thanks for good question.
I am a malaysian chinese.
My grand grandfather is from china. (due to some British political issue in South east asia in 1930-1940+)
but aft my grandfather onwards we are citizen of Malaysia.
We are no longer describe self feature as china's chinese, but malaysian chinese. （海外华侨）
I heard a lot of story about china from my eldest.
I went china few times before.
I think china is not weak, but can be stronger due to the people in these large country.
Chopstick, paper, 火药, china traditional medicine中药, are created by china.
Great wall, lots of nice building which still in "nice" condition in front of your eye till now... Its amazing.
I am in Beijing in SzeChuan512 earthquake四川大地震 I have good impression in chinese that help one another during this tragedy. The TV 24 hours update news in SzeChuan. I am touch.
After awesome Beijing Olmpic, china show their ability to organise Huge global activity.
Fast-growing economies IN china.
We heard about lots of corruption, SARS desease in 2002, ugly election cycle, > population imbalance, environment pollution which might lead to global warming, China milk SCANDAL... happening in china.
These ISSUE maybe this happen around the world, the things is we don't know that, but does'nt mean it does not happen in any corner of this world.
柏杨 wrote《丑陋的中国人》I do learn from the book 《丑陋的中国人》
But i do also learn from china and chinese like MaoZeDong, 屈原， 诸葛亮，孟子。。。
china is a HUGE society,
maybe we might learn from its positif, and take its negatif as a lesson.