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In my opinion, to draw a conclusion is still too early.|
Asian nations influenced by Chinese civilization were due to the advance of China. China did not rule Japan or Korea. Compare with the ex-colonies of Western nations, they were having more freedom. Chinese civilization was only a teacher to them, and not the master.
Western countries established colonies, and rule over the local people. Aborigines were massacred and some local groups even completely erased. Those survived were converted to accept the ruler’s civilization. I would like to point out, religion plays a very important role in this conversion.
Needless to said, a student is free to learn from the advance, and slave is forced to learn from the master. Unfortunately Chinese civilization was at her lowest point and not matched with the westerner during the past two hundred years. It is reasonable for the students to turn to someone more superior.
Then China was invaded, isolated, and been described as a Communist monster. These facts are still casting negative shadow nowadays to Chinese relationship with others.
I do not mean Chinese civilization has nothing wrong. Since we lost the Opium War, Chinese are thinking hard what actually gone wrong, and struggled to find the way for future. Reformist in Qing Dynasty, Revolutionist under Dr. Sun, Suggestion for total westernization in 1921, Communist revolution, renmingongshe, and Deng’s theory…
Ones medicine is the others poison, we should not jump to conclusion that Chinese should follow the western style. In fact, this was tried in the past and proved not working. I have a strong belief, we Chinese, being the largest population in the world and survived thousand years of civilization, is capable to develop a way suitable for our civilization and bring our civilization to a new height over the ancestor.
We were teacher to Japan and Korea for a thousand years already, and it is not surprising for the students to find it enough and learn new things from others. On the other hand, the Judaic-Graec-Roman traditions over the ex-colonies is only some two hundred years in effect. I am not here to defend for Chinese civilization, the important point is, if we just try to learn from others without developing something truly Chinese, that it will be the true end of Chinese civilization.