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China has done its share
"The World is forever in debt to China for its innovations. |
Ancient China was extreme advance and many of its discoveries are
still in use today. This is what Robert Temple, the author of ‘The
Genius of China 3000 years of science, discovery and invention', claimed.
Robert Temple concentrates the bulk of his examples in
these three categories, agriculture, domestic and industrial
technology and engineering. Temple's examples were not limited
to these fields of innovation. The Chinese excelled in many other
areas, including mathematics, warfare and transportation, to name a
“Francis Bacon (1561-1626), an early advocate of file empirical method, upon which the scientific revolution was based, attributed Western Europe's early modern take-off to three things in particular: printing, the compass, and gunpowder. Bacon had no idea where these things had come from, but historians now know that all three were invented in China.”
According to Joseph Neeham: “ A common stereotype is that the Chinese traditionally lack scientific and technological ability, although, somehow, they stumbled upon papermaking, printing, gunpowder, and the mariner's compass. Modern Chinese, themselves, sometimes are surprised to realize that modern agriculture, shipping, astronomical observatories, decimal mathematics, paper money, umbrellas, wheelbarrows, multi-stage rockets, brandy and whiskey, the game of chess, and much more, all came from China.”
http://www.askasia.org/teachers/ ... hina/LP_china_8.htm
In other words, China has done its share to have contributed the most life sustainable inventions to the world, enabling the West to improve on many of the models with given base ideas. Unfortunately, the weakening caused by internal conflicts, eg, reckless Yuan dynasty emperor ( Mongol) and corrupted Chin dynasty ( Manchu), the majority of Han Chinese suffered greatly, worse came the betrayal of Japan who benefited most from looting in China due to geographical advantage, and the orchestrated invasion by coalition of other 7 Western countries with tips from Japan. It's been said that Japan looted at least 6000 tons of gold amongst other treasures. Most of the looted items can still be seen in the museums in all these countries. The last blow was the opium poison pushed by G.Britain that destroyed the millions minds for years. Due to these events, China has lost the last 100 years in developments. Why is it none of these looters and liars ask a question how China was destroyed by them, instead of asking what China can contribute to the world today?
Even with all its lost wealth, China has been contributing to the world all the times in subtle ways, just look around the household items in your house, and try to dismantle the computer you are using now to see the internal components, if China has not participated in the production of these goods, the ideas would not travel far and the concepts would not sustain its life span. The most, it’d benefit only the top 10 or 20 countries with strong economy, how about other 130 countries in the world?
Why don’t we ask how many modern inventions are sustainable? Certain countries earn popularity for producing just novelty, I have no objection to that, it serves to entertain and kill time. While millions are dying in other parts of the world, what is the fun for paying US$200 for a wafer thin iPod that breaks down in days? What is the use of paying US$ 150 – 200 for a Bluetooth earphone that has no safety against overheating while charging the battery? What is the joy for paying US$2000 for a compact mini DVD player to watch movie by himself instead of being with family or a partner? While China earns no credit for helping to reduce this cost for such a quick passing fad, it gets accusation for not creating some sort of the same waste.
China has the highest population in the world, this is no easy task to handle, the basic need is to find occupation for each one and feed all the families. In some ways, I think it’s right that China make a maximum use of its human resources by avoiding certain wasteful technology. Many jobless in the developed countries are the victims of their own success. Take a walk in their cities, how many vending machines have replaced the traditional vendors? The newspaper vendor by the London tube shouts around for breaking news, in Geneva, the vendor is a plastic box with coin insert, and it is sometimes littered like a dustbin. Who would you prefer as vendor? Many jobless in the West also spend time spreading hate message to their government in the graffiti, while China has people do cleaning all the time, either with bloom or bucket of water, nothing stay so idle. One cleaning street machine in the West sacrifices 20 to 50 unskilled workers. This is not bad as idea if they’re short of man power, but the problem in China is the opposite, too many unskilled people looking for job, it makes no sense to invest millions of dollars in one machine to be manned by one or two trained persons.