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This post was edited by abramicus at 2013-6-16 06:42|
As late as Deng, China's foreign policy through the Korean War, Vietnam War and the War Against Vietnamese Intrusion into Guangxi, has been "Courage at the forefront." The famous solution to many of China's most dangerous challenges from Mao to Deng was 敢字当头。 Without courage, there would not have been the establishment of the PRC in 1949. Without courage, there would not have been the economic reforms started by Deng in 1978, culminating in China's pre-eminent position as the largest creditor nation in the world. But being used to the land secured by the sacrifices of their grandparents, and wealth secured by the savings of their parents, we have a new generation of those who are afraid anything they do might change their utopia, and thus, the mantra of some today is "Fear at the front!" or 怕字当头.
What China needs to fear is its own irresoluteness, indecisiveness, and unwillingness to stake its life to defend its right to live as a sovereign nation.
Crazy Horse, when asked mockingly after his defeat, where is the land of his people, answered, "My land is where the dead of my people are buried." And today, China does not have even a general with the courage of a Crazy Horse. So, when asked after their inevitable defeat, where is the land of their people, they might answer, "My land is where you found the footprints of my retreating army."