Any idea about inheriting any imperial mantle is now absurd. Irrelevant ideas of defeated Donald Trump were much more refined with reality than those championed by still reigning Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Xi Jinping. Undoing stabilizing legacies of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Deng Xiaoping respectively; their geo-political claims make the most lethal material for planet Earth.
The idea of resurrecting the Ottoman glory is as absurd as reinventing the Soviet empire is absurd. Since the world has already crossed over into the threshold of the internet age. Only Stalin’s Soviet Union was truly the last empire of the outgoing industrial age. Only the British empire actually preceded that within that very age. The Ottoman already crumbled through the victory of that already passed over age where China has been the last latecomer. Any prospect of inheriting Stalin’s position got buried with hurried burial of his embalmed body on the night of 31st October in 1961. Only a cold war persisted beyond that till the invention of the internet.
Internet, followed by the free software movement, has finally freed humankind forever. With the proclamation of the Bitcoin theory on 31st October in 2008, independent human cooperation got a peer-to-peer prospect of restructuring the internet as the ultimate humane empire in itself. Coronavirus pandemic seems to have become a final blow on the old world order.
Let it go for better since the first and the final imperial design of a new age is already getting universally implemented as Internet connecting peoples of planet Earth altogether.
Any system collapses because of its internal inconsistencies rather than any outside conflicts.
The Soviet Union collapsed by unnecessarily exerting itself everywhere in its super power syndrome instead of pursuing the welfare of its own people within the homeland. Contrarily China has become cash-rich by following that wisdom of consecutive leaderships but now its government has also proceeded on that hegemonial path where the Communist Party of China might itself cause its collapse without anything foreign involved.
What threatens CPC more, democracies in the West and in nearby India, or its own proclaimed adherence to Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought?
Exceeding the Deng restrainment, now cash-rich CPC has started economically exerting itself beyond the borders of the People’s Republic of China almost everywhere at the expense of the Chinese workers. Workers in China are exploited utmost. It is up to the extent that for decades every other capitalistic corporation used to establish its production lines in China.
This is making Chinese students from the working class background increasingly find solace in the writings of Marx and Mao. Reading radical classics thoroughly exposes the sham of Communist system to them. Gradually public experience configures their own consistency sparking independent imaginations among most of them. This makes the system seem increasingly more inconsistent with the vows of its own adherance.
Half a century back CPC pumped Maoism into India that is yet bleeding because of this. Although India reasonably refrained from retaliating by pumping in anything from Dalai Lama to democracy in return. Nor India embraced Taiwan as tit for tat to cope with China encouraging Pakistan. Whereas China brought in Russia also into this. Still not exerting unnecessarily is going to become India’s clear advantage in the future. Encouraging Pakistan has made what of the United States of America is evident in itself.
Inconsistencies within the People’s Republic of China are increasingly evident everywhere from Xinjiang and Tibet upto Hong Kong in contradiction to the Republic of China at Taiwan. Any system collapses because of its internal inconsistencies rather than any outside conflicts. This was proved true through the collapse of the Soviet system and this is going to be true with the Chinese characteristics as well.