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Crack Heads and Spill Blood

During the Party’s Centennial celebration, China’s President Xi Jinping said:

The Chinese people will never allow foreign forces to bully, oppress or enslave us, whoever nurses delusions of doing that will crack their heads and spill blood on the Great Wall of steel built from the flesh and blood of 1.4 billion Chinese people.

“Tou po xie liu” – literal translation – “crack heads and spill blood” is a four character idiom, or what is called “cheng yu” in Chinese. The actual use of the phrase is usually in contexts to describe extraordinary efforts that are ultimately futile. Unlike in English, where use of idioms is more prevalent in casual speech, the use of “cheng yu” at a reasonable level is an indication of a good Chinese education. This literal translation does not do justice to the original. It is not a threat – it is actually an everyday metaphor that describes a futile action. Think of “butting your head against a brick wall”. Mr. Xi’s “crack their heads and spill blood” quip sounds a lot like Russian President Putin’s May 21 warning that Moscow would “knock the teeth out” of any country that tried to “to bite off something from us”.

China’s last dynasty began the humiliation in 1636, as it was not Chinese but Manchurian: foreign domination of the state, but still run by mandarins. It was eventually outmaneuvered by modernizing European then Japanese powers. What happened in Europe in 1930s is foreboding in the context of China & its long march to ascend out of its prolonged, perceived humiliation. Confucianism left behind a methodology for running the state with highly trained mandarin/bureaucrats that re-established themselves and constructed a society with industrial capacity that no one would have imagined 40 years ago.

Western universities trained Chinese students who brought back their knowledge and technical capabilities that have had profound effects on the Chinese economy/technology. China can rail against the West but they are all too willing to use the West for its’ advancement. She is now using her economic and military might around the world and become the imperialist country that she so often accuse the US of being.

American greed created the CCP’s arrogance. If the past half century has taught them anything, its that the American economic elites are not patriots. Just greedy addicts of wealth & power. China was one of the poorest countries in the world. Then, American politicians and corporations decided to exploit its cheap labor supply and like bandits, don’t even bother paying taxes in the US. While Apple subbed phone parts production to China, it paid practically no US taxes from 2009 to 2012. Walmart decimated main street with the promise to stock “made in the USA products.” Ever see anything made in America in the their stores?

Biden’s positioning looks increasingly anachronistic. Too little too late? Wealth & power in the United States has been so concentrated upon America’s economic elites that are now vastly more powerful then the Government. It’s not inconceivable that by the end of this century US & the world will be subordinated by the China. And the ordinary American, too overwhelmed by poverty & under-educated will be too exhausted & beleaguered to care.

Whether the CCP functions as a governing body or a rubber stamp and propaganda machine for some higher government power is uncertain. At any rate, decisive governance and hard work have produced remarkable results in social and physical infrastructure. I keep thinking that at some point, the Chinese people will rebel at the surveillance state they inhabit but that just seems wishful thinking. China has been a ferociously hierarchical society for thousands of years. From projects like the Great Wall to the canal system, millions were pressed into service. Its only the ones who were most able to submit that survived to reproduce. The process has continued for so long, that it must be reflected at the genetic level.

Mr. Xi and the CCP have much to demonstrate and brag about. Has China found a form of decisive, successful governance that is free of the burden of Western-style politics and economic corruption? It may be
so!

If the United States is to have an enduring role in world affairs from this point forward, it must engage in serious introspection and reform. The rise of China shows what can be achieved and also presents Americans with a competitive force that it truly needs to right itself, fix its democracy, lift all of its citizens and once again earn the right to be the world’s beacon of “liberty, opportunity & fairness”.

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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47 Responses to “Crack Heads and Spill Blood”

  • xoxo:

    Even as U$A becomes more n more GREEDY,CHINA is becoming less and less communist?

    The RICH N POWERFOOL$ THRIVE IN THE TWO EXTREMES?

