China’s Right to Arm Itself Militarily

By Paul Chong  26 July 2015

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I am trying to make sense out of the military expenditures between US & China. As a matter of fact, it makes no sense at all that US should spend an amount equivalent to all these countries in the chart above namely: China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Japan India, Germany & South Korea. US military spending dwarfs the rest of the world. Can any military strategist justify for the need to dwarf the world?

US geographical location is supreme & utterly safe from foreign invasions when compared to the rest of the world. Its borders are utterly not threatened. To the north is friendly neighbour Canada, & to the south is Mexico (certainly not a power to match) The west coast is protected by the vast Pacific Ocean & the Atlantic Ocean takes care of its eastern shores. Further, it would be suicidal for any lesser country to threaten US.

US has never been invaded or threatened right from its founding over two hundred years ago . . . nor can we see any present power of today trying to do so. It has pretty won all the wars it joined or started.

On the other hand, it’s US all the way threatening others & creating all round havoc & chaos for the world. Its warring & meddling hands are evidenced everywhere as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria . . . in the past waging wars beyond its borders had met with futile repercussions & defeats as in Korea & Vietnam. US unilaterally pushes its military might upon the sovereignties of others under the guise of WMD (weapons of mass destruction), regime change, the probation of democracy, human rights . . . all to camouflage its hidden agenda of world hegemony.

I dare say that US, as aggressive as it is, would never be content & feel safe itself until its might & power are upon all the countries in the world. If not, the fact is clearly evidenced by the way it plays being the Big Brother of mankind.

Let’s take a look at China. Why is the world so jittery over China increasing its military budget spending, particularly US? After it’s only a pittance compared to US, and still by far way behind US in terms of sheer size & might. For a country the size of China with 1.4 billion population this minuscule percentage of its GDP is negligible.

In all fairness & without bias, we shall examine China along the same perspective. Whereas China’s rise in economic power has not met with any obstacle, the same however cannot be said of its military might. Interferences & hindrances are clearly there for instance in China’s effort settling up the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank).

Historically, China has been great & mighty, but unlike western powers it had never encroached upon other sovereignties conquering others & leaving trails of destruction. In the past & as of today, China was/is interested in trading ties. China today is doing just that doing win-win deals Africa, South America & just about any country interested to deal with China.

China for all its mighty past had never got greater beyond its borders. It was the inward looking mindset of the China in ancient times, living in isolation from the rest of the world that resulted in little progress. The Great Wall of China was built in essence to keep the barbarians out. Renaissance & industrial revolution never touched China as they did for the western world, including Japan.

China was badly humiliated by Japan during WW2 and suffered utter destruction by invading western powers, each carving out portions of China & occupying them. It was utter shame. China was so weak to be able to do anything. Xi Jinping is ensuring that such shame never recur.

With the US constantly lurking in South China Sea, interfering with Taiwan returning to its motherland, trying to set its foot hold close to China, non-stop demonisation of China, forever threatening to teach China a lesson with its Seventh Fleet, having liaison with Japan & South Korea with military drills on land & at sea, are something to be worrying for China.

China will never invade others, as proven by its thousands of years history. With US increasing its military budget & build-up, China could never match US might.

Today, China is building infrastructure all over the world . . . highways, railways, ports, airports to help boost countries to develop. Its win-win policies are attracting tens 7 hundreds of participation. Chinas is also reviving its past Silk Route trade & making headways towards re-establishing its maritime trade route. In all corners of the world, Chinese are aiding with their economic strength. The policy of peaceful harmonious co-existence, as first initiated by past-president Hu Jintao, is being continued.

For the good of mankind, let China be. The sleeping dragon is awakened to carry on its benevolent deeds & deals . . . co-operation rather than domination.

China Is Officially World Number One

Paul Chong – A Chinese by Descent, An Australian by Consent   Sunday, 14 December 2014

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President Xi Jinping – Fearless but not dangerous

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Figures don’t lie. It’s official now. China is the No. 1 economy in the GDP
world. This is a definite “vindication” of the hundreds of years
of Western humiliation, aggression, suppression & oppression. Step aside America
for the grand entrance of the awakened Dragon, which is ushering in progress & economic development for other nations as well.

