The Chinese military celebrates it’s 80th birthday.
Things to worry about: All the extra boys and men in China. All the poor, often jobless men in and around China’s cities. The Japanese, Chinese, North and South Koreans, Tawainese etc… don’t get along that well. The U.S. and China have eyes on the same resources
Things to be happy about: If we try and get along with the Chinese, it might just work. They’re young, our economies are intertwined…ahem. They’re pragmatic. They’re shrewd. They like classical music and science. We have a lot more in common than we think.
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From The China Daily Mail: ‘The Cultures Of North Korea And China: Conflict Escalation Explained’
Over a billion people and a culturally homogenous Han core. Rapid industrialization atop an ancient civilization. There is state-sponsored hacking and espionage, a good bit of corruption and a lot of young men floating around fast-growing cities. There are people fighting for their freedoms, better laws, and making their way forward. There is an often lawless, ruthless capitalism (and hefty State involvement and cronyism) and it will take smart leadership to maintain steady growth. Can they do it? TED Via Youtube: Martin Jacques ‘Understanding The Rise Of China’…From Foreign Affairs: ‘The Geography Of Chinese Power’…From Via Media At The American Interest: ‘History Made; Media Blind’…From The New Perspectives Quarterly: Francis Fukuyama’s ‘Is America Ready for a Post-American World?’…