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  • The Ego is unpredictable.....:

    “What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is Man! who can endure toil, famine, whipping, imprisonment & even death itself, in vindication of his own liberty, and yet at the next moment . . . inflict so great a bondage upon his fellow men, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that bondage which he rose in rebellion to oppose.”

    (Thomas Jefferson to Jean Nicholas Demeunier, January 24, 1786)

    “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; such that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied upon to set them right.”

    (President Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, January 8, 1789)

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  • BK:

    Enjoyable as usual bro (:

    I think most ppl underestimate dissent in China. The dissent comes in various forms, and sometimes manifested as “corruption”.

    I would argue that while Magna Carta provided the philosophy for modern democracy, but it is technology that gave the visceral impetus for mass democracy.

    It is said that feudalism is replaced by capitalism or communism, perhaps it is more accurate to say that feudalism adapted.

    “Technofeudalism Is Taking Over. Today, the global economy is powered by central bank money, not private profit. Meanwhile, value extraction shifted from markets onto digital platforms which operate like private fiefdoms or estates, not oligopolies..” Yanis Varoufakis.

    The move by China against Tech companies is couched in “corruption” terms. However, to me, it seems liked the physical fiefdom is acting against the virtual fiefdoms.

    Which fiefdom is more real can only be measured by where the power and money flow.

    The difference is that while the physical fiefdom is immovable, virtual fiefdoms ( will get more absorbing with AI and Virtual Reality ) can be multiplied, recreated, disavowed etc.

    Dissent can only be crushed for a little time. The contradictions cannot be solved , only resolved; meaning engagement rather than by fiat.

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  • Capitalistic Communist:

    xoxo:
    Even as U$A becomes more n more GREEDY,CHINA is becoming less and less communist?
    The RICH N POWERFOOL$ THRIVE IN THE TWO EXTREMES?

    Just like was written by George Orwell, the pigs had adopted the human ways of life which they once criticized and strictly forbid comrades to do. The pigs became capitalistic communists.

    “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
    ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

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  • World First:

    More than 160 countries gather for a summit on how to improve people’s well being. On the other hand, 7 gather to decide how to conquer the world.

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-07/Xi-delivers-speech-at-CPC-and-World-Political-Parties-Summit-11GNXB4xpnO/index.html
    Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, delivered a keynote speech at CPC and World Political Parties Summit via video link in Beijing on Tuesday.

    The theme of the summit was “For the People’s Wellbeing: The Responsibility of Political Parties.” More than 500 leaders of political parties and political organizations from 160-plus countries, and over 10,000 representatives attended the virtual summit.

    Real good leaders work to improve people’s lives. Dictators work to preserve their way of life.

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  • mike:

    Quote : Its only the ones who were most able to submit that survived to reproduce. The process has continued for so long, that it must be reflected at the genetic level.

    That rings the same bell i heard from many Chinese who said the same, living oversea and promised never to send their offspring back to ‘motherland’.

    *Applaud, Applaud, Applaud*

    Nice writings.

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  • Reboot:

    China is galvanizing campaigns against West oppression by deploying wolf warriors and social media for several years trying to paint West trying to suppress Chinese growth.

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Editor-s-Picks/China-up-close/Analysis-Xi-becomes-Mao-in-Tiananmen-visual-effect

    As you can see it is all Xi’s ploy to be the Great Conqueror or Leader after Mao, very ambitious guy. He has done nothing to Chinese economy nor its growth, riding on Deng and Jiang’s foundation, but he has successfully portrayed to a paramount leader by nationalising sentiments against West and China as super power (by bullying neighbours). Deng and Jiang had largely keep to themselves and been cordial with the West and never plan to supersede Mao. Xi’s is clearly one ambitious animal, he removed two term limit for himself and trying to over take Mao to become Supreme Leader.

