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This post was edited by wchao37 at 2020-4-2 16:36|
Although at first glance Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying's rhetorical question in response to foreigners' questioning of China's motive in dispensing aid to so many countries might sound intuitive and true, she has actually missed the point bigtime.
The question is not whether China should "stand idly by while other countries fight COVID-19."
The real question is whether all the countries presently receiving aid from China deserve such aid from us in the first place.
The Chinese people have traditionally been generous when it comes to aiding foreign countries even when we ourselves had barely enough to eat.
Many oldsters can still remember the time when they had to save their own meager food rations during the early 1970s in order to save scarce resources to help the Vietnamese in their war effort against the Americans.
And yet history had made a mockery of us and our aid.
Not only did the Vietnamese not appreciate our aid -- besides fulfilling all their military needs, we were feeding and clothing the North Vietnamese when we ourselves were destitutely poor -- as they were strategically backed by the then Soviet Union, their hubris increased exponentially so much so that they ended up launching a military invasion against their smaller neighbors in Southeast Asia and finally, bit the hand that fed them by engaging us in a brutal border war in 1979 while claiming that they were "Number Three in the world" after entering Saigon and defeating the U.S. in 1975.
So the first question we should raise is whether the nations which request aid from us deserve such aid. The Chinese people are totally fed up with their bad experiences with these 白眼狼 (ungrateful renegades) such as Vietnam and Albania.
The foreign correspondent who questioned China's motives as the only major power which is helping other nations in the present COPID-19 pandemic is obviously the product of a typical Western education that did not teach him about the Chinese humanistic traditions embodied in the teachings of philosophers such as Mencius and Confucius.
He was only deducing what he or his nation would have done under identical circumstances -- at a time of tremendous stress and material uncertainties, no external aid would be extended or forthcoming unless his own nation is prioritized to enjoy an abundance of such supplies.
That's why even Angela Merkel's Germany initially turned down the requests of other nations to buy their respirators just as the pandemic began to strike Europe. They even seized China-originated facial masks and other medical supplies bound for Switzerland when they realized those medical supplies were what Germany urgently needed at the time.
It is easy for a man to feel benevolent when he doesn't understand how the real world works. In Chinese history, there was an emperor 晋惠帝 who, when told by his subordinates how his people were suffering from the ravages of famine, answered with a question, "If they don't have enough rice to eat, why can't they eat pork?"
Indiscriminately offering aid to all nations can be likened to asking that inane question. Not all nations deserve to be helped because not all of them will appreciate or even remember China's timely and indispensable aid as soon as their life-threatening situation is relieved.
In fact, countries like Norway, Sweden, and Denmark will turn their backs and accuse us of interfering in their internal affairs and having ulterior motives when we try to extend a helping hand, as can be seen from the fact that they had refused to apologize for their racist, anti-Chinese slurs in their cartoons and articles in major national publications when the virus first struck Wuhan a few months ago.
That's why I say I am not a fan of helping rogue nations like these when they are habitually thick-skinned enough to beg us for help without so much as saying sorry for their insults, hubris and gross misconduct during the early days of the Wuhan crisis.