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This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-8-26 16:21|
The best example of the challenges facing China is that of a skilled tightrope walker, who still has some distance to go before reaching the end of the line.
The many challenges facing China are like his arms and legs, and his body, that he must balance perfectly, or face the consequence of falling. With industrialization, infrastructure development, manpower development, military development, currency stabilization, etc., China has now in his hands a very long pole that he can use to balance himself on the rope, such that a slight tilt of his body to one side has only a minimal effect on his position on the top of the rope. But regardless of how long the pole he has, he must make sure his foot has a firm grip on the rope (要脚踏实地，摸石过河). And regardless of how much reserve to maintain balance with the pole, he must never over-reach to either side (走中庸之道， 物极必反). And finally, no matter how good a grip his feet have on the rope, and no matter how well balanced he is by handling the pole skillfully, he must move forward because his forward momentum adds another degree of stability to his journey, while his inertia subjects him to random forces that can throw him off balance, such as a gust of wind swaying the rope, such as a coughing spell or sneeze, such as a rain falling on him and the rope (要稳步前进， 不进则退).
Walking a tightrope, even for an expert, requires discipline to follow rules that ensure safety and guarantee success. It is the lapse of concentration that unmakes a great performance, and could even cause a tragedy. No matter how successful China is or will become, she should never forget, she is just a tightrope walker with a great burden of responsibility and power that must always be kept grounded in reality, balanced in aim, and moving forward in direction.