The Chinese were faced with a similar invasion by the Europeans with their advanced technological weaponry, when the British showed up on their doorstep over 100 years ago. They won that one. England is returning the stolen property and going home. China gave a little and gained a lot. Wise rulers negotiated with an eye to the future.
I am an American living in Xian, China. Yesterday I visited thea museum of ancient hieroglyphics here. One is struck by the wisdom inscribed on the thousands of message tablets. Commemorations of a great engineering job, a new bridge, numerous public service successes. Teachers, philosophers, and doctors honored; as well as poetry, art, and quotes of wisdom.
Then you wonder what it is we westerners have to teach these Communists? Our modern day heroes are greedy business moguls, plastic models, hollow actors and actresses, push button warriors.
China is teaching me a lot. The power of governmental direction, we call it totalitarianism. In the west, our "free” countries are being controlled by consumerism (capitalism) and the results there worry me. I see corporations and individuals gobbling up the Earths’ resources at an alarming pace with no end in sight excepting that of total environmental devastation. Sometimes I wonder what freedom really means.
Here in China you are not free to have more that one child. A terrible law for the individual but one considerate of the environment and society. Here you are not allowed to bear arms, but the streets are peaceful. No drive-by shootings. Many things are controlled, but things are also changing. A new law has liberated trade. Anyone can deal now. That’s what has brought me here, the exciting new business climate.
After three weeks it’s hard to see what the "Red Scare" is all about. We are going to build a trillion dollar missile defense system to protect ourselves from these gentle people? Something is rotten in Denmark. The military industrial complex needs you to fear someone somewhere or they are out of business. I think they better make up some stories about invading aliens because the word is going to get out. China is opening up. Nobody will hurt you here. It is not Chicago after all.
Sure there still are plenty of injustices, but not the picture painted by the American propaganda. Someone in the U.S. senate said giving China the 2008 Olympic games was like awarding them to Hitler in 1931. What blind blabber! China compared to Nazi Germany, insane!
These games set the standards, 80% of the Green Olympics’s operations were powered up by solar energy. Of the billions of government dollars that have been directed to the development of Western China, 50% of the spending must involve solar energy. In America, Mitt Romney can lie in the debates about half of the government’s investments in green companies going bust and his popularity goes up. The fact is, it was just 3 companies, and the investment numbers Mitt used are for total investment, not ‘annual tax deductions’.
One has to ask, “What is freedom". Americans are free to dress as they like, but when you see them in a foreign country, they all look the same, dressed in the latest trends. Americans are free to rape, or kill, and with enough money for the right lawyers, go free. In China you can be executed for embezzling money. Crime against the people. It does seem a crime for one man to hold enough money to stop world poverty, but does nothing to help, while millions die of starvation. What is freedom?
China has many problems and injustices still, but she is growing, learning and improving. In the race for world domination, the rabbit, the U.S.A., is ahead for now, but China has it’s past and future working together,, and the turtle is moving forward.
I was surprised when I heard a young Chinese student on national television quote John F. Kennedy,"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." They are interested in our history. This does not seem isolationist to me.
I think we have a lot to learn from China.