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Pankaj Mishra

China Needs to Be More Chinese

The country has stood up, but on Western terms rather than those its greatest leaders and thinkers once envisioned.

China deserves more than a parade. 

China deserves more than a parade. 

Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The Communist Party of China celebrates the 70th anniversary of its rule today. The pomp and pageantry include a parade past Beijing’s Tiananmen Square that will involve 15,000 soldiers and sailors, 160 planes, 580 tanks and other weaponry.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping obviously hopes to project national power and confidence on a grand scale. For the great Chinese quest for national wealth and power that began during its long “century of humiliation” by Western powers has been substantially fulfilled.