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  • Pioneer speaks:

    not surprising,do we not see similar situation in spore,late 50s to 60s a prolabour socialist now capitalist govt ,
    Growing gap between rich n poor,rich amass their wealth whilst poor eck a living ,
    Growing elite of rich well connected group,old boy network,

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    China had always been a nation of warlords until ONE came along and united all to become the 1st Emperor…funny he was never called Great unlike Peter of Russia n Alexander of Macedonia…Dynasty followed with Mongols n Manchurian Emperors ruling over the majority Han…Disaster when Japan n the West came along n imposed their rule n will…fast forward,Love him or Hate him Moa like Lie Con You came along but unlike Moa he back stabbed n not fought for POWER… Moa created a China Commie or Patriotic nation with Greats like Chou n Deng doing what you have Today a Nation Unity in Divrrsity through the CCP…

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  • 毛病不改,恶习难除:

    As you can see it is all Xi’s ploy to be the Great Conqueror or Leader after Mao, very ambitious guy. He has done nothing to Chinese economy nor its growth, riding on Deng and Jiang’s foundation, but he has successfully portrayed to a paramount leader by nationalising sentiments against West and China as super power (by bullying neighbours). Deng and Jiang had largely keep to themselves and been cordial with the West and never plan to supersede Mao. Xi’s is clearly one ambitious animal, he removed two term limit for himself and trying to over take Mao to become Supreme Leader.

    病不改
    难除

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  • Emperor Xi is no Taoist.....:

    “No enemies can destroy the king who has at his service the respect and friendship of the wise men who may find fault or disagree with him, and correct him.”

    - Thiruvalluvar the Sage

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  • mike:

    To quote my Chinese friend:

    “A violently established government will end violently, give raise to the next violently established government and establish the eternal cycle until a real people’s system is found.”

    Temusik Patriot:
    China had always been a nation of warlords until ONE came along and united all to become the 1st Emperor…funny he was never called Great unlike Peter of Russia n Alexander of Macedonia…Dynasty followed with Mongols n Manchurian Emperors ruling over the majority Han…Disaster when Japan n the West came along n imposed their rule n will…fast forward,Love him or Hate him Moa like Lie Con You came along but unlike Moa he back stabbed n not fought for POWER… Moa created a China Commie or Patriotic nation with Greats like Chou n Deng doing what you have Today a Nation Unity in Divrrsity through the CCP…

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  • mike:

    受教了,经典!

    中文博大精深,微妙之极。

    毛病不改,恶习难除: 病不改
    难除

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Technology does not liberate. It enslaves. Even in the 19th Century, industrialization imposes new requirements on when, where and how one might work, and it is not any different now. Instead of being freed by technology, people are tied to their phones or computers. Although their parents work 9-5 shift, many in the post-industrial World are on call 24/7 and they may even have to provide their own work space, benefits, etc. etc.

    In the case of China, there is no question that the general public in China enjoy much greater freedom and have access to information not available decades ago, and I would hardly rank China as the #1 oppressor. I would rank India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries that routinely mistreat the female half of its population as worst offenders of human rights. Not only do women have little to no right to vote or own property, they are routinely killed if they are raped, or if they want to marry someone of their choosing.

    China is playing from the same playbook as Western democracies which are replete with deception and greed for power and control. The demise of democracy is not an American problem but a worldwide problem. And currently we have as much to fear from all our “own leaders” as we have from China’s. Right? I like how westerners always believe China’s economy success is at the bestow of western countries. So why don’t India and many other developing countries rise up like China? Foreign investment and trade are definitely important at the beginning but don’t forget how much multinational companies have profited as they reap the majority portion of profits.

    Why people still called China communist when in fact it’s a hybrid of capitalism and socialism. China historically, not just as a modern form of democratic socialism… is a collective based society. As such… collectivism is deeply ingrained in it’s culture and it’s people.

    Much of the focus of modern China governance is in fact driven by this collective nature that is the social soul of China. And.. if you actually walk the streets of China and talk with the people.. you will find that they simply do not view China as you do, nor as most Americans do…I can tell you that they are not unhappy, not isolated, and not deprived of western sources of “facts”. While they think and believe in a more collective manner as a society… they are not ostriches with their heads buried in some Communist sand pile.

