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Does a small country have to have a “protector”?

by on Jun.17, 2014, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs

A lot of Chinese are trying to convince the Vietnamese that unless Vietnam has Russia or the US as her protector, she will not be able to fight against China, that having the US as her protector will be bad for Vietnam given the past and present relationships between Vietnam and the US, and that Russia will not come to Vietnam’s defense any more.

But Vietnam did not have a protector for the roughly one thousand years when China tried to conquer Vietnam, and yet China failed to conquer Vietnam. So why does Vietnam need to have a protector now?

I wonder why China’s education in humanities and social sciences is so behind that the Chinese are now still holding all these ancient believes concerning how the world should operate.

The world has come up with so many new mechanisms to deal with all kinds of social problems and conflicts, including setting up international bodies such as the UN. And yet, the Chinese are still handling things with a very old mindset. I guess as long as they continue to move up in the rankings on many fronts, they do not find the need to update their knowledge in how to handle things in the world, yet.

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