The Chinese Dream Has Awakened to a Global Nightmare: A Case for US-China Cooperative Security to Regain Stability in the Wake of Coronavirus
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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Domestic reality in China during the reign of Xi Jinping has always been dichotomous. On one hand, most contemporary Chinese believe their lives have rapidly improved and will continue to do so. On the other hand, citizens suspect improvement comes at the cost of corruption by the insidiously repressive tiers of the Chinese Communist Party CCP--or cadre management system--and express discontent regarding asymmetries and inequities observed in development among different segments of society. The CCP is keenly aware of this tension and insecure that collective improvement--equitable or otherwise--will raise popular expectations for continued growth and development to levels difficult to sustain.