posted on Aug, 28 2005 @ 09:15 AM
As confident as I am that this will be moved from this forum, I shall not discuss the implications of China in terms of the NWO but shall, rather,
answer your question.
uouo21, I am not American, I am Australian, so my take on China may differ from those of our American cousins. China is Australia's neighbour and
close trading partner and most Australians are happy with the relationship between our two countries.
There are certainly issues that we disagree on, but that is part of what neighbours do from time to time. China's human rights record is appalling
and is probably the major issue of contention between Australia and China. Many Australians are also concerned with China's growing military and
influence (or desire for influence) with Asia. I am not at all worried about Chinese aggression towards us - that is simply ludicrous. But many
Australians feel that China could do a better job of reassuring its close neighbours, like Australia, that it has no plans for future hostility,
expansion or aggression. To use your own example, you made a point of pointing out how powerful Chinese culture is. Maybe you are just proud of your
nation, but statements such as this cause many Australians to wonder at your motives.
On a personal level, I have met many Chinese students at the school where I teach and have found them to be pleasant, intelligent and possessing of
both humility and integrity. Australians are fairly welcoming of different cultures and many Australians wish to see the ties between our two nations
strengthened. We are, however, put in a uniquely precarious position concerning Taiwan. China claims that Taiwan is part of China, a position
supported by the Australian government. But America has pledged to defend Taiwan if hostilities break out between itself and China and Australia is a
military ally of the United States. We would not automatically go to war, but if China were the instigator, it would be difficult to keep Australia
out of the battle in some form.
I would love to visit China some day, but Australia is pretty isolated down here and it is expensive to travel overseas. Australia and China may never
see eye to eye on certain issues, but that's okay. Friends are allowed to have different opinions. And after all, whatever our governments may do or
say, I personally have nothing against the average Chinese citizen and have found those I have met to be lovely people.
I hope this gives you an idea of what Australians in general think of China and its people.