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Stop bitching, embrace Sun Tzu and Deng Xiaoping instead

February 8, 2010

It was obvious to everyone that the honeymoon between China and the Obama administration is officially over and the two countries are risking going to an all-out trade war.  China certainly has a lot to be unhappy about:  Hillary went on a crusade on Google’s behalf to lambast China. More arms sales to Taiwan Province.  Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama as planned.  Obama vowed to be tough on China with regard to trade issues.  I lost track of how many “protests” the Chinese government has lodged over the past two weeks.  Like what, 10?  It is too painful to watch. The Chinese government is acting like a cry-baby who is desperately seeking attention and letting others know that “I am hurt!”.  Yes they get the point.  What are you going to do? What are you going to do?

It is getting absurd.  Beijing has sunk to a new low with this one.  Apparently what the Chinese leadership doesn’t understand is that this sort of scare tactics don’t work.  Prolonged whining makes one look pathetic and weak.  Instead of relentlessly protesting and bitching which did absolutely nothing in its favor and further propping up people like the Dalai Lama (and Rebiya Kadeer) as anti-authoritarian heroes along the way, the Chinese government should take a step back and start re-embracing Sun Tzu.  Have they not learnt anything from their ancestors?  A war of words rarely works.  Stop talking and start doing.  Hit it where it hurts the most.

The west can talk about China’s so-called “triumphalist attitude” all they want.  The important thing is the Chinese themselves must not be confused and misled to think that the times are really different now.  “Hide your capacities and bide your time” from the late leader Deng Xiaoping rings truer than ever.  중국 아자 아자 파이팅!

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  1. February 8, 2010 6:43 pm

    ““Hide your capacities and bide your time” from the late leader Deng Xiaoping rings truer than ever.”

    I think that cat is pretty much out of the bag, although it is something of a cultural knee-jerk for China to play down its new-found wealth and power.

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