‘China’s ‘Biggest Problem’ Is Its Own People’
China has the world’s most populous country and has long relied on its economic and political might to dominate its neighbors, but the country’s leadership is struggling to maintain its global leadership, a new U.N. report says.
The report, released Thursday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, says China’s leadership has become increasingly dependent on its own people, often by suppressing social movements or suppressing political dissent.
It cites a number of examples of this, including China’s crackdown on protests in Tibet, a popular destination for international tourists and migrant workers.
More than 200 people were arrested in Tibetan exile last month, the report said, and another 15 were arrested for organizing protests.
Chinese authorities also shut down a popular website and a Facebook page in 2013, it said.
The U.n. report, titled China’s “Biggest Problems,” notes that China has long been a world leader in suppressing social and political expression.
It says that despite having the world, China is “one of the most authoritarian and authoritarian countries in the world.”
China has long used its economic muscle and political clout to exert its influence over neighboring countries, including South Korea, the U, and the U., the report says, citing reports by a Chinese think tank.
The Chinese government also has been the largest source of humanitarian assistance to the poorest people in the Asia-Pacific region, it says.
China’s “biggest problem” is its own population, it states.
In its report, the Commission said the world needs to work with China to address the countrys “big problem.”