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  • MarBowling:

    Shenkoji Buchikonya:
    July 9, 2021 at 4:27 am (Quote)
    Technology does not liberate. It enslaves. Even in the 19th Century, industrialization imposes new requirements on when, where and how one might work, and it is not any different now. Instead of being freed by technology, people are tied to their phones or computers. Although their parents work 9-5 shift, many in the post-industrial World are on call 24/7 and they may even have to provide their own work space, benefits, etc…………

    Much of the focus of modern China governance is in fact driven by this collective nature that is the social soul of China. And.. if you actually walk the streets of China and talk with the people.. you will find that they simply do not view China as you do, nor as most Americans do…I can tell you that they are not unhappy, not isolated, and not deprived of western sources of “facts”. While they think and believe in a more collective manner as a society… they are not ostriches with their heads buried in some Communist sand pile.

    Response: insightful comments. To date, some folks STILL THINK the Western Hemisphere is STILL ANGMO Tua Kee. In Reality, they are NO LOONGER Tua Kee. They are HYPOCRITES and ACT like BULLIES! Period. Btw where are those black and white shirt rioters and TERRORISTS who caused massive damage to HK economy and properties. Living NOW in PROMISED luxurious and joyful life in USA, UK, Taiwan, etc?
    Imagine you are the Father(China) and your child(HK)was forcibly TAKEN away by those HYPOCRITES ANGMO from you in late 1800s and ONLY RIGHTFULLY RETURNED TO YOU in 1997! Graciously, the Father has given autonomous status for 50 YEARS to the LEGITIMATE child to adjust and adapt to his lifestyle. Lo and behold, midway into the 50 years of ASSIMILATION process, the Hidden Hands were able to ASSEMBLE the group of rioters and TERRORISTS to CAUSE EXTENSIVE damages to the Social and Economic structure of HK in the Holee and Noble AIM and NAME of ACHIEVING DEMOCRACY and even INDEPENDENCE for the HK folks! Hat off and salute MAJORITY of those Hongkees who didn’t BUY those ANGMO Tua Kee Craps and BS!

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  • Nathan:

    Disagree strongly. This is a real and direct threat to nations big or small. China leaders and their sheep aides are not scholars and academics. They rose through rank and file by stealth and cunning and use brute force if necessary. Ask the Hongkongers academics and scholars familiar with past and comtemporary studies of China history. They know the past Chinese leaders better than anyone in the world.

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  • Pckk:

    Ah yah,just remove greed from the dict.

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  • mike:

    Communism? Is actually a Frankenstein pretending to be Socialism, feeding on Capitalism and is actually a Fascism.

    The export of China’s Communism globally must be carefully managed and be watched by respective gov’s hawk eyes. Or else, the democracy that we know might be disappeared before we even realise.

    US, Australia and several Europe countries already close down or starting to close down plently Confucius Institutes which were funded by CCP.

    It was brought to my attention that recently a SG primary school newsletter which was funded using edusave, published a topic on celebration of China’s CCP 100 year anniversary.

    While it is good for general knowledge on what’s happening around the world, it would be interesting to know whether CCP was involved in this publication remotely.

    I am in the process of getting a hold on the newsletter to read what’s in it.

    But beware my naive SGrean, the export & infiltration of CCP’s agenda is REAL.

    While 50c online is a known phenomenon, if it had reached the shore of primary school in SG, i will be gravely concerned for where SG will be heading.

    Update just got hold on the above mentioned Primary School June 2021 Newsletters:

    Title: Birthday Celebration In China
    By Annabelle Liang

    The 2 full-page article was actually promoting China CCP, including reflecting responsibility of Mao in causing hardship.