“Zhongguoren zhan qi lai le”

The last thirty odd years of Chinese history has been phenomenon . . . spectacular & unprecedented in the history of human endeavour. Chinese have always been known to be the most assiduous people in the pursuit of economic achievement.

Tom Orlik, Bloomberg’s China economist, once heard a Chinese local government official say that the government measures the economy using fiscal revenue instead of GDP because “GDP is opinion, fiscal revenue is fact.”

When the World Bank formally adopted the PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) methodology back in the early 1990s and thus elevated China’s ranking, there were two general reactions in the Chinese media. One was that this represented Western recognition of China’s real bargaining power, against the backdrop of sanctions imposed in response to Beijing’s handling of domestic instability in the summer of 1989. The other was that the new ranking might as well be a Western propaganda ploy to trick China and the Chinese people to be less hard-working and, by extension, China should instead double its efforts to grow its economy.

Using a market exchange rate to compare China’s economy with that of the United States would make its economy around two thirds of the size of the economy of the United States. So what? China would still be superlative in many ways: the world’s largest producer and consumer of steel, the largest consumer of energy, the largest importer of soybeans, and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

You just can’t hold down the awakened Dragon from its peaceful slumber . . . Napoleon Bonaparte had wisely long ago decided not to rouse the sleeping Dragon.

Few noticed this great happening – a moment of considerable global importance. According to Brett Arends, from the US site MarketWatch, he reports: “There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: we’re no longer No.1. Today, we’re No.2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.”

That’s President Barack Obama’s legacy, right there. He’s overseen a national decline that has taken the US — in comparative terms — back to the days of Grant, who occupied the White House during the post-Civil War years from 1869 to 1877.

When Obama promised change, this may not have been what his fans expected.

According to MarketWatch’s analysis, the latest figures from the International Monetary Fund show that “China now accounts for 16.5 per cent of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3 per cent for the US.”

In 2014, China is expected to produce $US17.6 trillion worth of goods and services compared with America’s $US17.4 trillion.

China is well on the road of no return. It’s marching on . . . always remembering the Great March of Mao Zedong’s struggling years.
China surpassed Japan in 2010 as the second largest economy in the world, measured by GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

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Now, China is playing its role as the planet’s greatest-ever economic power. China’s rise is remarkable – only 14 years ago, MarketWatch writes, it was producing just one-third of America’s output. But just as remarkable is the soft treatment China receives from those who criticise the West.China now has a firm grip on the world & the wonderful thing about China’s leadership is that it is sharing & helping other nations to grow without shooting or intimidation. Obama, the ironic Nobel Peace Prize winner, has played its last role of creating & waging more wars than any of his predecessors.

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Xi Jinping, the newly acclaimed global leader, is fearless but not dangerous.
It’s going to be a more peaceful & progressive world!

WIN-WIN for ALL.

Chinese Civilisation – No More of the Historical Humiliation, Oppression or Suppression

 

Edited & Rewritten By Paul Chong / Sun 9 Nov. 2014

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You can’t pull or push a good person down

Nor can a top civilisation be oppressed & down.

In whatsoever way, you can’t expect to stand tall by oppressing & suppressing others.

This is a good short history for all Chinese to read to have a better insight & understanding as to who you are.

Chinese Civilisation is centred on goodness, benevolence & harmony. It is culturally directed rather than materialistically.

Never in the history of mankind has a civilised race been so humiliated by the western world & Japan (a minuscule of a nation). The unknown author of this excellent article chooses to remain anonymous for good reasons. Justice is never served. Aggressors & perpetrators are allowed to go free with deals to the advantages of the western power. What the Jews suffered in the Holocaust is nothing compared to what the Chinese went through . . . in terms of intensity, numbers, moral & duration.
Yes,”The Sick Man of Asia”, that was what the western powers used to call
China for more than 2 hundreds years before the World War 2.

The earlier few centuries of supposedly “friendly” European conquests turned the world into an ocean of colonies. The Africans were turned into slaves, the natives of both Americas massacred, the Australian aborigines were similarly largely exterminated. The ancient civilisation of China was crippled, fragmented and dismantled into pieces. After the Western powers brought down the decadent Qing Dynasty with the might of modern firearms, the Chinese civilisation was turned into a pariah race of nothingness by the invaders in their own country. The foreigners did not bring anything good but oppression, bullying and raiding China’s wealth and dignity by all kinds of deceptive means, and by the barrel of the gun. The Japanese joined in and even thought of conquering and ruling the whole of China as their colony. The Chinese were weakened & labelled as the “Sick Man of Asia” through opium addiction brought on by the British East India Company.

