Wow. I'm dazzled. Christopher Gill, eh? Well, well.Hereward said:It stretches credulity to its absolute bounds to think that suddenly, overnight, all those who were Communists will suddenly adopt a new philosophy and belief, with the result that everything will be different.
Christopher Gill MP, House of Commons, 8 June 1995
From the same man, his proudest achievement in parliament since 1997: "My battle for the retention of smaller abattoirs." Hardly a maestro of international politics.
The evidence from the Former Warsaw Pact is that former Communists quite happily embrace new philosophies and beliefs if it'll keep them in power. Since you quote Franjo Tudjman in your signature, you might like to ponder his conversion from Titoist JNA General, steeped in Brotherhood & Unity, to rabid Croat Nationalist dedicated to the wholesale destruction of all non-Croat populations within generously re-defined Croatian borders.
The 'Communists' running China are plutocrats pure and simple. This is not just my opinion but that of many (most?) of the Chinese people I meet. How else do you explain their embracing of a market base to their economy? They are not particularly dedicated to the spread of Communism, but only in maintaining their position of power in China. Geo-political maneouvrings are a means to this end and nothing else - give John Zhongguo a better standard of living and he won't try to reenact 1989 with added lessons learned.
Are they looking to become a serious, even dominant, power in the world? You betcha. Most Chinese are enthusiastic about having their country afforded superpower status, even ones who want to end to one-party rule. But that's a long way from saying their government wants to spread Maoism around the world. That would be a distraction from their main effort and we are not dealing with fools, here.