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Reply: John Mak of Asiawind: Re. The fear of China
I agree John Mak's post pretty much. |
I can feel the fear of China from personal contact, internet, and books. It is interesting to see where their fear come from.
I had asked the question to a friend of mine, who is an American and we have many years of friendship so he wouldn't lie to me. He answered me -- of course we have the fear of China! you have the huge population, smart people and work hard. how much resources we can share to support a good life for so many people?
I am not sure how typical this opinion is, I guess this is at least one of the typicals in western countries. I have noticed an interesting phenomenon that many Americans, Canadians, Australians, they look down Chinese very much, but they do afraid of Chinese when they know who the Chinese really are. Th conflict feeling tells me that they have the fear of China/Chinese when they realize the Chinese today is not the Chinese they were taught in their school, but the racism feeling to Chinese is in their deep heart, it will not be eliminated in another few generations. We can certainly see the signs from western countries policy towards China -- work with China (they just have too), and contain China (at least slow China down).
The fear of China from developing countries are another thing. China's neighbour countries have great fear of China because of history. These countries were under China's shadow for thousand years, the history was basically the wars between China's agriculture civilization and nomadic kingdoms. The history cycle in this area, and in any other agriculture/nomad borders, was that all the countries were under China's shadow and control when the "Middle Kingdom" was strong, and they became invading China when China was weak. So the strong/weak -- control/invade cycles is still in the deep hearts of those people in China's neighbour.
India is quite different. There was no such a cycle in India/China history, but seems India has greatest fear of China. It is unreasonable and hard to understand. Most Chinese don't even know where India is.
Do these Chinese internet bigots cause the fear of China? I would say they are USED by western media to create the fear of China. These bigots are actually showing the weak point of China society -- the majority of a society with overheated head would screw up themselves sooner or later. Fortunately, this bigots are very small percentage of the entire China population, another culture revolution would not happen in China any more.
The Korean who want to "kill Chinese" is probably an isolated case. Koreans do have the fear of China (you can tell from what he said "kill Chinese", it seems to me is singing a song in grave yard), but their greatest fear is Japan. Japan bullied them for thousan years and many times, not China.
I don't know how to establish a better understanding between nations to reduce the fear. Especially I have no idea how western countries share the limited resources with Chinese in this planet. History could repeat if humanbeing refuse to learn from history. I have noticed some discussion in western countries that if China rise peacefully or rise violently like Germany. The discussions said they are watching China. Well, I think China is watching them too -- if the western countries accept China or refuse China like the time they refused Germany. What I have noticed so far is, the western countries have not make up their mind -- accept or not. So their policies towards China showed up and down, cooperate and contain. This is quite nature when a country as big as China to rise, it will cause fear, exciting, worry, and so on. The bottom line is, be rational, don't be fool.
The fear from China's neighbour developing countries is not that rational, the world is not the world in 100 years ago. Fighting on land would not help you much but leave you in very bad position in global family, so I don't think China would fight for land with her neighbours. National interest is the bottom line, what do you fight for?