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What Can China Learn From Her History? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-8-21 15:50:37 |Display all floors
As time passes we may forget what has happened in the past.
This can make us complacent and too trusting.

There is no doubt that China has been kept back by centuries by foreign invasion.
So what are the important lessons that we should learn from history?
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Post time 2007-8-21 17:16:23 |Display all floors
Example: Opium Wars

Shows that although China was an advanced nation she could not keep out invaders.

So China must arm herself with everything under the sun.

Illustration: Even the best restaurant in town cannot keep out vermin without a lot of time, money and effort!
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Post time 2007-8-21 17:36:59 |Display all floors
Just as our ancestors told us:
A militant coutry will be destroied by war,but a country which does not defence for war will soon be captured by other country.
Don’t fear unfair criticisms, but you must know those unfair criticisms.

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Post time 2007-8-21 17:40:53 |Display all floors
Knowledge is power and China must restore her power in the history of mankind by acquiring as much useful knowledge as possible in order to become self-reliant through creating new markets.  China was once the most knowledgeable country in the world, and more advanced and civilised than all the western countries put together. As a small example, not many people know that the first tolled roads in the world were laid in China.  However too early too much a satisfaction with one's condition prevailed to cloud the judgement that one must constantly improve in order to stay ahead. That constant improvement based on scientific approach and precise expansion of knowledge is the new imperative.

Understanding how the others think is also important. Foreigners came expecting submission and exacting unfair trade conditions, unfurling their ideologies and trinkets as though these were all that matter, talking about their cultures as though they were intrinsically superior. Was all these just in the past or have they taken new forms even today, through trade barriers, asymmetric pressures, media branding to make China look bad?  We have the olympics coming up and they are talking about human rights instead of checking up their own human rights record.  We have workers putting in hours of hard work in order to make a living for their families and they start a rush of complaints about goods in such manner as to suggest a programme of condemnation. Yes, understanding how they all think is the beginning of insight on how to put them in their place that China is not to be trifled with again.

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Post time 2007-8-21 20:35:20 |Display all floors
Another one of your usual brilliant analysis, mark.

Originally posted by markwu at 2007-8-21 17:40
Yes, understanding how they all think is the beginning of insight on how to put them in their place that China is not to be trifled with again.  


Its the only way to get them to back off!

Some nations (like their people) only understand one type of language.
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Post time 2007-8-21 21:15:12 |Display all floors
Here's a history lesson for you:

When China ignores the plight of the peasants the dynasty falls.

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Post time 2007-8-21 23:41:33 |Display all floors

3 off the top of the head...discuss

Here are a few lessons that China could learn,(but likely won't for a while)

1. Prolonging a systemic charade only makes the fallout worse. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. What I mean is that a government must admit it's mistakes. At the accountability level, what has changed since the time of the mandarins... little.

2. Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. You don't like being invaded? WHen you get into a position of power...don't invade others. Yes..this should be evident since the times of Ghengis...yet still we can't wait to get back into it again with other neighbours.

3. Realize that as China  becomes  greater and greater, people will move here,want to settle, have a life here. Same as Chinese people have done in other places for soooo long and in unbelievable numbers. Allow them to integrate effectively. Is there a foreign policeman in all of China...an employee that makes handling the foreigners a bit less baffling a process for all involved? Not that I've seen.
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