There was a moment of salvation when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and declared war on the Western power. China and its peasant soldiers were needed to open another front to sap the fighting power and resources of the Japanese. A large part of the Japanese Imperial Army was held down in China by the peasant soldiers. History would not be the same if the Japanese could run through China without resistance and conquer the whole of Asia.

After the war there was a brief moment of equality for China as a key member of the Allied Forces that fought against the Japanese. Chiang Kai Shek was seated with the Allied leaders like Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt in Potsdam and Cairo to divide the world among the victorious Allied Powers. China was lucky to have its lost territories back. Chiang was more like a flower vase, inconsequential, and would not be deserving of any war loot. His presence among the leaders of the big powers was a consolation that gave China a little recognition as a big nation, more for window dressing.

This little moment of dignity did not last long when Mao Zedong defeated Chiang and China adopted communism as a state ideology. This turn of event led to a renewed and concerted Western effort to brand and condemn the Chinese civilisation as peasants, rogues, dumb, uncivilised, aggressive and the pariahs of the human race, a good for nothing race that was lack of talent, unproductive and unimaginative, and unfit to join the advanced nations of the West. This was the hopeless China painted by the West. They kept repeating the misinformation daily in all western media, like they are doing to North Korea today that the whole world simply believed so. Chinese are useless, Chinese are lame, Chinese are bad.

Cold Wars, containment policies, encirclement, depriving China of its rightful seat in the UN, blocking China from joining international organisations like the WTO and the Groupings of rich nations, were history now. In the last 40 odd years, China came storming back on its

own despite all the sanctions and barriers and threats against its rise as a nation and the Chinese people as a civilization, old, ancient, but not useless and remote of talents.

Throughout the two hundred years of Western oppression and suppression, the Chinese civilisation was not allowed to surface, no opportunity to break out and be the equal of other nations. The Chinese civilisation was down and out in despair. Many Chinese had doubts in themselves, and were ashamed to be Chinese. The Westerners reinforced this belief by sneering at them, contributing negative literature furiously to debase the Chinese, discriminated against them in practically every human endeavour and industry. In the USA there were racist laws forbidding the Chinese from higher skill jobs. The image and perception of useless and untalented Chinese became a self fulfilling prophecy. The Chinese civilisation was a joke, a condemned race that was lacking in industry and innovation.

On its own, slowly and steadily the Chinese rebuilt their nation and their civilisation, with little foreign talents and assistance, China has over taken Japan and is closing in on the US for the number One world power, economically and militarily. They have proven that they could match the West in every field of industry. The oppression and suppression of a civilisation have failed, and a revitalised China has assumed its rightful place as a proud nation among nations. The Chinese civilisation is no longer to be spitted at, to be kicked around by the Western powers or by teeny weeny little Asian states.  It is now a force to be reckoned with and to be respected on its own merits.

The tag of being the “Sick Man of Asia”, a semi colony of the West, a broken country with nothing, no inventions, no modern industries, no talents except poverty and all the trappings of a poor and backward third world country vanished over a few decades. There is renewed pride as a people, a nation and a civilisation in the new China. A phoenix has risen from the ashes. There is no turning back. The Chinese have found their way back and will leap frog over the West in science and technology and in all things, while the West are still trying to restrain their advances by hook and by crook.

Today, the overseas Chinese are also starting to rediscover themselves, their pride and dignity as a respectable people. They too find some renewed confidence that they are not rubbish and useless as the West wanted to hole them in, to be bullied by even little third world people, to be told to go home in western countries. They too share the pride of an ancient civilisation seeking a second chance in renaissance, to achieve in whatever they seek to do, to be a respectable people and civilisation on par with the best in the world. They no longer lower their heads in shame as they go about their lives. They are standing tall, heads and shoulders to the Western civilisation with the knowledge that they are just as good if not better. The Chinese civilisation is reviving and will no longer be oppressed and suppressed again.

Right through history no country has ever succeeded to superimpose its culture upon China. Quite the contrary, a reversed process known as “Sinicisation” happened, whereupon the unwanted occupiers came to adopt Chinese way of life, language, culture & all.