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the invaders and colonisers came, looted, plundered, killed and burnt the rice fields; they took away the heritage, raped the women, killed the children, butchered the men....|
they did not apologise.
now their kith and kin return and tell the once-hungry man in the torched field that while he has by the sweat of his brow and the sinews in his racking body saved and tilled his land again, he must now therefore eat faster.
he looks at them and asks:
'and your credentials for saying so are?'
they have no answer.
perhaps it is guilt from their past which creates the fear in them in the present.
a fear that this land will become belligerent and bellicose.
and whereforth is the historical record that this would happen?
China is the only country in the world whose land has been the battleground for two foreign powers (japan and russia).
China is the only country in the world with a fatality record close to that of Russia during the last world war.
China is the only country which had won two battles. And retreated her valiant troops to give away the won land.
China is the only country in the world which has forgiven a Japan down on her knees, and had shown in true form that forgiveness by not asking for reparations, the magnitude of which in proportion to the death, destruction and suffering endured by her people would have sunk that island into the sea, but graciously helped her rise and excel by buying her goods.
All so conveniently forgotten. Instead, lo and behold, they spin and spin mischief and malevolence. First about a province, taiwan, now about a dear friend and equal sufferer, korea...
Now, mischief's afoot again.
They are saying again:
'why don't you eat faster? faster! faster!'
'what are you doing to your neighbours?'
Enough! If we can love the culture and civilisation of China as much as we love her heritage and energy, if we can suffer with her pain of the past as much as we can celebrate her achievements of the present, and indeed the future, let us accept her for what she is, protect her from the dark designs of small minds, even sit down and eat with her at her own pace and cheer her on to become a truly unique and significant member of the world community.
China, rise, and, using the goodness in your heart as much the power of your intellect, the will of your spirit, the energy of four thousand years, show the world what a real world leader is.
Mark Wu has spoken.