posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 10:51 AM
I'm pretty new to this forum. I have been following this thread for days.
This war-between-China-and-US assumption really made me sick. I was born in China and live in the US currently. I love both countries. If you ever ask
my opinion, I'll say no war for ever between these two countries.
When we talk about a war between these two great countries, we should always ask ourselves several questions at first.
Do we have to have a war among us?
Is it possible to avoid such a war?
Is a war between these two manageable?
Who gonna benefit from a war like that?
A war among countries can be caused by many different reasons. Among those, the most formidable is the final break out of mutual hostility. In this
scenario, the whole populations on both sides are very easily got mobilized into a fierce, uncontrollable disaster. A hostile attitude normally starts
from misconception and distrust. So, for those of us have chances to contact each other in both sides share the responsibility to promote
understanding and trust. Any patriotisms, nationalism, or rudeness and arrogance will do nothing but damage. Let’s put our vision longer into the
future and wider to the whole world. As two great countries, the US - the only super power and China - one of the most influential countries in the
third world really do not need to be foe to each other. If we can work out most of the difference among us and come to a common ground, the human
being will be blessed for generations to come. So, folks, let don’t talk about war between us, let talk about how to MAKE friend to each other. Nobody
in this world is born to be a friend to anyone else. You have to pay attention or effort to make friends.
As to the relationship between the US and China, let’s make a simplified analogy. Say, two persons who have different background, do not know each
other very much and have to come under the same roof. One of them is rich and strong (that will be the US), and another is relatively poor and less
strong (that will be China). What do you think their likely attitudes toward each other? Normally, the poorer and weaker would adore, respect, or
even envy the rich and strong if he were not bullied over. He will try to avoid any conflict as he can. He would try to follow the foot steps of the
adorable to make himself adorable. Very naturally, he would try to be a friend. Even he may have a history with the other one and show some pride and
stubbornness, he would still want to be a friend psychologically. That is exactly the attitude of China toward the US now. That why you have been
seeing a lot of concepts and ideas similar to those in the US become more popular in China from life style to business management, etc. Certainly the
political arena acts differently. Then the relation between these two guys is really depends on the attitude of the big guy. Therefore, the key of
friendship between China and the US lies in the hands of the US.
However, the US is not in the position ready to take China as a friend now. Why? Many reasons, some are historical and misunderstanding; some are just
ego. I will not talk about the ego part. Let me just otter some thoughts on the unnecessary misconception and distrust.
1). The remaining pain from the forgotten Karen War. It is especially true to the US. It was the first time that US did not win a war in pure military
regard while facing a far more inferior force in terms of weaponry. The pain is deep and fundamental. The forgotten war is actually unforgettable. It
makes the US always realize that China is there and could be a potential enemy. Even though, they don’t feel any imminent threat from it. On the other
hand, China will more likely take that war with easy. Why? It was this war that really built up the confidence of China as a country just stood up
from the ashes of WWII and from over 100 years’ humiliation, although China was actually dragged into that war. It benefited China from many aspects
in the following years. It is not difficult to understand that a beneficiary will more easily put the war behind it and move forward.
2). Ideology difference or incompatibility of the two political systems. Still the odds is in the hands of US. You see lots of criticism in the States
about China’s almost every aspect of political life, such as human right, dictatorship, anti-democracy, anti-freedom … you name it. The political
image of China has been painted totally negative. It is simply the dark side of the world to many Americans. As a matter of fact, there are still lots
sunny sides. Otherwise, it won’t be able to stand there for more than fifty years. It got to have some reasons for its existence. On the other hands,
if you search all Chinese media, you normally don’t find any fundamental criticism toward the US political system nowadays. That tells you the overall
attitude of China towards the political system of the US. It is a meta language telling your that “we accept your ideology, at least we don’t against
it.” You may find a lot of introspection type of criticism, instead. I depicted two different mindsets here. One says: “I am the best. If you are not
the same as me, you are bad, you are the evil.” The other one says: “I am not perfect, but I am going to improve.” China now is quite open to all
different ideologies, ideas, thought, concepts, more than ever. The history of our human civilization is merely several thousand years. It just like a
blink of eye comparing to the age of human race, not even mention to the age of the earth. How dare dose one assume any political system will be the
ultimate system for all the human beings just right now. Who knows which system will finally evolve into a perfect one? The evolution of any political
or value system should be allowed to move on naturally. Probably, all the value system will finally come to the same destination no matter where it
started. So, we really need to take the ideological issue with some easy. But interaction between different value/political system is definitively a
plus. If the US really wants to affect the evolvement of China’s political system, it should change the overall unfriendly attitude, try to become a
friend first. Would you take an advice from a foe or a friend? It is very obvious. Engagement is the right policy not containment. To me, the US dose
have the best political system in human history so far, but now is move toward a wrong direction. China’s political system is inferior but moving
toward a right direction now, even though the pace is slow.
Talking about war, if the motivation for the US to engage in a war is to spread or protect democracy. Let me tell you what is the most powerful weapon
in the US arsenal: DEMOCRACY, real democracy. Not embargo, not containment, definitely not war. What makes the US the #1 country on this planet in
last 100 years? An open society, democracy and the ability of introspection. After the collapse of the former Soviet Union, as the only super power,
the US once had the chance to become the great leader who leads the human being to the next level of civilization. The United States is the only
country that had that ability and qualified to assume the great responsibility of leadership. If the US will not take that, who will? But 911 changed
all the political landscape. It is a tragedy in terms of loss of lives. But it was also a chance for the US to unite more countries under the its
leadership. Unfortunately, it was not handled in the best way. Now, you all know the results. Do you think the US will be able to take the great
responsibility of leadership now? It is still possible, but will be extremely difficult. That is a huge loss to the US, to the world, to every one. If
you ask me whether we have won the war against terrorism, I will tell you that we loss. We loss big time. We loss strategically. The handful terrorist
just reset the direction of US democracy, depleted almost all the political resources that was accumulated in the past 60 years by the United States,
and retarded the progress of human civilization. So you tell me, who is the winner, who is the loser.
It seems I am wandering from the subject. I am just trying to say that war is always the worst solution. We had enough war in the last century. We do
NOT need any more. We should have learned our lessons. We should be smart enough and wise enough to prevent that from happening. You know what? In
this universe, if we feel lonely, we should cherish each others. If we don’t feel lonely, we should love each others.
Sorry for the lengthy message. Thank you for your time.