has followed a well established pattern over the last 2000 plus years. A period of anarchy followed by a ruling dynasty. The dynasty rules until foreign defeat or internal rebellion, or a combination of both, tears it apart. Then the pattern begins anew. The Communist dynasty has been in control now for 67 years. It may be entering a death spiral. When it does, war in China and abroad will probably be the order of the day. No Chinese dynasty under siege has ever possessed nuclear weapons before. Something to keep in mind in your prayer intentions: Peace, Freedom and Conversion in China.