    Three things happened in the article:
    1. Half truth
    2. Lies
    3. Undisclosed facts

    Perhaps it’s too much to ask for a two pages primary school newsletter to be able to reveal much on 100 years of CCP’s recorded and unrecorded doings.

    However, the loosely publication of such article is concerning if MOE turned a blind eye to it.

    Or perhaps our MOE is already infiltrated by CCP agenda?

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    mike:
    To quote my Chinese friend:

    “A violently established government will end violently, give raise to the next violently established government and establish the eternal cycle until a real people’s system is found.”

    I suppose that is what we see
    in the CCP today a people system to be PROUD of???..
    Unlike a system to be feared

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Nathan:
    Disagree strongly. This is a real and direct threat to nations big or small. China leaders and their sheep aides are not scholars and academics. They rose through rank and file by stealth and cunning and use brute force if necessary. Ask the Hongkongers academics and scholars familiar with past and comtemporary studies of China history. They know the past Chinese leaders better than anyone in the world.

    Corruption is omnipresent – the Chinese have theirs where the party elites get rich and join its’ rank and file. HK – where conglomerate moguls influence politics run by the academic bureaucrats. It seems like you can trade one for another but I don’t see how you escape – the rich prey on the rest even in India.

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  • BK:

    Technology enslaves? The proof of any such antediluvian confession lies in the eating. Are u using technology? Are u in fact upgrading your technology? U do it to enslave yourself? Or to liberate?

    Yes. Technology can be captured. But there is no human history without technological improvement.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Just as any motivation speech.

    After listening their people song that’s all.

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Nice take on it, perhaps the most popular inconvenient truth is how convenient it is to bamboozle increasingly lazy butts. Yes and don’t feel superior to people who enjoy elbowing others at the supermarket in order to pick out the freshest cauliflower. Your enemies, troll farms and “bots” are manipulating “social media” whose “algorithms” manipulate what you “think” (FEEL) and buy. You are here to have a human experience, not to avoid one.

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  • mike:

    Indeed.

    Ironically, when a number of Chinese are waking up, its our own SGrean that see otherwise.

    Perhaps like some had said in the past, those ‘migrated’ to Singapore and Malaysia more than a Century ago were mostly, peasants and workers – uneducated, naive but mostly kind people, among the lowest class in the society. And that continued in our DNA till today.

    Temusik Patriot: I suppose that is what we see
    in the CCP today a people system to be PROUD of???..
    Unlike a system to be feared

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  • 敏足拜累:

    语带双关以行汚辱也算博大精深?

    真肤浅!

    mike:
    受教了,经典!

    中文博大精深,微妙之极。

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  • @M I K E:

    Good laugh!

    敏足拜累:
    语带双关以行汚辱也算博大精深?

    真肤浅!

    mike:

    毛病不改,恶习难除: 毛病不改
    恶习难除

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  • @ Mike san:

    敢說敢言.

    忠于自己的信念.

    Very good.

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  • nathan chen:

    “The Chinese people will never allow foreign forces to bully, oppress or enslave us, whoever nurses delusions of doing that will crack their heads and spill blood on the Great Wall of steel built from the flesh and blood of 1.4 billion Chinese people”

    How do you explain this passage above in “cheng yu” in Chinese.

    This is nothing but rhetorical bravado from past and present leaders of the CCP.

    China’s President Xi Jinping is a very worried man at the Party’s Centennial celebration.

    Futile, yes, for Hong Kong and maybe Taiwan to stand up to the military might and 1.4 billion people of China.

    For the US and other Western democracies, combined or alone, up against China, it won’t be as easy as President Xi Jinping wants the Chinese people to believe.

    The 2021 recent border skirmishes between India and China shows up the Chinese Leadership unwillingness for any full scale or prolonged military engagement with nations bigger or equal in size and resolve to match China.

    Finally, you can’t blame the Americans entirely on what China is today. Common sense will tell you that.

