Looking for a perfect China? or US? or rather things that unite us all--humankind!
Never too late to return to sanity for the sake of human survival on earth. Think of all the innocent ordinary peoples first.
The United States, the current greatest hegemon in the world, is the richest, most powerful and influential nation on world. Yes or no, does it matter? As for the world audience, some like her, other not and many in between. In the last 50 years, its science and technology has advanced so much that we take space travel and advances in medical treatments and computer technology for granted. Mankind has benefited from these advancements from US and others.
However, there are dark sides of the US that readers should know about. The information mentioned here is not meant to demonize the US but rather provide a contemporary understanding of current US domestic and foreign policy.
One most admired value in the US is the relative freedom of expression guaranteed by the US constitution under the First Amendment. Where else in the world can you get “counter government information” from its own citizens publicly? However, there is a dark side on American Exceptionalism. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-12/mayfield-the-dark-side-of-american-exceptionalism/5961458
From these Americans, we learned of the history behind US racists attitudes towards the Chinese in the last two centuries. They also gave reasons for the US-China trade war and particularly the inability of US to “tolerate” a rising China and a “competitor” on all fields.
The deterioration of US-China relation started with the trade war where the huge US deficit is blame on China, citing unfair trade practices and technology theft. Then came the Cold War-2 which is the primary aim of the US to demonize and contain China as a potential rivalry of her hegemony status in the world. Covid-19 pandemic escalated tensions and introduced Sino-phobia back to US, followed by another controversial Congress bill supporting HK protesters, violent or not. The Cold War-2 rhetoric had heated up when aggressive Pompeo started to beat the war drums. While their innocent ordinary peoples are suffering from COVID pandemic, job losses and financial depression.
Meanwhile at home in Australia, despite the warning of collateral damage to 1.2 million Chinese Australians who are loyal to Australia, the echoing of US Cold War-2 rhetoric has not diminished. This matter has created a genuine nightmare for the Chinese Australians and innocent ordinary Australians who are worried of “China invasion”, job losses and financial depression.
The 1.2 million Chinese Australians have no control over the winds of geopolitical changes but would wish for a better world with the superpowers co-existing together. We send our best wishes to the innocent ordinary American, Australian and Chinese peoples, hoping once they can distinguish the true facts from propaganda, no one will support their leaders going to wars. As for the big capitalists’ dream everywhere, hoping to make tons of money which will be rendered useless with radiation from a nuclear war.
We are aware of selfish Trump’s re-election plots. We still hope after the November election, the world will be returned to sanity and let pragmatic constructive diplomacy take over again rather than the war mongering gunboat diplomacy.
The world is but one nation and its peoples on this earth are interdependent on one another. Together we could look for things that unite us. Together we can overcome any hardship, the pandemics and poverty etc, rather than blowing ourselves up! Bring home your soldiers and children No more bombings! No more killings. No more wars! Let all the peoples live harmoniously with love, kindness, caring and sharing.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelly, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Kingsley Liu, Daphne Lowe, Tony Pang, Junxi Su, Tony Tang, Dr Yen-Yung Yap, Li Zhang, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM