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The continuum From Zhou Enlai to the Anti-Secession Law
No mortal in Chinese history drew more spontaneous admiration in life than Premier Zhou did when he announced the Four Modernizations at the Fourth People's Congress in January, 1975. By that time, everyone in China knew Zhou wasn't doing too swell but no one suspected prostate cancer except those amongst his immediate entourage.|
Needless to say, the news of his death came like a thunderbolt to the nation which was getting mightily sick and tired of the pseudo-revolutionary leftist policies of the Gang of Four and was hoping that the Premier could stabilize the situation for a few more years in order to let a more dependable crop of leaders to fill his shoes.
For this reason no mortal in Chinese history elicited more stupendous anguish in death than Premier Zhou Enlai did when he passed away on January 8, 1976.
That tsunami-like emotional force surrounding his death has been translated and sublimated into what China is today -- a prosperous, stable land which flourishes in a way enviably commensurate with her resplendent civilization, and respected in all seven continents affecting even the Antarctic penguins with the nation's increasingly daring expeditions which are themselves reflective of her prospectively optimistic Weltanchauung.
Our perception of the premier was that he was like Zhu Geliang, an extremely capable but self-effacing, kind but sturdy, principled but flexible man of the highest moral caliber.
Yes, we have had an entire generation of leaders who in their own right could be considered great men, working hand-in-glove to bring China to where she is today under THE GREAT MAN.
Shan Huang is certainly right to include Zhu De in the first generation and I would also add Liu Shoo-in to the list.
A statesman should not be adjudged by how he ended up in a political struggle, but by how much he had contributed to our nation's revival.
The reason as to why suddenly there was a generation of such distinguished men in China's desperate hour of need is very simple.
It involved the noblest of all human emotions -- altruistic love for the larger group that we now call a nation, an emotion that has transcended all other noblish sentiments and borne witness to the vitality of the people.
It was the evolutionary factor in natural selection that enabled our ancestors to survive the elements when the environment was intolerably harsher through their acts of self-sacrifice -- like that story we all learned as kids about the boy who used his bodily warmth to melt surface ice in a pond in order to fetch some fish ordered by the house physician to save his ailing mother.
At that time the most important emotional quality in the Chinese nation was "Xiao" or honoring one's parents.
Since then the TOP priority in emotional loyalty had been given to honoring the motherland, but this emotion is different from what Westerners call "nationalism" because there is no jubilation involved as in the case of Western European contention for territorial conquests in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries.
It was simply an emotion promulgated to ensure the survival of our nation.
Again, this was due to the unspeakable traumatic misery in our nation's pre-liberation history, when we were literally the proverbial fish on the chopping board.
Yes, China's plight in the 160 years before liberation in 1949 was unique in her long history. From the top of the class amongst the family of nations in terms of national achievement she had been reduced to total irrelevance as a mere geographical expression.
The image of begging children in rags was the pervasive one that was so heart-rending as to induce tears from every self-respecting Chinese man and woman.
After the battle at Weihai with Japan in 1894 when the few iron-clad battleships bought from Germany couldn't withstand the onslaught of the naval forces of little Japan -- which most Chinese regarded as an upstart nation in those days -- the very survival of our nation became a questionable prospect.
Henceforth the nation's plight aroused the deepest emotions of a generation of capable men and women to fight for China, and what you see in China today is the result of that arduous struggle.
Such a struggle entailed institutional changes radically transforming the outlook of its people in body and soul, and as such China became an inimitable entity whose policies responsible for her rapid growth could not simply be duplicated wholesale and transplanted to lands without such historical experience and hope that results would be comparable.
According to the dialectical theory of yin-yang wuxin, when there's good there's bound to be bad in any situation.
At a time when you see great men leading us towards prosperity you also see lowest-of-the-lowlife Hanjians embodied by the Lee-Chen-Lu clique in Taiwan (see my post on "aradoxical Hanjianism and Democratic Internationalism" in World Conflict Forum) who at a time of the motherland's prosperity and fast economic growth would want to drag us all down with them in a civil war!
As is shown by the Anti-Secession Law, a consensus has now been reached amongst the core of the Chinese people and their leadership that Taidu can no longer be given a free rein to develop into something more malignant.
It is no longer a bud that awaits nipping. It is a tumor that mandates excising bigtime.
I have a suspicion that the Japanese still look down upon us because we have had a string of military defeats at their hands since 1894, and that they believe the atomic bombs, and not the Chinese people with their eight years of arduous resistance, defeated them in WWII.
The Japanese militarists are therefore itching for a re-match to prove that they are still the master nation in East Asia.
The coming Strait War will allow all these historically entangled emotions to be purged once for all. Of course it is wasteful but under the circumstances it will be necessary. Earthquakes and tsunamis are terrible too but the human race continues to thrive despite these losses. Wars and conflicts will continue to exist whether we like it or not, but the opportunity to give history a facelift in the form of a righteous war will definitely help to rejuvenate a nation in the danger of drifting into the complacency of hedonism.
It is my firm conviction that without a decisive MILITARY victory over the Japanese, who as instigators (as evidenced by the Lee visa) are part and parcel of the Taidu movement, we shall never have them come to accept us as equal partners no matter how willing we are to be forgiving and friendly towards them.
As I had mentioned previously, the question is not whether we have the magnanimity to forgive them, but whether they want to be forgiven at all. To accept forgiveness means that they are acknowledging their need to be forgiven in the first place and that in turn would mean they would be held accountable morally for their sins and responsibility in the last war.
This would have been a no-brainer conclusion in a normal situation, but here we are dealing with a narrow-minded island people who had traditionally played the role of being the aggressor in Sino-Japanese interactions since the Ming Dynasty.
To live peacefully with the Japanese for centuries to come, it is necessary to give them the satisfaction they want in a war.
Otherwise there will always be this gnawing feeling in the back of their minds that somehow things could have been different, especially now that they have lined up America to be their strategic partners readying themselves for that Final Fantasy.
Who are we to deny them this great opportunity to test us in a cross-strait war?
When there is too much dust in the room, it needs to be mopped whether one likes it or not.
Interestingly, that's Rule Number One in housekeeping as well as in China's re-unification gambit.
And so everything is ready and we are willing ourselves towards making a decisive resolution of the Taidu problem, which has had a Japanese imprint all over it from start to finish.
We are only waiting for the East Wind as is defined by the conditions set down in the Anti-Secession Act to be passed by the full session of our People's Congress in March, 2005..