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Which must come first - food or freedom?|
A free man can die of hunger. A fed man can work progressively to be free. So food before freedom.
China's population is, say, four times the US'. She has many millions yet to be lifted up from poverty. That poverty eradication is central to President Xi's agenda bespeaks him as global statesman. That diminishing China is central to President Trump's agenda bespeaks him as global mischief-maker and disparity creator.
When state policies are directed to national stability in order to create a climate of progress and reduction of risk, more jobs can be created so that the poor will be gainfully employed. Not only in China herself but also across the globe, China has been doing her best to help lift up the poor of the world left in the abyss of western colonial exploitation of the past from which those countries are still trying to unshackle.
In that regard of prioritizing the help-out of all, China is already exhibiting the first remit of true democracy - caring for the development of individuals so that they can progress to their nextstage of development.
That all this is being done by a meritocratic body called the CPC does not in any way denigrate its capability and character so one fails to see why so many of the west - which has only prosecuted wars and crimes onto the poor of the world - should think the CPC is something they should hate with virulence and be used as the excuse and license to malign China, her government and her peoples.
Next, hook all the above as the backdrop on manufacturing. China's vast population and domestic market means global economies-of-scale - for manufacturing, marketing, sales and services. Add her modern infrastructure, huge talent pool, clear national programs and central systems - and you have the best bet for a better and more progressive future for one which is an emerging economy.
The US, on the other hand, is already an advanced economy. This means the wages of its workers will always exceed those in emerging economies. Therefore in no way can it compete its products on price against those from those economies unless it can increase its worker productivity manifold over theirs.
Soon enough, automation will render such a target superfluous.
Which must mean all countries - whether advanced or emerging - will have to cooperate to build stronger markets in which trade wars, for that matter trade blocs, will become redundant and counterproductive.
The US hardliner mindset is that if the US doesn't counter countries like China, then they will dominate the US in some macabre orwellian way.
Since trade, technology, currency, physical and hybrid wars all don't and won't work, what then should the only solution be that will avoid the ruin of decoupling? Logically, it has to be recoupling.
In trying to decouple the US from China, Trump is digging his own deeper hole. Many of his own citizens have already suggested giving him a shovel if not an excavator.
Instead of counterproductive approaches, countries should hold both hands together with another. Then what was one-hand handshakes before will now become both hands shaking the other pair . It's important 'cos you can't reach for a gun, then.
There's a flick on Netflix called American Factory. It portrays how a Chinese investor has revived a GM factory in the US, helping American workers out of work to get back their livelihoods, making life-long friends across two cultures in the process.
Last one checked, GM automobiles are not national security threats. Neither are Nike air-sole sports shoes or metro rail-car carriages, for that matter China 5G network equipment populated by US chips and cybersecurity software.
And that's how the US can get more rust-belt jobs and better infrastructure. By treating all of China as strategic partner and friend, not ideological enemy, existential threat, what not.
If not this solution, suggest another - now, next year, next century...
Just note a couple of things. When Nasa blocked China's participation, she built her own space program. When Germany blocked China's participation in the comet probe project, she landed a probe on the dark side of the moon.
And she has superb talents for agriculture including solar energy and climate control. Both are now intertwined and as the world's population grows, the matter will become a global concern.
To feed the world, we have to grow 10,000 years' worth of food in the next 30 years, which means farmers worldwide must increase food production by 60 to 70 percent.
How the hell can that be done without climate control if plants need good climate? By buying Greenland, eh?
(And i am handsomer than the other mark wu in harvard).