I keep reading stuff in the news that reminds me of stuff I wrote a long time ago. My ego demands I put it here for my mom and friends to read, and agree with. Today’s example is an excellent essay by Dr. Christopher Ford, called Sinocentrism for the Information Age: Comments on the 4th Xiangshan Forum.
Here is the intro to the story:
“On November 15-18, 2012, Dr. Ford attended the 4th Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, an event sponsored by the International Military Branch of the China Association for Military Science of the Academy of Military Science of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The paper he presented to this conference appears on NPF and on the Hudson Institute website. Below, however, appears a follow-up essay based upon Dr. Ford’s experiences at the conference, where he served on a Roundtable discussion group focused upon strategic mutual trust.”
So what did Dr. Ford experience? In the clear, polite, yet piercing language of the consummate professional Dr. Ford describes nothing more than Chinese generals demanding everyone in the world shut up and do what China says with regard to any and all issues that have even the slightest relation to China. I can just imagine everyone at the “Roundtable” trying to control their anger, shaking their heads at Chinese bombasticism, and trying their best to use logic and “facts” to convince these generals that there may be an alternative view of reality that they have not yet considered.
Reminds me of a dinner I once had with an Air Force colonel, his family and friends, and Luna. The colonel was Luna’s “uncle” and I was her “foreign friend” – I shudder to think of what the two of us had in common. Whatever we did have in common re: Luna would remain the only bridge to cross, due to entrenched political views on his side and imperialist lies on mine. Naturally, crossing the only bridge between us was unthinkable. In fact, Luna kept her head down for the entire dinner.
Long story short, Colonel Tight-britches said that the US had never won a war in Asia, that any attempt to do so would end the same way the Korean War had (Total Defeat and Humiliation at the Hands of the Chinese), and that in order to avoid utter defeat, the US had better recognize the wisdom inherent in all Chinese due to 5,000 years of continued, unbroken, glorious civilization and just get with the program.
The Program being, in summary: acknowledge China as Master and move within a worldview that establishes said acknowledgement as the basis for any and all interaction.