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Brutal subjugation is not the only way an 'advanced' culture shows its superiority.|
As I see it, it is completely a matter of choice.
For example, in the United States, the California Legislature decided not to allocate reservation land for the Native Americans (Indians) but instead chose to exterminate them physically.
Under Spanish rule, the population of Californian Indians had dwindled from 300,000 in 1769 to 150,000 in 1848 when the Americans took over. In January 1848, a Californian newspaper called "Star" carried an editorial arguing that Indians were inferior non-Christian sava.ges and opined that the latter needed to be treated like animals.
California's Legislative ordinance spelt out the limited ‘rights’ of local Indians -- including that Indians couldn't testify in courts against whites. So if an Indian got robbed or raped he/she or other witnesses couldn't testify against whites in court, not to mention that fact the Indians could be killed at random without cause.
The so-called 'Indian Code' was supposedly written to 'protect' Californian Indians, but as in most promises or contracts made by white America with the natives, it turned into a hollow piece of paper which in reality suppressed the Indians even further.
Not only were the Indians rented like properties to whites as indentured laborers, no one was permitted to make higher bids once labor con.tract was signed between the two parties because in practice the contracts were always unilaterally renewed against the wishes of the natives. That means under the guise of protecting work and businesses for the white businessmen, the government can find you guilty for the 'crime' of bidding higher for a native's work.
In 1850 California passed an Act for 'governing and protecting' Indians, in which the infamous "Apprentice Program" was initiated. They yanked native children away from their parents so that they could be in control of their lives from a young age (later they simply sent them to boarding schools to study English and the kids could even use their own native languages).
When white businessmen couldn't get enough of them using legal contracts, they simply pillaged Indian villages and kidnapped the surviving children as 'apprentices.
In one of these documented cases, a white man was charged with kidnapping native children, to which he simply replied, "I didn't kidnap them. Their parents were dead." When the court asked him how he knew that, he simply grimaced and said, "I killed them myself."
That's how the Native American population in California dwindled from 150,000 in 1848 to 120,000 in 1870. The only Native Americans you see today in California are the pitiably few remnants you see from such willful, state-sponsored genocide using the excuse of justifiable Christian ethnic cleansing.
The tenets of Social Darwinism aren't carved in stone or physical laws of nature.
Had that really been a sacrosanct law of nature, Ming Admiral Zheng He's naval armada of up to 22,000 soldiers transported in hundreds of ships each measuring many times as large as Columbus's "Santa Maria" should have sent Europeans into sla.very and traded them in open markets. One of his four vice-admirals had already reached the Va.tican according to studies of British naval/sub commander Gavin Menzies and subsequent findings.
In sole possession of superior cannons, mariners compass, and flying arrows (rockets), these Ming sailors could have at least pillaged the eastern coast of Africa. Not a single record of such acts exists whether from home sources or the historical records from Europe, Africa or the Middle East.
The only record we have today is the fact that from 1421 to 1433, Zheng He and his men made seven voyages to East Africa (and some historians claim that one of his four vice-admirals went as far as the Americas) and brought along China's extant technological know-how at that time to Vatican, and this eye-opening event ignited the Italian Renaissance represented by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci whose 3-D depictions of machines thitherto unknown to Europe were merely plagiarized versions of 2-D drawings long known in Chinese books like "Tiangongkaiwu."
That China could have exterminated the entire European population between 1422 and 1433 if it had the intention to do so is no longer a contested issue – it is a historical fact.
Refocusing on today's China you can see that more than fifty ethnic minorities have been encouraged to thrive by having had a written phonetic system tailored to their needs since the 1950s, and yet white America still lodges complaints against China for her fair treatment of minorities while conveniently failing to mention their genocidal warfare against the Native Americans.
Such hypocrisy with evaluative double- or multiple- standards is both unprecedented and self-serving, and it speaks volumes about the Western mindset itself.
In this case, the only thing you need to remind yourself is that China’s 50-plus minorities are still physically and culturally intact, while America’s Native American population has almost been wiped out.
As a civilization-state with incomparably rich and colorful historical experience of multi-state governance, China is one of a few civilizations that have had such experience of taking into account the interests of all parties in a such a setting, and that's why even an unbiased Western observer would welcome China's age-old concept of Shi.jie Da.tong now dubbed as Shared Destiny of Mankind.
That's why America's proclivity to deny the reality of China's rise is fruitless.
The world's expectant eyes -- including those of the environmentally-endangered islanders in the South Pacific -- are today focused on China, and it is in everyone's interest to share in fulfilling her dream of shared prosperity, and not that of a self-serving cli.que of Trumpsters.