Today the world is beginning to wake up to the sheer brutality, inhumanity and mendacity of the Chinese regime as we see the incarceration of more than a million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps, the way the regime’s repression of truth led to a global pandemic, and the direct threat it now poses to Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms. And there are growing fears that we are closer to a Tiananmen 2.0 than at any point in the past three decades.
How have we got here? Broadly, there are three factors: failures of foreign policy on the part of many countries towards China, the arrival of Xi Jinping and the rise of Chinese nationalism and expansionism. And all three are interconnected.