The china story

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  1. Himanshu Pandey

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    Once upon a time, a long time ago, a woman was watering her sheep. Her husband had reminded her to cover the well tightly when she was done as water was scarce. But when she was done, she forgot to close the well. Soon, the well filled and water poured out and began to flood the grassland at the bottom of the hill. The sheep bleated in fright.
    Just then, a warrior came riding by. "Can you help me?" the woman cried. "I cannot stop the water!" The warrior shot an arrow into the tallest mountain, splitting it in two. One part fell onto the well and stopped the water from pouring out.
    The woman turned to the warrior, eager to thank him and to offer him food to eat when suddenly something occurred to her. She blurted, "But how will I get to the water again? It is under a mountain!" The warrior only bowed and smiled and went on his way.
    When the woman realized that she had not offered food or greeting, she hung her head in shame.

    This is an old Chinese story which was taught to the children to learn manners and give respect to all. Then, there was a story of holding 2 Indians as hostage for wrongdoing of the company they served and attack on one Indian embassy officer when he went to help them. There are rumors, suspicions and fears in neighbors of china and the irony of the situation is the fear and suspicions are because of peaceful rise of china. So there is just 2 options either all the neighbors are wrong or there is not just a peaceful rise of china and its economy.
    I wondered about these 2 clashing points a peace which is frightening the neighbors and searched for the reasons and tried to understand the china story.
    One of the ancient names of china was “Chung Kuo” which means center country and also haven under sky. It is a country which still holds its ancient traditions and culture within itself. China has made Europeans amazed with its culture, colors of life and dragon stories from the time of Romans till now. Silk and Black Powder are two most known contributions of china to world. The teaching of Confucius and Lau Tse are still loved and taught in most part of the world. How is it become possible that the formers of 40 centuries, the famous Peking-Man who flourished with the teaching of Lord Buddha become the threat for its neighbors and world?
    Why the world is not feeing safe with the rise of china and why world economy is more threatened because of china?
    China was never known as a welfare state. The needs and demands of Chinese people were never high neither the local population was known as rich fellows who traveled the world. The fertile land and separation of china by mountains, deserts and ocean left it untouched with the changes of the world. Now when the physical distance means no more still china is untouched because of the barriers installed by communist china.
    China fought wars with Russia, Japan and Mangols and got divided like a cake by European countries during colonial era. The Afeem used by Europeans to subdue chinise people still holds its effect in background. Being overrun and divided by other nations left Chinese leadership with a mind set of prevailing over all others.
    The 1[SUP]st[/SUP] part of 20[SUP]th[/SUP] century was the time when world was changing. A lot of Asian and African countries were gaining their Independence from European countries and trying to get their footstep on world stage. Some of them are trying for it till now but some has emerged as main players on world stage like India, Israel, and China but there is a period of few years before Mao and his long march when democracy tried to get hold in china but it was overrun by Mao and Communist China had born.
    A lot of maybe say that Mao was right and the iron hand of communism is required to make china grow but we all know communism is failed and even china has lost more than it had gained from communism. Today china is a capitalist country under the disguise of communism and one of the few remaining governments who are near to totalitarian system.
    A country with 3 trillion $ reserve is killing its people for their demands of basic human needs. It’s a joke or tragedy only history will decide. A people’s republic where, people of china need permission to go, to buy and even to give birth to children. A government which, support every illegitimate government of world and deals with them even if, they are banned by UNO.
    Mao had told its followers-
    “Every Communist must grasp the truth; "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."
    This was truth during the time of WWII and but not in today’s world and this is a thing which China and its government is due to learn. They have to accept that world had changed and with this change the priories of people to changed but the communist in china are fearful of accepting it and trying to put whole Chinese population in the fanciful dreams of future which is more dangerous of Afeem used by colonial power in china and this is because they don’t want to let the power slip from their hands.
    The poverty is worst in china and same goes with human rights. A lot of Chinese people are founding then rootless because they were removed from their homes and neighborhood to give space for infrastructure. It will be look good at first glance and will make a lot of us to think it as an effective solution for all the mismanaged neighborhoods but if we look deeply then we find a feeling of non-belongings in people. Most of us are working out of our home city and we all can understand this feeling if it will be forced upon us to leave the home and playground for some other people or government planning just because you are poor or living is slum areas.
    We all had seen the skyscrapers of Shanghai, the highways of china, Chinese product in cheap cost in our market and some wonder and some criticize them for price and quality but very few criticize them for the process of production or the unfair handling of labors to make them cheap. They are cheap not because of some production revolution but because of mishandling of people.
    This is not the China which Mao did not want to built, nor this is the china which is shown in the story. Even this is not the china which a common Chinese wanted. A place, where government shoots you because you don’t agree with it or remove you from your home because you are not fitting in its plan of development. Yes the economy of china was grown and become the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] largest, it has biggest foreign reserve and had a powerful military. I am not going into its not freeing Yuan like other currencies of world for valuation by market, neither in the threats of its military right now because it will take some more time to gather some information but I am more concerned with that common Chinese who is more threatened by china in comparison of any of us. This is why we feel threatened by china and its peaceful rise.
    The revolution of china is far from done and it’s now up to Chinese government and its people to decide which path china will fallow. The same which a lot of totalitarian governments fallowed and perished or the path which others followed and flourished. Till the day china doesn’t decide the entire world is watching it with gun near to hand.
     
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