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  • #06-187 Bor Leow Play Old Bird:

    Some people’s heads need to be cracked, then they know how goondu thay are. Like that old coot at #06-187. All he does is clutter the center of the common corridor with shoes.

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  • mike:

    对就是对,好就是要说好, 是吧?

    像我呢,中文不是很好,造句的话。。。 我只能造:

    毛(茅)厕里吃饭,习以为常(尝)!
    如果你说我这样造句好,我也无语了。 :DD

    是吧?

    敏足拜累:
    语带双关以行汚辱也算博大精深?

    真肤浅!

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  • Sjorne Shen:

    nathan chen: China’s President Xi Jinping is a very worried man at the Party’s Centennial celebration.

    Futile, yes, for Hong Kong and maybe Taiwan to stand up to the military might and 1.4 billion people of China.

    For the US and other Western democracies, combined or alone, up against China, it won’t be as easy as President Xi Jinping wants the Chinese people to believe.

    The 2021 recent border skirmishes between India and China shows up the Chinese Leadership unwillingness for any full scale or prolonged military engagement with nations bigger or equal in size and resolve to match China.

    Finally, you can’t blame the Americans entirely on what China is today. Common sense will tell you that.

    The mistakes that Xi Jinping makes are HIS problem. The mistakes the United States government makes are BIG world problem.

    The US political system is the single biggest obstacle, it changes its political direction 180 degrees every 8 years or so. Left to Right to Left to Right to Left to Right — ​pretty much endlessly. (The latest swing to the Right lasted only 4 years, but it took a miracle and will probably not be repeated). Then, every time this happens and the political direction changes, the new party that comes to power spends all its time working to undo the accomplishments of the previous party in power, while the previous party spends its time trying to ensure that the new party won’t succeed in accomplishing anything so they can declare it a failure and get back in power itself.

    Like it or not, China is here to stay. It is frankly too large to push around. Those pundits, including Brit, who expect the Cold War to play out again, with China disintegrating like the old Soviet Union? Sorry…the USSR never had an economy, while in contrast the Global Fortune 1000 see China as key to its collective growth.

    The last thing we need is a “moral” crusade against yet another foreign country in the name of “freedom.” I am not really concerned about China. Let the Chinese take care of China. I am concerned about the USA. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

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  • mike:

    IMO

    The mistakes XJP makes are not simply HIS problem. Country of such size like China, or India, even as small as Singapore which is strategically located, will not be limited impact on every decisions made.

    The mistakes the United States government makes are indeed Global problems.

    Rather than just systems, human is the largest variable factor. Systems are meant to be obstacles, to limit, to frame, to direct and as reference and guide when batches of human comes and goes.

    Swinging of politics left-right, right-left IS simply vibrations. It’s part of nature, whether it is leading towards the ‘Right’ or ‘Wrong’ directions are perspectives at that particular time period.

    Just like those worshipping MZD or XJP, there are others waiting to drinks their blood. What we can see are fightings both above and perhaps also below the viewable horizon for United States politics, fighting within CCP itself will be even more vigorous and if not, deadly, which we do not see, on-going beneath the surface.

    May be China will stay. May be not. While USA are more interested in $$$ than useless large pieces of lands, wrong move of China, chinese might need to start learning Russian. Like it or not, there is no certainty, nature is entropy man-made are part of negentropy.

    “Global Fortune 1000 see China as key to its collective growth”
    In long run the market always wins. Behind everything man-made are a bunch of people waiting to collect their next pay cheque. Millionaires in last century is a norm in this. We will see. If USA is successful in locking China to ownselves play ownselves, it might be play with itself happily or with its big brother Russia. A blocked China makes perfect sense to the benefit of Russia. USSR did not have an economy? Economy can neither be created nor destroyed, only be accelerated or decline. What goes up comes down, vice-versa.

