“The more wildly the West gesticulate, the narrower the latitude for the reformers”

For the record, I’d like to point to this very thoughtful and interesting interview (english translation at ESWN) with former Wirtschaftswoche China correspondent Frank Sieren, which goes far beyond an evaluation of the immediate Tibet issue and media scare, and addresses questions like why the Germans respond to the Chinese challenge with either enthusiasm or panic, but so little in between.