LONDON, Jun 23, 2011 (IPS) – The Chinese Communist Party likes claiming credit for the success of the country’s model of steady rule and economic prosperity. But as it prepares to celebrate its 90th birthday on Jul. 1, the party has seen the attractive China brand lose appeal with once enthusiastic followers abroad and being outright rejected by violent protests at home… as recent riots have shown, people’s happiness is not always measured by the accumulation of material gains alone… protests by ethnic minorities have flared again on and off, invalidating Chinese presumption that economic growth is more important than ethnic diversity and local identity.
Antoaneta Becker has more than 10 years of field reporting in China, writing for Inter Press Service, USA Today, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Outlook Magazine and others. Fluent in Mandarin, Antoaneta has travelled extensively in greater China.