The system's obsession with controlling information means it isn't flexible enough to prevent a crisis from developing.
Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer who has covered developments in China for several decades. He opened The Wall Street Journal’s Bureau in Beijing after the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations in 1979, becoming one of the first American reporters to be based in China since 1949.
For Frank Ching's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Despite a mutual desire for improved relations, problems keep popping up, underlining deep-seated differences.
The impact of Chinese tourists is more than economic; the visitors to Japan are having a diplomatic impact as well.
Japan can't ignore the reality of rising China, but it will also need to keep its neighbor in check.
Clearly, the "Belt and Road" initiative has run into serious problems. Some countries are finding the burden of debt financing too arduous.
The fear of marginalization in Beijing is palpable.
While both Japan and China want an improved relationship, they will be walking into it with their eyes wide open.
The Trump-Kim exchanges have added a new dimension to the Korean nuclear crisis.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi learned an important lesson in Manila earlier this month: He can't pressure Foreign Minister Taro Kono by invoking his father's name.
From Beijing's perspective, things went very well in Mar-a-Lago, with China taking the initiative and the Americans going along.