Is there anything we should learn from today's China?
December 28, 2006 2:48pm CST
Some of members in this forum, like Wchao37 and Arksi-arksi, have such a great deal of confidence in a promising future of China that they go so far as to say that China will be the most powerful leading nation in the world. But when I ponder on the phenomenon called "China's rise," I always end up wondering one thing: that is, if China is to be a world-class leader, she needs to be respected by the world community for something she does, something distinctive to China. But is there any distinguished quality, remarkable invention, or any outstanding achievement for which the rest of the world admires China and Chinese people, or which makes us feel that China is indeed a world-class leader? What should the rest of the world respect China for as a leader? If you look back a couple of centuries and take a look at the rise of countries like Great Britain, France, the U.S., Japan, or any other countries that are regarded as leaders and models in modern times in such fields as business, political philosophy, diplomacy, culture and life-style, or education and research, you immediately notice one obvious difference between China and those major countries: they all brought with them new ideas, inventions, talents, or skills that expanded the horizon of human activities, when they rose to power. Some of their new ideas truly revolutionalized the way people think, behave, live, work, and made our lives better. If not revolutinalized, they did at least take us to the next level of our social advancement. Those leading countries had something to offer to the world and to be respected and admired in return, though not everything they do were admired of course, and many in the world do try to learn from them in an attempt to figure out what it was that made them so outstanding. Here are some of the items and achievements for which they are regarded highly around the world. There must be more but these will suffice, for the time being, to illustrate the point I am making here. Great Britain: Industrial revolution, university education and research, gentlemanship, common law and parliamentary system, France: Passion for artistic expressions and presentation, fashion and design, artistic cuisine, philanthropism and political philosophy The U.S.: Mass production, industrial creativity and entrepreneurship, scientific inventions in almost all fields, frontier and challenge spirit, university education and research, freedom, democracy Japan: The first non-White industrial country, durability of high-tech products, lean production and factory management, precision manufacturing, energy efficiency How about China?