How China Resembles Pre-World War I Germany
Sept. 20, 2012
In China, the upcoming leadership transition and an apparently growing trend for violent, populist nationalism has many wondering what the future of the country will look like.
These worries are not lost on Chinese Weibo users. According to the Ministry of Tofu, after the weekend’s anti-Japanese violence number of micro-bloggers compared the growing nationalism in China with the violence of the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century, and even the rise of persecution of the Jewish in Nazi Germany.
While, thankfully, the comparison to the Nazi-era may be hyperbolic, a different comparison between China and Germany has been wheeled out several times in the last few years, although it goes a little further back.
Does 21st century China resemble the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II?