JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE CHINESE PEOPLE’S IMMENSE PRIDE IN THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS – STUPIDLY AND DANGEROUSLY BELITTLED BY TRUMP AND POMPEO – HOW I EXPECT CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES EACH TO COME OUT OF THE DOUBLE CRISIS OF ECONOMICS AND DISEASE – CHINA WILL BE STRENGTHENED WHILE THE UNITED STATES WILL BE WEAKENED – THEN THE DANGER OF EVEN WORSE ATTACKS ON CHINA NO MATTER WHO IS ELECTED – ABSOLUTELY NO LEADERSHIP IN AMERICA – WE ONLY HAVE DEMANDS THAT AMERICA MUST BE FIRST – THE AMERICAN POWER ESTABLISHMENT FEARS CHINA AND ITS COMPETITIVENESS – A WORD ON THE AWFUL HONG KONG PROTESTERS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PATRICK LAWRENCE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

US, China & Hong Kong’s Betrayal

 

I have some familiarity with the Chinese, having served as a “homestay” for a fine young student from China for two and a half years and having got to know all his friends. I also taught a fair number of university students from China.

They were lovely, bright kids, and I remember their smiles and laughter.

I saw no hostility towards the US in them then.

But their pride in China and its accomplishments and history were immense. Quite palpable.

Only an idiot would act to belittle that pride, but the US very much has two noisy idiots at the head of its government. And touching on any matter of Chinese sovereignty, such as Hong Kong, borders on insanity. Chinese pride will not allow it.

Although they are truly obnoxious, it is not just Trump & Co. at fault. The whole Washington establishment resents China, its remarkable rise, and they fear its competitiveness. They have not opposed Trump’s viciousness. And many have parroted his most hateful themes.

It is becoming dangerous. And it is beyond foolish at a time of great fragility in the world’s economy to be attacking the other great engine of growth.

My own belief is that China will emerge from the current crises strengthened, able to compete in new areas such as health. It will have won new admirers and partners in the world. And it is ready to do business with everyone. Its people will work smoothly together to make things right. And they have superb leadership.

America will come out of the dual crisis of disease and economy considerably weakened. It has lost the respect even of some old allies with its display of selfish concern and incompetence. It has terrible leadership. And it is dedicated to purposes that make no sense – i.e., “full-spectrum dominance everywhere,” a one-way trip to nowhere, except possibly to war.

There isn’t a hint of real leadership in Washington. Just arrogant people who believe they should be number-one in everything. Even if Biden wins the election, he is a man of no promise. And I am something of a believer in Carlyle’s maxim, “History is biography.”

Corruption and war from a bellowing, unstable man or corruption and war from an old party hack does seem to summarize the grim election choice ahead.

My fear is that Washington will push with even more desperate tactics in either case, especially if my view of how the two countries emerge from the dual crisis holds.

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Response to a comment saying “This author gives way too much credence to the Hong Kong protesters”

Agreed, Well-said.

The protesters were obnoxious, not heroic, not idealistic, and they used a great many home-made firebombs, and they were shooting bows-and-arrows in the streets.

The Hong Kong police did a difficult job well. The author doesn’t adequately credit them.

Just compare with what was going on in Paris and Gaza at the time – public mass killing and maiming of unarmed demonstrators. Just savagery.

And there was almost certainly State Department and CIA collusion behind the scenes in Hong Kong to stir things up.

Posted May 26, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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