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Is China’s fall inevitable?
Lim Teck Ghee | 06 Oct 2017 00:30

One of the most debated issues among China watchers is whether the country’s rise can continue or whether its economic and political system will fall back – if not self-destruct – from internal contradictions and external challenges. 

This question has been posed for the last 30 years. However, the evidence from examination of the past record is that China’s primarily economic-driven global juggernaut is certainly not running out of steam. Also forecasts that the country’s social cohesion may be breaking down as a result of the breakneck speed of change and modernisation or that the country’s government could go the way of the Soviet Union by fragmenting into rival cliques with disastrous consequences for the unitary state have been shown to be premature.