Sometimes I feel that you can not reason with people who only understand the language of violence. If they refuse to reason, you just have to give up.
In fact, the Wolf of Zhongshan was willing to reason and was killed as a result. That maybe why some people are not willing to reason any more. However, the story of the Wolf of Zhongshan was meant to tell us that some people are evil and their evil nature can not be changed.
China today wants to use Zheng He to prove that China deserves whatever China is claiming. But Zheng He did not claim any of the land he had been to. The purpose of his voyages was not to claim lands but to trade and exchange. Zheng He was not serving a capitalist country. China in his days was not looking for resources or markets. It would be an insult to the memory of Zheng He to say that his voyages helped China make land claims.
The days when capitalist countries went around the world looking for lands to claim have long passed. Most of the lands claimed back then have been either returned or developed into new independent countries. What China has been doing in the South China Sea is not developing but extracting resources which can even be harmful to the South China Sea (see The Environmental Impact of Oil Drilling on eHow.com). (The same thing can be said about some of the activities by Vietnam and some other ASEAN countries in the South China Sea.) Off shore oil drilling hurts the sea environment. Fishing of endangered species is also harmful.
It is often said that if you sacrifice freedom for security, you will end up having neither. I would say, if you sacrifice dignity for economic interest, you will also end up having neither.
I guess military coercion is for those who would sacrifice freedom for security, while economic coercion is for those who would sacrifice dignity for economic interest. Not many countries would accept military coercion. But there seem to be quite many countries that would accept economic coercion. Is it because military coercion is visible to the eyes, while economic coercion is not?
When the US saw China as a potential ally in her fight against the Soviet Union, the US stopped supporting South Vietnam in her fight against China. As a result, China was able to hold on to an island in the South China Sea that she seized from South Vietnam, the island that is now giving China a basis to claim a disputed area as hers. Of course, the US has done far more than that to help China help the US fight the Soviet Union.
Now the US is seeing China as a threat and China is teaming up with Russia, which the US also sees as a threat.
If you make your decisions concerning who you give your support to or who you fight against based on who you think are your enemies and who you think are your friends at the moment, you may regret it one day.
Always stick with doing what is fair for everyone. And always fight for fairness for everyone. Do not wait until you are unfairly treated to ask for help from others. An unfair world hurts everyone, including the ones who are taking advantage of others. A world in which only some get their ways can not prosper.
Why are there so many disputes among Asian nations? Is it because Asians have less respect for other Asians? Is it because Asians are discriminated against, even more so by other Asians?
When two people are about to enter the same door, one would extend one of his hands to suggest to the other that he can go first. Why is it so hard for Asians to do this for other Asians? Are two Asians willing to blow each other up for every little thing they both want?
If any of the Asian countries that are in any territorial dispute with another Asian country has respect for the other party in a dispute, she would stop doing anything that would make the other party feel being disrespected. That is all that is needed to prevent a dispute from being escalated.
(In the even that they can not just forget about a dispute, as in the case where a disputed area needs to be developed and can not be jointly developed, they should take the dispute to a court. Going to war with each other over a dispute is not a civilized way to handle a dispute. Going to court is not the same as going to war, although some Asians do see going to court the same as going to war as they can not stop at simply having a difference of opinions.)
The Chinese people should be very proud of the civilization their ancestors have created. It is a huge contribution to the world. And we have not even fully recognized how big a contribution it is, as the values of many things the Chinese have created have yet to be discovered.
However, somehow, the Chinese have lost their pride. They feel such a great need to prove that they are actually not inferior, that they can be as wealthy, powerful, and militarily strong as everyone else.
Not everything can be bought, and not every problem has a military solution (I agree with Obama on this one). Your contribution to the world is not measured by the amount of wealth you are able to accumulate. Your pride is in what you have contributed to the world, not how big a share of the world’s wealth you are able to secure.
Just because other people do not know what is good about what the Chinese have created does not mean that the Chinese should forget about what they have and try to measure themselves up against other people’s standards.
In keeping with the thousands of years of Chinese tradition of providing solutions to all kinds of problems the human race has faced, China should continue working on finding solutions to new problems the human race is facing, rather than try to prove that China is superior and deserves more.