    Human are dumb, naturally, bunch of atoms collectively attached to one another. Freedom & liberation, what are their differences? One will use it for crusade, the other for …. crusade. Ultimately the Chinese (not just Chinese) will take care of China, just like Americans will take care of America. A house of cards ultimately falls like a brick counterpart. The only difference is a loud bang or quitely fade into the history of time.

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  • BK:

    Without technology how would the human experience be in this pandemic? The confirmation bias cannot be explained away with the passe “inconvenient truth”, besides, any truth that is not your truth is awkwardly inconvenient.

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Isn’t this type of reference biased, or is it only okay for “awoke” observer to use such language? U have a way of framing a discussion in a way I truly wish I could. The parallels organisms (Covid?) that become to well defined molecular designs and processes like DNA and protein synthesis and energy generators in cells. Technology? lol

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Sjorne Shen: The mistakes that Xi Jinping makes are HIS problem. The mistakes the United States government makes are BIG world problem.

    The US political system is the single biggest obstacle, it changes its political direction 180 degrees every 8 years or so. Left to Right to Left to Right to Left to Right — ​pretty much endlessly. (The latest swing to the Right lasted only 4 years, but it took a miracle and will probably not be repeated). Then, every time this happens and the political direction changes, the new party that comes to power spends all its time working to undo the accomplishments of the previous party in power, while the previous party spends its time trying to ensure that the new party won’t succeed in accomplishing anything so they can declare it a failure and get back in power itself.

    Like it or not, China is here to stay. It is frankly too large to push around. Those pundits, including Brit, who expect the Cold War to play out again, with China disintegrating like the old Soviet Union? Sorry…the USSR never had an economy, while in contrast the Global Fortune 1000 see China as key to its collective growth.

    The last thing we need is a “moral” crusade against yet another foreign country in the name of “freedom.” I am not really concerned about China. Let the Chinese take care of China. I am concerned about the USA. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

    DITTO!!! Well said

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  • Sjorne Shen:

    @ Temusik Patriot

    I don’t know.. maybe I missed something. Xi Jinping mistakes could also be our problem :)

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Sjorne Shen:
    @ Temusik Patriot

    I don’t know.. maybe I missed something. Xi Jinping mistakes could also be our problem :)

    To err is human and forgiving is Divine,unless one errs on the side of EVIL n personal Glory & Gain…Lie Con You is the perfect latter eg

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  • BK:

    Well, if parallel organisms are too organic, perhaps u may want to consider the tandem and convergence of social media, delivery platforms, the multifaceted supply chains that keep the human experience on an even keel.

    It seems there is an Epicurean nature, and clearly the wisdom of the book of Ecclesiastes resonates, the utilitarian justification of modern China.

    But…..well another day then (:

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  • Pinky is useless anyway:

    The truth is many dumb people are short sighted.

    Dictators will be dictators, a benevolent one will treat its citizens well. But for how long???

    Old Lee passed on to Pinky and what happened?

    Today Xi another dictator, how long before he hand over to another one? Could be another China Pinky.

    The democracy system is not perfect but there is recourse, at worst 4 years before people go to the poll and vote their best man. Trump is out after 4 years, people can say they hated him and in 4 years he is voted out.

    But Pinky and Xi will be there till end of time!!! And no one will know if he hands over to another lousy dictator that may heap more miseries. We need a system to allow people to choose and have recourse. Dont keep moaning China policies good… if there is no recourse, it is luck you are talking and Xi maybe grooming next prodigal son or puppet to bring miseries like what Pinky is doing to us.

    If I am not wrong, the next dictator will be Cotton Chan.

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Your moral equivalency argument seems reasonable to me :) Carpe diem!

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  • Sjorne Shen:

    BK:
    It is said that feudalism is replaced by capitalism or communism, perhaps it is more accurate to say that feudalism adapted.

    “Technofeudalism Is Taking Over. Today, the global economy is powered by central bank money, not private profit. Meanwhile, value extraction shifted from markets onto digital platforms which operate like private fiefdoms or estates, not oligopolies..” Yanis Varoufakis.

