2019 Apr 9, 8:08am
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Not too long ago the West was breezily talking of China as if the 1989 Tiananmen Square debacle and its aftermath that saw the Chinese government kill some 10,000 protesters and dissidents was a mere speed bump on the fated way to Chinese democracy and an open society. Beltway wisdom was that any year China could experience a moment akin to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.Then status quo elite thinking in Washington was that even if the Chinese ran up huge deficits, treated their trading partners in ruthless fashion, jailed critics in a vast gulag archipelago, and mimicked the colonialism and imperialism of the former Japanese Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere of the late 1930s and 1940s, Beijing, nonetheless, would inevitably translate its new affluence and self-confidence into free elections and eventual liberal society — or at least become a benign world hegemon. After all, its high-speed rail, its solar-panel factories, and modern airports wowed American pundits — as if China offered a model of green modern authoritarianism that could supersede Neanderthal resistance to green central planners. A Chinese Carmel or Upper West Side was always proverbially right around the corner.Just as it had been awed by Western money and technology, surely China would be even more wowed by Western magnanimity and so reciprocate by mimicking Western political and cultural institutions.That fantasy has dissipated as Donald Trump shattered its glass veneer. The vision of China as always on the cusp of consensual government was always about as accurate as the old American dreams that the more powerful imperial Japan became in the early 20th century, the more apt Tokyo would be to assume a role as a sober and judicious Westernized protector of global norms. Again, ahistorical groupthink, fueled by globalist nonsense, simply ignored Chinese history and culture.***Groupthink explains radical transformations in conventional wisdom and received opinion. The status of China should always have been pretty clear: The Chinese government was a Communist autocracy with a long history of mass murder, racial and religious intolerance, and hatred of democracy — whether it lived hand to mouth in Maoist times or befooled naïve journalists and buccaneer corporatists who bragged about its shiny new infrastructure.What changed was not the essence of China, but its superficial veneer, which tricked the gullible or conniving Westerners into assuming its fascist brand of capitalism led to riches and on to eventual freedom.
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maybe the world if youth educational trend continue.(Chinese parent spend 25% of their income on education, mostly one child family.)The disturbing truth is, just about any C grade 4- 11th grade student from China will be math stars in USA schools.
you are funny, maybe unintentional way.Let's ask the average Murican restaurant worker to write in another language.No, just ask them to write in English. lol
Technology wise China is the undisputed 800 lb gorilla of Asian, maybe the world if youth educational trend continue.
The disturbing truth is, just about any C grade 4- 11th grade student from China will be math stars in USA schools.
So unless China invades and subjugates all of Asia-Pacific under its thumb, places like the USA (& what's left of the west) will still exert its influence over the region.
They sit next to China. China by its cheer size will dominate the region politically and economically. Their influence will range from monetary help, to economic collaborations, to military invasion. The US "influence" will be likely be truncated quickly to just "cultural" influence, kind of like England whose Universities are so looked after. Except well... the US doesn't really have a culture beyond shopping habits.
Even if they aren't... there will still be x4 more.
Singapore is puny. What they like or not doesn't matter.
Singapore + Malaysia + Thailand + Korea + Japan is divided. It's a bit like saying South American countries will not let the US control the American continent.
Doesn't matter, ppl like us make our money in finance not STEM.
Singapore is right now, one of the major private banking centers in the world. More and more Chinese money is flowing through there than anywhere else.
Once they are done they will move to finance.
Heraclitusstudent saysEven if they aren't... there will still be x4 more.Doesn't matter, ppl like us make our money in finance not STEM.
If the City of London (separate from Metro/Greater London) stops this, the UK will be a 3rd world nation within a single generation. Instead, despite the great collapse of a massive overseas empire, since 1948, is still functioning as one of the world's G-5.
The last refuge for people who have lost everything else that mattered.
Singapore is right now, one of the major private banking centers in the world.
I doubt Singapore can pull out the same.
Singapore, I like Singapore a lot great food multi culture very interesting place, but really. I can bicycle across Singapore in one day
Yeah and China can snuff out Hong Kong like a bug
They don't need to invade either HK or Singapore
So if Singapore plays the City of London game long term then yes, China will have to invade to stop 'em.
It will be worse with China.
Heraclitusstudent saysIt will be worse with China.Ok, but then that means that they'll have to tell Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, India, etc, how to conduct business with Singapore. There are plenty of rich ppl in Asia-Pacific who don't carry PRC passports. Plus, even famous former PRCers (ethnic Han Chinese) have given up their PRC passports for Singaporeans ones like actress Gong Li.
Do you think if Shih went all Kim fuck and lock down HK in 48 hours.
kt1652 saysDo you think if Shih went all Kim fuck and lock down HK in 48 hours.HK is already done, they're owned by PRC. So what's the question?The question is whether or not, PRC will launch an invasion of SE Asia, conquering Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia so that these nations don't easily exchange money with Singapore and the western NATO nations including South Korea and Japan. If that happens then yes, we're looking at a major war.
Beijing completely dominate V,T,M,S & Indo akready.
When my mixed race party arrived with our US passports, no problem
It was only after I was home from the trip that the subtle racism the clerks at the hotel treated my inlaws with had dawned on me. If I realized what had happened at the time, I would have read the hotel the riot act.
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