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Originally posted by cartkingsky at 2008-8-24 20:20
It seems to me that the majority of westerners are rich enough and it wil be fine if they can just go on like this. But since we are a bunch of mobs (cited from one well-known CNN commenter), they feel so threatened that we mobs probably will take vengeance for what they did to our forebears, perhaps we will set fire on their palaces and museums where countless treasures robbed from our nation are keeped. Oh, did I forget to mention who resemble gangsters even more?
Well, possibly the most famous painting of human history, the Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci, was painted and kept in Italy but then stolen by Napoleon, it is now in the Louvre museum in Paris and France will never give it back to Italy. You see, it's not just China that was spoiled by other countries, but for centuries all countries fought each other and robbed each other. We have to stop thinking in these terms, what we have to build now is peace and harmony in the entire world and you cannot do this with violence and disrespect for other peoples.
However, the West is not afraid of a war - actually, in Europe (U.S. is different), a war is culturally unthinkable today; people would not accept to fight with China or any other country unless something really terrible happened, such as nuclear bombs or starvation. So no one is afraid of China in military terms. People are more afraid of China's economic growth and fear that this will take wealth away from them, and the solution is to find ways to allow China to grow without creating fear and rage in the rest of the world.