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If you look carefully at what the four professors in the Mike Pence thread at the TTCD forum are saying and what CD's "columnist" with his picture at the front is saying, it is all geared towards win-win considerations, which is exactly the opposite of what the Americans want -- unilateralism means they would never accept the Chinese nation as an equal, and they have this 'over-my-dead-body' determination to keep these Native-American lookalikes down. |
The difference between the Sino-U.S. conflict this time and the ones Thucydides was referring to about the Peloponnesian War was that the wars between Athens and Sparta had no racial component in it and whoever wins the war became the reigning power uncontested, while Americans in the inland regions between the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts think of Chinese as the New Native-Americans whom they had forcibly evicted from their homelands and then physically exterminated in the years since the first Thanksgiving Day (a mocking fact because it was supposed to thank the Indians who saved the early settlers when the latter nearly starved to death in the early days of their immigration to the Atlantic shores).
Not fully understanding such psychographics of white Americans in their Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism narratives, our leading academicians or even governmental advisors do not understand why America won't accept our sincere pleas for a win-win outcome in our bilateral relationship, and that's why our policies today are failing.
Having scrutinized historical events leading to the present from both Western and Native Peoples' perspectives and traveled the globe, I can tell you that Americans aren't going to take Chinese as equals no matter what they say in academic or diplomatic circles. Search for the film "The Only Good Indian...(is a dead Indian)" excluding the words in parenthesis, and you will begin to understand their mentality better.
American politics is divided into two parties -- Democrats and Republicans -- but their stand towards China is largely consensual no matter what you hear in the back alleys. The Chinese political structure is undivided -- we have only one Party in its vaunted role as the historical savior of our people. That's why we all support the CCP. But the single Party is always divided into the Revolutionaries and the Counter-Revolutionaries -- the magic wand to see who's who in that lineup is that those in the latter group are the ones being incarcerated.
The only ones we need to watch out for are the likes of Donald Trump, who ceaselessly heaped high praise on our leaders and talked about alleged 'personal friendships' while simultaneously pushing a dagger into their collective chest.
The Meng case is not just about a Chinese woman transiting through Canada to reach Mexico to attend an important business meeting.
It is about the way the whole world looks at China.
If China can't even protect her own citizens while traveling abroad, why should African nations and others hitherto attracted to our cause by the OBOR Initiative believe that they should support her from the bottom of their hearts, and not just reap the economic benefits first before cancelling their debts to her later? A nation that cannot protect its own VIP citizens as in the case of Meng, let alone its ordinary citizens, will never garner any true respect from the global audience.
We should protect our interests with steadfastness and confidence. If we are always timid and afraid of going into battle with our DF-21Ds because of our lack of military experience, then we are destined to be confronted with the real war once they have sized up our side and believe that they don't need to fear any reprisals from us, just like in the case of Hitler before WWII when his armies marched into the Rhineland in 1936 and nobody in France or England raised a finger in protest, ultimately leading to the actual large-scale German invasion into Poland at 4:45 a.m. on September 1, 1939.