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How The Arab Spring Fuelled China's Maoist Revival

In October 2011 China's state-run newspaper China Daily published an op-ed by former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema about the Arab Spring, a series of anti-government protests which erupted in 2010 across the Muslim world. D'Alema wrote:
"The Arab upheavals are a by-product of the inexorable process of globalization in the twenty-first century ... Only by fully understanding the demands and grievances of these Arab revolutionaries will the West be able to give the region appropriate support – and this support is critical. The Arab revolts have not been directed against the West – on the contrary, they have been fed by Western democratic principles and values – but they could yet produce a reactionary backlash.
"Western countries' support must be unambiguous. The Arab peoples must see clearly that the EU and the US genuinely intend to sustain Arabs' demands for democracy, freedom of speech, and economic opportunity. In short, the region's people …