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China in the Year 2020: Three Political Scenarios

March 24th, 2009 69 comments

In our Dalai Lama Warns of Looming Violence thread, Wukailong linked to this essay covering three political scenarios that China might face in the year 2020. The author, Cheng Li is Senior Fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution and William R. Kenan Professor of Government at Hamilton College. His summary is as follows:

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Hillary Clinton's Successful First Visit to China as Secretary of State

February 25th, 2009 33 comments

Judging by reactions from the Chinese government, Secretary of State Clinton’s state visit to China last weekend has been a great success.

This trip is foremost about realism. Read more…

On the Mind-Numbing, Sensationalistic Use of Emotionally Charged Words in International Politics

January 12th, 2009 176 comments

The recent tragedies in Gaza have reminded me again the mind-numbing role the sensationalistic use of emotionally charged words can play in international politics.

Recently, Israel railed against the Vatican when Cardinal Renato Martino, the president of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Vatican, characterized Gaza as a “concentration camp.”  According to the NY Times: Read more…

(Letter from Charles Liu) 我看08宪章

December 30th, 2008 56 comments

我看08宪章

作者:magiczerg 文章发于:乌有之乡 点击数: 更新时间:2008-12-11

《08宪章》终于出炉了,很好,它们终于又从黑暗中窜出来,张牙舞爪的向人民冲过来了。这个阴险的敌人在76年劫后重生以来,一直像病毒一样偷偷的复制着,今天爆发了,看来我们现在的免疫力确实是不行了。病毒总是趁人虚弱的时候爆发,08是中华民族由于长期虚耗,刚刚病倒的时候,它们果然就发作了,治病救人看来是势在必行了。

看病之前,我们先诊断诊断病情,以便对症下药。大凡病毒老病毒易治,新出现的病毒难医,这个病毒是新病毒还是老病毒呢?翻开历史看一看原来这个病毒1908年就出现了,当时清政府像现在的走资派一样为了笼络人心预备立宪了。看来《08宪章》应该改为《1908宪章》,变异了的病毒出现了,只不过又换了个马甲。如果这思想的深度尚不及旧民主主义的东西祸害成功了,只能证明我们民族的思辨力已经退到1919年前了。

接下来我们看看病因。 照理说老病毒,我们应该早有免疫力,不应该害怕的,为什么政府又一次的讳莫如深呢?难道毛主席给我们民族注射的疫苗失效了?如果失效为什么会失效呢?我想我们的政府该反思一下了!资本主义在中国走不通是历史证明的了,为什么现在的善良的人们人们还总是一厢情愿的相信呢?政府一直以来摇摆不定,被走资派挟持,篡改历史的恶果出现了。现在走资派利用被篡改的历史去蒙蔽广大老百姓的时候,政府只好把长期以来对付正派(之所以不称左派的原因是个人觉得现在的右派是反动派,真正的右派在我们的所谓的“左派”中间,还没到显露的时候)的手段拿出来了,那就是封杀。就像纸里的火一样是封不得住,这样做只会把自己推向人民的对立端,成全了这帮畜生。唯一也是最正确的办法就是还原历史的真相,让人民自己认清它们丑恶的嘴脸。让人民了解真正的历史,让祖国的未来–青年人真正了解中国的历史,这样中华名族才能真正自信,自强。中华民族才能永远拒毒于体外。

除了加强免疫力,我们最重要的是还要给病毒杀死。看看这份病毒的制造者吧,两个长期以来通外祸国的跳梁小丑。不能再纵容它们了,对待敌人就要像秋风扫落叶一样。来一场正义的审批再送上人民垒起的断头台是它们的最好的结局。还有那帮亡我中华之心不死的帮凶们,也要用痛打落水狗的精神来对待它们(榜单上的茅于轼之流)!

题外话:本人是一名大学教师,虽然教龄不长,但是跟现在的青年学生接触比较多。特别是80后,感觉他们属于没有信仰没有精神的一代。我有上课给他们讲一些关于人性美好的一面,教人上进的故事,竟遭一些学生不理解的经历。他们自己不愿意思考,如果你想让他们思考还会引起他们的反感。深表无奈,又充满同情,其实他们才是最不幸的一代。希望大家多拿出耐心对待他们,温暖他们,不要在网上人云亦云的打击他们了。他们中间也有不少热血青年,由于了解了错误的历史反而更容易误入歧途。他们更容易受08宪章蒙蔽,热爱祖国的人们的路很长很长。现在工作在一线的老师可以说忙的连自己思考的时候都快没有了,更不用说教学生思考了,教育的悲哀啊!平时由于时间的缘故,很少发东西,今天熬夜仓促写了一些,希望大家多批评。

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The Partnership between Africa and China – a Force for Good or Evil?

December 7th, 2008 40 comments

We’ve had impassioned discussions about Tibet this year.  But the controversies surrounding China has not just been about Tibet – they have also been about Africa.

In anticipation of a series of posts on Africa, I thought I would put a few feelers out to see if people on this forum would be interested in discussing the topic, and if so, where people initially stand.

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How Can China Learn from India?

November 4th, 2008 53 comments

Recently we have had several good, vigorous debates on the proper role of human rights in the International Order – including in China in particular.  In a recent thread, I even got to argue in the comments that the Chinese government is right to focus on issues of general human welfare (as embodied by its calls for a “peaceful and harmonious” society) rather than ideologies such as “human rights” (as embodied by Western calls for democracy and freedom of speech). Read more…

On Human Rights, Intervention and the International Order

October 19th, 2008 265 comments

The idea of “human rights” is neither new nor did it suddenly sprang into existence after WWII. It has arguably existed since the dawn of human existence, as portrayed in human stories and mythologies and exemplified throughout human history in man’s struggle against the arbitrariness of a higher power, be they of gods, fortune, nature or tyrants.

In Chinese society, such struggles are found in the stories and mythologies of 大禹 (Great Yu) taming the floods, 神農  (Shennong) inventing agriculture or the Monkey King’s rebellion against Heaven. Socio-politically, a central theme of Confucianism is the rights and duties of each member of society, from the peasant to that of the Emperor. Subsequently, 孟子 (Mencius) argued for the rights of the citizens to just rule, while later 王夫之 (Wang Fuzhi) favoured governing in the interest of the people (i.e. for the people) instead of for the benefit of the rulers. Read more…

Can democracy be the solution to Malaysia's ethnic problems?

September 14th, 2008 35 comments

In a previous discussion on Malaysia’s ethnic politics, I was surprised (and dismayed) to sense the depth of dejection some ethnic Chinese in Malaysia may feel toward the political situation in Malaysia. There however may be hope. Read more…

Tony Blair's New Op Ed on China in the Wall Street Journal

August 28th, 2008 59 comments

I thought I’d bring to people’s attention to a recent Op Ed from Tony Blair in the Wall Street Journal on the Rise of China and the Olympics. I think the piece is interesting as a genuine attempt by a Western Leader (or at least a former Western leader) to understand – in good faith – the Rise of China and the Olympics. Read more…

Why are the Chinese so upset about the Western human rights activists and advocate journalists? Do not violate my Chinese feelings, or, rather, sensibilities.

August 2nd, 2008 83 comments

After lamenting Western misunderstandings of the Chinese, their political arrangements and culture, it behooves to examine some Chinese misunderstandings of the West with regard to the attention their country has received from human rights activists and advocate journalists, especially in the run-up to the Olympics.

Why are the Chinese viscerally sickened by the following scenes from the Western media? Read more…