    The move by China against Tech companies is couched in “corruption” terms. However, to me, it seems liked the physical fiefdom is acting against the virtual fiefdoms.

    Which fiefdom is more real can only be measured by where the power and money flow.

    The difference is that while the physical fiefdom is immovable, virtual fiefdoms ( will get more absorbing with AI and Virtual Reality ) can be multiplied, recreated, disavowed etc.

    Good morning, bro.
    Heavy stuffs above. Takes time to unpack. hahaha…

    The CCCP has long abandoned its pretense to be the vanguard of the working class in China, unless one defines that working class as being a minority who is very well off indeed. However, calling itself a communist party readily provides the ideological framework for an authoritarian rule of the self-selected few over the many, and can also capture at least some of the idealistic young people who often are the ones upset by the enormous differences between the few very rich and the many very poor.

    The inertia within the communist party’s hierarchical bureaucracy is a thorn in many entrepreneurs’ side who want more flexibility in order to be innovative. But they know that there’s little chance for an overhaul, because Chinese apparatchiks defend their party’s supremacy tooth and nail. Corporate leaders who ruffled the leadership’s feathers lost their positions. Given these circumstances, it remains to be seen whether Xi would succeed in making China the global leader in technology and science.

    Bottom-line, let’s not confuse capitalism/technology with freedom/democracy.Even the Chinese know unregulated capitalism can bring negative consequences. What Alibaba did violated the anti-monopoly law. In reality, what it was doing hindered free and fair competition of the online market, hurt the lawful rights of merchants and, as a result, caused damage to the interests of consumers.

    In the United States, corporate oligarchs can strangle the government in the bathtub whenever they want to. Just witness Purdue Pharma’s murder of half a million people and the subsequent pocketing of 13 billion in profits, leaving a shell company to be sued, under a favorable judge of the Sackler’s choosing. Or the executive bonuses paid out of the 2008 bailout to AIG. Dark money. Super PACs(Political action committees, groups organized to elect or defeat political candidates). I could go on.

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  • BK:

    Good morning sir @ Sjorne Shen,

    Not disputing bro. But this anti monopoly drive is taken within a context of ever growing encroachment by the govt. The inroads into private companies and the bigger pie for State companies seems to be a significant departure from Deng’s.

    The wealth is unleashed by the Chinese derring do, Adam Smith’s invisible hand. But the govt is increasingly the regulator for investments, laws and management of the economy more akin to central planning.

    The militarization of the South China Sea, the wolf warrior narrative, there is this gradual built up, are all these coincidences, or all roads point to the capture of Taiwan?

    The US and EU , and especially the latter will go into relative decline. Xi may seize his opportunity to outsize his legacy.

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  • Pinky is useless anyway:

    Jack Ma was forced to step down at Alibaba to be its chairman… by you know who. He was forced to sign his company to 2 mysterious men from …. you know la.

    Of course Jack is not stepping down willing, he believes he can bypass the system. So he came out with another idea to beat the system using Ant.

    Ant is online loan app, which means if it is successful, it will bypass most of the state banks which are owned by CCP and its powerful families.

    Get it….. Chinese politics isnt different anywhere, its all linked back to fundamental interest, even in Singapore.

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  • BK:

    Shenkoji Buchikonya:
    Your moral equivalency argument seems reasonable to me :) Carpe diem!

    No offense dude. We will disagree, but enjoyed your wit and clarity. Thank u.

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. Definitely an experience filled with a lot of smiling once certain arguments made sense. Thank you!

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  • Bbc:

    mike:
    To quote my Chinese friend:

    “A violently established government will end violently, give raise to the next violently established government and establish the eternal cycle until a real people’s system is found.”

    I think it is not a valid observation. Whether a government is established violently is not always upto anyone to dictate.

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  • mike:

    For example, please?

    Bbc: I think it is not a valid observation. Whether a government is established violently is not always upto anyone to dictate.

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