Monday, October 15, 2018

China Blaming US Over-Estimation

In the frame of Sino-US relations rapidly getting worse, here comes another bad joke from Washington DC.

Only recently, in a speech held at the Hudson Institute, US vice-president Mike Pence told the world that " America is rebuilding China ".

Anybody gifted with some common sense and who has a basic knowledge about China's history could imagine such US ambitions as being far from realistic. Even though some bad habits of early capitalism already swapped into China since the times of Deng Xiao Ping and which could be classified as America's "cultural contribution" to China's development, the Chinese people are generally reputed for their affinity to hard work and their efficiency while doing business, as long as they are not hampered by any state doctrine or law. The idea of America rebuilding China therefore remains mere wishful thinking.

I recently met with some Chinese saying of unknown origin and which goes :
" The Chinese make it with their engineers, the Americans with their lawyers. "


Zhang WenZong: " America rebuilding China " ?
The Americans themselves don't believe it.

Zhang WenZong is a director of the Department of US Political
Affairs at the China Institute of Modern International Relations.


“重建”通常和战争之后的经济快速复兴联系在一起。如果说美国内战后的重建靠的是美国人 自己,第二次世界大战后欧洲和日本的经济重建离不开美国的帮助,大体还是符合历史事实 的。近十多年里,美国在南亚、中东和北非先后发动和参与了几场战争,但至今也没能帮助 被战火和动荡蹂躏过的阿富汗、伊拉克和利比亚完成战后重建,甚至已经公开放弃重建的 目标。美国尚没能力“重建”只有几千万人口的国家,何况十几亿人口的中国,“重建中国” 说可谓大言不惭、自作多情。

"Rebuilding" is often associated with a fast revival of economy after a war.

While reconstruction after America's Civil War relied on the Americans themselves, the economic reconstruction of Europe and Japan after World War II could not be separated from the help of the United States, and which is generally consistent with historical facts.

During the past ten years (and even longer), the United States have launched and participated in several wars, following each other in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. However, [the US] have not been able up to now to help Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, when ridden by the flames of war and unrest, to complete post-war reconstruction. [The US] even more officially abandoned their goal of reconstruction.

The United States are [therefore obviously] unable to "rebuild" a country of only some ten million inhabitants, let alone China with its around one billion inhabitants.

To speak of "rebuilding China" [therefore] means making big words without shame out of an over-estimation of oneself.

[SINA economy 新浪财经 on October 15, 2018]

A similar article on that subject was printed today by People's Daily 人民日报:


"Rebuilding China" ? America's exaggerated self-confidence.

A brandnew painting in the White House fitting to the subject:
The Republican Club by Andy Thomas
showing Donald Trump in a meeting with former US presidents.

Some Arabic guy posted another version on Twitter and which could be named:
魔鬼的约会 Meeting of the Demons اللقاء من الأباليس
A masterpiece of post-modern realism !


Chicago visitor to "blueprint news" reminding of Donald Trump's pecularity of calling names.

Separate visitor statistics are available for another and much older website of mine where an entry into "blueprint news" was created on the main page from the very beginning of that news blog.

Such statistics are far more professional than those offered for free by the blog provider of "blueprint news". As visitors to that older site can be expected to enter the latest posts on "blueprint news" rather than any old stuff already published years ago, the statistics for that access page might serve as an additional indicator who is really visiting "blueprint news".

Between October 1st and October 17, 2018, such additional statistics still recorded some thousand hits, many coming from Russian servers like *.ru and *.su (for the former Soviet Union and still existing !) and from the USA as well (28 hits alone from Washington servers including one from Capitol Heights).

Visitors from China came about with several hundred page hits in the same period of time. Chinese server access was detected from 15 destinations like Beijing, Chaoyang, Guizhou, Harbin, Shanghai, and Wuhan, delivering a total of 546 page hits.

New national laws on the protection of private data and an increasing trend among internet users to anonymize their appearance on the web make it steadily harder to detect the origin of visitors. As such detection is only intended to present the variety of visitors to "blueprint news" without getting too personal and without financial interest, anonymization can lead to the simple result that I lose interest in the translation of high-quality news and comments from Chinese and Arabic sources, and this would mean a loss of diversity on the web.

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