When you have been wronged, the last thing you want to do is to get physical with the ones who have wronged you, that is, to take matters into your own hands, which is unwise and illegal. You will not get anything more by getting physical than by going to court, only less, not to mention that you may get hurt or get killed when you get physical. Even if you do win in a physical fight, you will not be able to convince anyone by simply winning the fight, that the one who lost in the fight was wrong. Whether a person is righteous has nothing to do with whether he or she can win in a physical fight.
In the dispute with China, Vietnam should refrain from getting into a physical confrontation with China even though China is wrong and illegal to drill in a disputed area. A physical confrontation with China will not be able to help Vietnam in any way when the case goes to court.
When an area is in dispute, no country should act like she is the rightful owner of the area. China is wrong to drill in a disputed area. Vietnam is also wrong to fish there or unilaterally try to stop China from drilling there. Both China and Vietnam should wait for a judgement made by an international court before conducting any unilateral commercial or law enforcement activity in the disputed area. Unilateral actions are provocative. China and Vietnam will just keep provoking each other with their unilateral actions. The insistence by each side on their ownership of the area is provoking the other side to do the same. As a result, neither can refrain from provoking the other.
If the case goes to court and Vietnam wins and the disputed area is legally Vietnamese territory, China will lose all the profits from the drilling and will have to pay Vietnam for the losses from China’s activities in the disputed area. So I do not see why Vietnam has to try to stop China from drilling there before taking the case to court.
If there is no such court yet, we should all work on setting up such a court. Every country needs a court. The world needs a court, too.
The belligerent China you see today is not the China with thousands of years of civilization. China has been ruled by “northern barbarians” (if I may use this phrase the same way they use the phrase “southern barbarians” to refer to people from southern China and Vietnam) for the last few hundred years. They were not the people who created the Chinese civilization. They conquered China and became the rulers of China. Like Western rulers and perhaps all other rulers, they are more greedy and less creative . And they look down on creative people because creative people are usually not as wealthy. They value wealth more than creativity. They have not learned the core values in the Chinese culture, yet.
Xi Jin Ping is only partially correct to say that China is peaceful and that “there’s no gene for invasion in Chinese people’s blood”. (I am just quoting. I do not think there is any gene for invasion. How to handle things is a cultural thing, not a genetic thing, although northern people are generally more energetic and so more aggressive than southern people.) Not all Chinese are aggressive and unreasonable, only some. But they are the ones who are at least dominating the Chinese media and the Internet forums right now. And as we have found out in the past, what is said repeatedly in the media is what guide people’s actions. That’s is why China is aggressive rather than peaceful as some Chinese would hope or as the Chinese leadership is insisting.
One thing the Chinese on various Internet forums like to do is to insult Vietnam and Vietnamese, anyway they can, to the point that they are insulting themselves while trying to insult Vietnam.
One of the insults they have repeatedly tried to throw at Vietnam is that Vietnam forgot the fact that China had helped Vietnam to drive the Americans out of Vietnam. What they themselves forget is why China helped Vietnam to drive Americans out of Vietnam in the first place. Even now, China still does not hope to see Americans back in Vietnam.
Another insult they try to throw at Vietnam is that Vietnam is now letting Americans back in after having fought so hard to drive them out. Is China off limit to Americans now? China has shaken hands with the Americans since 1972. China has received huge amount of investment and is still hoping to receive huge amount of investment from the US. Why is it a shame for Vietnam to have any relationship with the US?
The Chinese on the Internet are like insult generators which are throwing insults non-stop. There is not much that they can contribute to a debate. What is worse, they generate a lot of ill wills toward China by throwing insults at other people. Is it what the Chinese have been trying to build their country up for – so they can insult other people? I guess the Chinese have been feeling greatly humiliated by some people and have been trying hard to improve their status so they can humiliate other people to gain some sort of psychological balance.
Some people think that it was good for Edward Snowden to have revealed US government’s spying on American citizens, but not good for him to have revealed US government’s spying on other governments and people.
It really depends on whether you think America should be leading the world or controlling the world. Spying is a way to control, not a way to lead.
I think Edward Snowden might have leaked everything simply out of his intense dislike of what the US government has done, both to American citizens and to other governments and people. But his revelation of the US government’s spying on other governments and people has put a break on the US government’s efforts to control the world. If the US government gets the right message from Snowden’s leaks, it can be reborn. When people are reborn, they stop doing the wrong things and start doing Godly things. It will be the same with a government.