paulzheng wrote:As china bebcome the world second large econonic country, how do you look at china and the future of china?
Business, commerce and technology are as ancient to China as the Silk Road. Ksl, Mao started the Great Leal Forward during which time the blueprint for today was laid - there're some China hands on Google researching into this area but I foget their names.
What China is today is a continuous process of development that started since the democratic movements led by Chinese to overthrow the Manchu dynasty. Don't talk badly of China - it has helped most of us, especially the poorer, and the retailers, with its low cost products on most goods. We have a joke here in Sweden and the UK that everything's made in China; but of course, we want lots more Mde in Engkand too - perhaps the Chinese can come over and kickstart more joint companies as the phlegmatic minds here have too many 'risk assessments' whereas the Chinese have a 'can do' attitude.
The BBC recently have a programme on "The Chinese are Coming' which the Times critised as issuing from the fear of the 'yellow peril'; except that the writer himself was more fearful with his downright negative prediction for China. It has always been like this - but the Chinese just carry on with their business instead of hitting back with anti-racist strategies like the Muslims or Blacks.
The BBC programme showed Chinese activities in Africa and Brazil. Chinese had aided Africa since the 60s when they helped to build roads, railways and the infrastructure from Tanzania, Zaire and the Congo; but it's now a two way trade and some Chinese have migrated to start enterprises in Africa! When we were young, it was not acceptable for Chinese to move out of China. In this way, the Chinese mindset has shifted; and hey, it's just like the Europeans migrating everywhere else. So what's the difference? None, in fact, the Chinese laid down miles of railway tracks in the wild west.
Regarding democracy - as a side track, I'd been talking to my Bulgarian and other Eastern Europeans about their lives in the communist days and the post 80s democratic makeover. Most of the people complain about job insecurities, high level unemployment and an increasingly unffordable life. I was told many look back to the old days when a job was for life, unemployment unheard of everyone was not short of the basic things. Apart from this, the crime rates shot up when there was hardly any crime before.
The jasmine revolution - imagine following a revolution not knowing who'd started it. How sheepish can the masses get? Basically, democracy protests, especially if it's about a struggle for power, should put fear in the hearts of the minority; esp if taking over simply depends on numbers rather than the constitution.
Regarding Tiananmen - it's similar to the present protest in Bahrain in the sense that the students began to arm themselves and initiated the horrid crackdown by throwing fire at the passing army tanks - on BBC records. They were not that peaceful as we'd like to think.
Then, when democracy was much talked about, most Chinese say 'no two Chinese ever think alike' and in China, many Chinese make their own laws anyway - so I gather, it'll take people to learn to respect their laws and the constitution before democracy can offer a peaceful alternative.
Mandarin was simplified because it was just technically wise to do so. Old Chinese was a hindrance to access of information and thinking and personally, I think it's stuck in the feudalistic culture of the past; but modern Chinese is made easy for us to learn with its accompanying pinyin. Why should Mandarin want to take over English - every language is beautiful because it's culture bound e.g. there're 54 words describing the colour of horses alone in Mongolian speak. The human mind is capable of using as many languages as it wants; in fact, bilingualism can deter the onset of dementia in old age. Apart from this, I'd want to learn Mandarin because it facilitates my brain in learning Maths, science and business - at least the financial side of it.
When one learns Mandarin, one's engaged in sound, radicle, image and memory so it's a learning that involves multiple systems correlating to the development in our brain and senses. With that level of mature consciousness, let's hope that the fighting savage is left far behind and humans can look into space exploration. As early as the 1980s, many of us China friends, thought they're ahead of us , with their en masse experiments with marxism, Mao's thoughts and mass mobilizations. When the balance was corrected by Deng Xioa Ping in 1983, China was already ripe for doing business. It amazed me with its speed and ability to make productive overnight changes - but as I'd seen of some of its gigantic hotels, the infrastructure needs more attention to quality.
What's democracy to the Chinese now that they'd been through the world's most pure form of communism, the democarcy wall, the great leap forward, the great cultural revolution and the reform of 1983??? If you'd ever imagined a static China, or one about the oppression of the masses, read into the small prints.