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August 1, 2011

Violence in Xinjiang

Filed under: China,International,Pakistan — Razib Khan @ 9:28 am

China Blames Foreign-Trained Separatists for Attacks in Xinjiang:

While the Chinese routinely blame foreign meddlers for Xinjiang’s troubles, however, Monday’s statement was unusual in that it singled out Pakistan as the location of support for the assailants. China has a close military and economic relationship with Pakistan and has refrained from publicly criticizing the Islamabad government’s failure to control terrorist groups within its borders.

While Xinjiang as a whole is ~60% Han, Kashgar was until recently an overwhelmingly Uyghur city. The integration of the Chinese transportation network though is changing that.

May 7, 2011

The End of Trust: Hawk & Dove

Filed under: International,International Affairs — Razib Khan @ 1:26 am

In the mid-90s in the wake of The End of History and the Last Man Francis Fukuyama wrote Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity. Trust to some extent has a chicken & egg problem. High trust societies can overcome coordination problems which block social and economic development. A high level of social trust often results in positive spillover effects, which generate economic growth and broad based prosperity, which then boosts the levels of trust even further. In 2008-2009 I suggested that the biggest long term impact of the late great “financial crisis” is that many Americans no longer believe that doing well is an outcome of doing good. More accurately perhaps in many corrupt societies the presumption is that the path to wealth is itself a venal journey where all moral principles must be devoured by the will to power.


As a practical matter I understand and accepted the need to dampen the shocks of the impending financial doom in the wake of the 2008 crisis. But my attitude toward American capital has changed irrevocably. I know others who have experienced the same emotional flip. ...

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