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Is there anything we should learn from today's China? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2005-12-12 10:50:42 |Display all floors
Some of members in this forum, like Wchao37 and Arksi-arksi, have such a great deal of confidence in a promising future of China that they go so far as to say that China will be the most powerful leading nation in the world.

But when I ponder on the phenomenon called "China's rise," I always end up wondering one thing: that is, if China is to be a world-class leader, she needs to be respected by the world community for something she does, something distinctive to China. But is there any distinguished quality, remarkable invention, or any outstanding achievement for which the rest of the world admires China and Chinese people, or which makes us feel that China is indeed a world-class leader? What should the rest of the world respect China for as a leader?

If you look back a couple of centuries and take a look at the rise of countries like Great Britain, France, the U.S., Japan, or any other countries that are regarded as leaders and models in modern times in such fields as business, political philosophy, diplomacy, culture and life-style, or education and research, you immediately notice one obvious difference between China and those major countries: they all brought with them new ideas, inventions, talents, or skills that expanded the horizon of human activities, when they rose to power.

Some of their new ideas truly revolutionalized the way people think, behave, live, work, and made our lives better. If not revolutinalized, they did at least take us to the next level of our social advancement.

Those leading countries had something to offer to the world and to be respected and admired in return, though not everything they do were admired of course, and many in the world do try to learn from them in an attempt to figure out what it was that made them so outstanding.

Here are some of the items and achievements for which they are regarded highly around the world. There must be more but these will suffice, for the time being, to illustrate the point I am making here.

Great Britain:
Industrial revolution, university education and research, gentlemanship, common law and parliamentary system,

France:
Passion for artistic expressions and presentation, fashion and design, artistic cuisine, philanthropism and political philosophy

The U.S.:
Mass production, industrial creativity and entrepreneurship, scientific inventions in almost all fields, frontier and challenge spirit, university education and research, freedom, democracy

Japan:
The first non-White industrial country, durability of high-tech products, lean production and factory management, precision manufacturing, energy efficiency


How about China?

China:


How do you fill in the blank? Is anything new happening in China that has relevance and significance to the rest of the world? What shall we learn from China? What do you think?

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Post time 2005-12-12 22:38:59 |Display all floors

China is distinctive

Confucianism, the resource of everything needed for a great power.

Chinese people's strength to overcome extreme hardship;

Chinese people's unitedness to chase away foreign invaders;

Chinese people's caring for the elderly and the young;

Chinese people's far-sightedness for future (that explains world's highest bank saving rate)

Chinese people' s enterprenuership to work for successful business (esp in Southeast China, such as Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong)

Chinese people's confidence to regain the status of a great country, because they had built it in Dang Dynasty, Han Dynasty, and early Qing Dynasty

Technology?  China is already the world's largest Internet users, the biggest mobile phone maker and user, soon would be the biggest auto country,  the world's longest expressways (in 5 years?) and ++, ++,++

wait for China's Space Station, and China men and maybe first group of Chinese tourists on the Moon, Mars, and other stars  ...

Maybe I am a little bit too optimistic, but All Chinese would keep working for them

right?

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Post time 2005-12-12 22:46:12 |Display all floors

All right.

What makes you belive China is distinctive? Will you be more specific?

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Post time 2005-12-13 11:52:06 |Display all floors

Something the Chinese government must do to win the respect of the people.

Coal Mine safety............The sooner the better. It would be to the benefit of all Chinese to bring the standards to above world class safety. Production output would improve dramatically.

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Post time 2005-12-13 11:56:08 |Display all floors

Road builing.........

The world rolls on wheels. The roads I have experienced in China are in great need of re-design to meet the increasing demands of production and transport. The many toll booths are an added expense to effecient production and should not be there The fuel tax should take care of road building. (paid for by the users) With faster and more effecient roads, overall effeciency will improve.

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Post time 2005-12-13 12:07:04 |Display all floors

Serious implication of alternative fuels.

Generally world wide oil companies control energy source output.... Here are some old technologies that could be put into place and with the government forbidding control by oil companies.....

Alcohol fuel: Biomass and coal gasification produces this clean burning fuel. Actual cost of production is very low and the by product is food for animals. This would be an extra source of good nutrition for feed stock. Also the government should ban any animal products in feed stock for chickens and other grain eating animals.

Methane from Biomass: City dumps produce huge amounts of methane. The waste used to make alcohol can also produce methane gas (a natural gas)

Wind Energy is in place in China and growing.

Ocean Energy: Constant motion IS constant energy.

Geothermal: The heat from a shallow well (4-5 thousand feet) releases a lot of heat energy, if there is no natural gas, oil or water, use it to heat nearby towns or at least government buildings to save taxpayers in the future.

Solar Energy works and has been in place but more could be used for heat and electricity. I use this myself on a family basis.

Preventing Oil companies from controlling these sources of energy would allow them to develop at a much faster rate and with competition would develop even faster.

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Post time 2005-12-13 12:12:20 |Display all floors

Standards for poultry need to be established.

I have seen millions and millions of poultry (chickens) slaughtered because of virus con^^ination. Starting with the biggest producers, standards for indoor production of chickens with strict standards for the feed would pay off in just a few years with again higher production and better quality. I realize the small farmers are helpless at this point and agricultural agencies can help design a safer way of production for the small farmers to insure profit and healthy products.
   Again safe food for chickens is equally as important.

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