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Opinion: Why do Americans have difficulty understanding China? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-11-12 16:42:47 |Display all floors
Refer to George Carlin's remarks on the subject.

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1626548377 Post time: 2018-11-12 06:58
That was quite easy, bet you don't know which US president is not a war criminal, cuz I don't know ...

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter did not start any bloodbaths. He also worked for peace in Palestine.
JFK was in the process of pulling out of Vietnam when his brains were blown out.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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1626548377 Post time: 2018-11-12 07:39
The big problem is, the US are not happy with the progress China achieved in the last few decades, ...

don't get it .. they can still develop their infrastructure sector ..
point gun to china won't help..

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Post time 2018-11-13 10:12:00 |Display all floors
If one carries out a public research maybe the following are the likely findings:

1. American public doesn't really know if China existed and therefore couldn't care less what happen to China.
2. Chinese public knows America and does not wish to delete America from the world.
3. American community are made to think of China as backwater and pilfering American technology and wealth.
4. Chinese community are made to think highly of Americans and that they are very advanced and wealthy.
5. American public couldn't care less about China's welfare.
6. American elites though want to control China.
7. Chinese public and elites like to have both China style and American style co-existing in this world peacefully.
8. The percentage of Americans who do not understand China is very high.
9. For China it is the other way round that the percentage of Chinese who understand American is very high notwithstanding China having 4 times the population of America.
10. Both US and China are ego-centric and ego-susceptible.
11. Both US and China do not trust each other as long as there is a competition to see who is the better one.
12. Both US and China know they fit and complement each other very well if there is no competition between them.

For China and US to resolve their angst and suspicion against each other, one side have to reach out to the other. But US is quite a dangerous nation because of its desire to control and annihilate competition. Perhaps it is advantageous that China conjures a strategy on how to shift American public thinking and how to influence American public opinion. Though this thing cannot be done in an isolated manner. Things that China are moving in Asia, its good to find a way to communicate them to the Americans and let them know they are welcome to join by both being in North America and in Asia. How all these ideas are marketed need to take into consideration the American elections and the American global military strategy. At the end of the day, the single most important thing are China's eternal neighbours, Russia and India. Co-existing with them peacefully and prosperously is the utmost goal. Its the same for them. Further it is helpful for Russia and India to help defuse American insecurity too so that America will not try to pitch China, India and Russia against one another to their own detriment. Growing Asia-Europe will requires deep and astute participation of both Russia and India with China. Of course all nations in Asia-Europe will play a role too. So China needs to focus.

China must not spread itself too thin. It is vital to design things that can allow others to participate and manage rather than China always managing them. There are BRICS Bank and AIIB. China should encourage Russia, Brazil and India to be pro-active in pushing BRICS' development allowing greater participation of Russian, Indian and Brazilian businesses in the continents of Asia and Latin America. Let the Russians, Indians or Brazilians lead and innovate. Let them be credited for BRICS success. All China has to do is to press on in professionalism of the BRICS institution and think of how to promote BRICS. It will be an extremely stale idea if everything huge = China. Thus BRICS is one avenue to create diversity and from which China will not be left out. Then with the China led AIIB, China needs to increase the participation of Asians in AIIB as contributors and think of how to push the AIIB into greater heights. From there work with the IMF and the WB.
  

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Post time 2018-11-14 15:01:15 |Display all floors
I haven't bothered to come to this thread because the answer is so obvious -- there is no consensual will amongst Americans to try to understand China at all.  Almost all the so-called China hands know very little of the language or history of the Chinese nation.  All they depend upon to write their Ph.D. thesis are English books written by an older generation of "China hands."

Chinese in general understand more about America than vice versa because there are many Chinese scholars who have spent years studying in the States, and feel equally conversant in both Chinese and English.

To understand China, you need to have read at least five hundred books including not only vernacular Chinese, but also Chinese classics, and this is too difficult for American scholars to do.  They are just too incompetent to read and understand the original texts of the Four Classic Novels -- Water Margin, Dream of Red Chamber, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West -- let alone philosophical works like Analects, Zhuang Zi, Mengzi, Laozi, Han Fei Zi, Shi Jin, Sunzibingfa, Lisao, Guwenguanzhi, Caigentan, The thirty-Six Stratagems, Zhizitongjian; technological works like Tiangongkaiwu, Bencaogangmu etc. Without this foundation of knowing the original sources of Chinese civilization, how can an American 'scholar' truly know anything about China.

Even Joseph Needham, the Cambridge University scholar who authored the multi-volume "History of Chinese Civilization and Technology," didn't know much about Chinese language himself (I saw his calligraphy in writing some elementary Chinese characters) and had to depend on his Chinese wife for translating the original Chinese texts.

So the failure to understand China from an American perspective is due to the lack of true respect and necessity -- there simply isn't enough interest to understand China from a truly Chinese perspective.

It's like trying to scratch away an itch through the thickness of leather boots.

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The big problem is, the US are not happy with the progress China achieved in the last few decades, ...

That's because no civil engineer in the West had ever dreamed of -- let alone attempted -- building anything with the scale, magnitude and immensity of the HK-Macao-Zhuhai Bridge

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Post time 2018-11-14 15:30:25 |Display all floors
This post was edited by wchao37 at 2018-11-14 16:06

Obviously this lackadaisical and lazy approach by so-called American "China hands" are nothing more than a sign of the period of time that has just passed us by.

In the next phase they are bound to WANT to understand China better; but here goes the dilemma -- even you go and spend all your weekends in Chinatown, USA, there simply is no suitable environment for a WASP kid growing up in the suburbs to truly understand the Chinese language and culture.

Lacking motivation and environmental conditions, only an insufficient number of Americans TRULY understand China.

I don't see a way out of this quagmire because Americans in general want instant gratification and quick fixes mainly for selfish reasons, while Chinese want steady, mature relationships that lead to trust and mutual benefit.

No matter how many meetings take place, nothing is going to change the underlying relationship.




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