- Jan 2011
The PRC might have been around for only 70 years, but China as an entity (whether you want to call it a nation, a civilization, a state or whatever) has been around for millenia....USA has been around for some 270 years, the PRC only 70. To rigidly compare them both on in their interactions with other nations is misleading. We don't know what China is like on the world stage. In their domestic sphere, all news is so tightly controlled, alongside all other aspects of their society, it's hard to tell (even if you're Chinese and living in China) what their government actually believe is the correct way to govern.
Of those 70 years, China has only been active on the world stage for about 20. Even within those 20, China is still restricted by numerous factors for projecting world power.
Let's wait and see how China reacts during this coming century; let's wait and see how Chinese people themselves act towards other nations.