Part 2 – Great Nations: Rising from the East

Visitors check their phones behind a screen advertising facial recognition software during the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing on 27 April 2018 (from Telegraph)

[ This post is a continuation from Part 1 on Great Nations. ]

There are new nations rising from the ashes. Undoubtedly, China is one, and South Korea is another. I predict there will be many more to come as nations become more developed. Future nation states will rise from the southern hemisphere, South, South-East and East Asia, and perhaps eventually Africa. Europe and North America and Japan have had its turn.

Today, there are far fewer products being made in the U.S.A. and the western world. There are only a few items I own with this label. What we are seeing far more of today is the label, “Made in China.”

We ask ourselves, where have the good ol’ days gone? We hear the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Nothing wrong with that. No doubt, America has had its days of greatness. Many products used to be produced in America and proudly stamped, “Made in the USA.” My father remembers those days. England used to be a great industrial nation. Germany and Japan are still strong but we are constantly look behind our backs and seeing other nations gaining ground.

Sadly, though, I do not foresee a total return to those good ol’ days of American made products. The cost of production is far too high and the value of world currencies do not help. I do not doubt America’s potential to produce top quality products. America still has the know-how and technology to succeed. However, what is most concerning is the spiritual condition of America’s national soul.

I am old enough to remember when America’s vehicles were considered unreliable and were not built to last, e.g., Ford’s vehicles were sadly referred to as: “Frequently On Repair Dock”. How true is this of many American-made products today? I don’t know. There used to be an innate desire in Americans to produce excellence but sadly it does not run throughout most of American society. Rather than producing quality and providing workers with good salary and benefits, corporate America is largely driven by profit and cost-cutting measures to benefit the bottom-line; hence, today’s desire of many people for Japanese-made and German-made vehicles like Lexus, Mercedes, and BMWs. It might seem surprising that some North Americans and most Europeans have never driven American-made vehicles.

I stated in a previous post, China is ramping up their production and innovation. As strong as they already are, I believe they have the potential to become even better. It might take a decade or two, but they will become one of the premier powerhouses in the world. Many predict that China will eventually overtake the United States in G.D.P. by this next decade. It has already become an innovation power-house. China is pouring billions into Research & Development. As I read about technology internationally, I’m learning about how they are now one of the top leaders (if not the top) in Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G networks, electric vehicles (EV), including solar energy and rechargeable batteries. I predict they will soon become the top providers of 5G technology in the world and artificial intelligence (hence America’s fear of Huawei).

It might just be a matter of time when China will improve and eventually overtake America in quality of production. Japan has already done so in many respects but have seemed to reached a plateau. My father remembers the days when Japanese products were also considered inferior products. That changed as Japan improved. Being younger, I only have memories of Japanese products being top-notch quality. Today, South Korea is gaining ground on Japan. Future generations will foreseeably consider Korean-made and even Chinese-made products as top-quality.

Chinese society and Chinese people are a people who vigorously strive for excellence. There is a deep-seated desire to become number one. One day, I was shocked to hear from my own daughter’s mouth, who is now only 11 years old, that she thinks China wants to become the world’s number one nation. I asked her where she got that impression? “Oh I don’t know”… or “I just know.” She likely picked it up from watching YouTube videos. I’ve seen a few myself. This is the impression that today’s younger generations have of China. It wasn’t like this when I was growing up. China was poor and looked down upon as a hopeless socialist basket-case country. Today, that’s changed.

In the future, perhaps a hundred years down the road, Chinese people might yearn to remember their good ol’ days too. China’s younger population will eventually decline and its overall population will shrink. Demographics experts predict trouble will begin looming on China’s horizon in about 30 years from now due to population shrinkage.

Today, however, China has a grand opportunity to make history. However, history will be remembered only if a nation becomes a spiritually strong people. How can this take shape? ( Read the next post. )

History’s mistake: China’s implosion into socialism

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My father told me horror stories about communism.  He left China after it imploded on itself (e.g., the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward).  He will never forget, and perhaps never forgive what the Communists did to destroy China and the Chinese people.  From 1949 to 1978, China was trapped in poverty.  People starved to death.  The People’s Revolution was a disaster.

Here in the west, we must never forget the horrors of socialism.  We must never allow socialism to creep into our social consciousness as a viable alternative.  It cannot ever become an alternative.  If implemented, the ideas of Bernie Sanders, the Green New Deal, etc., would be horrifying for any free nation.  It would set the nation on a course going backwards.

History is a good teacher.  Back in 1949, the Chinese people had bought into the lie that socialism/communism was going to be good for them. China wasn’t doing so well due to economic colonialism.  The tea trade, opium, and slave trade happening around the world had sunk China into a deeper state of social confusion.  It needed a way out and the Chinese thought that perhaps Communism could offer a way out of their state.

Maoist Communists got into power.  Their authoritarian regime inflicted huge economic, social, political and structural damage upon China.  It got worse.  It had set itself back for many generations and is still far behind what it could have been if China had not taken the route of socialism.  It has taken decades and generations to fix the big mess it created for itself.  It is still in recovery mode today.

TIME Magazine Cover: Teng Hsiao-p'ing, Man of the year -- Jan. 1, 1979Since 1978, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms enabled a collosal reversal away from its old-style communism.  During the last four decades, China has undergone a huge economic reform due to Deng Xiaoping.  It’s market system has enabled 800 million people to climb out of poverty creating the largest middle class in the world.

It’s truly an economic miracle that is happening today. However, this ought to be received as a testament that socialism does not work. Do not misunderstand this as a credit due to socialism.   China’s economic miracle happened because of free-market enterprise within the special economic zones (though couched within a centralized governing structure).  Insiders have already rejected old style socialism while remaining loyal to The Party.

An extraordinary social reform has also taken place.  Though still imperfect today, society is much freer today than when under Mao’s Communist rule.  There are far fewer travel restrictions.  Millions of Chinese have received education from abroad, and there will be millions more in the future.   In 2018, 134 million Chinese tourists traveled overseas.

Today, there are also a technological and infrastructural reforms. China is becoming a technological giant.  It is becoming a leader in robotics, artificial intelligence, and a giant in green solar energy.  Today, there are already more billionaires in China than in the U.S.

China is reforming the country incrementally from the inside.  Gradual change is safer and more secure than a sudden change.  Another revolution into free-market capitalism might cause a break-up of the country into smaller regions.

Akin to its Confucius history, Chinese people are respectful of their own political history and father of reform, Deng Xiaoping.  They will not jeopardize their gains by making too much of a sudden shift. A gradual shift will eventually happen (but we just won’t tell them).

Again, the reason for this post?  The proposed Green New Deal.  I know we’re not looking at old-style communism. But we must reject this entire philosophy as a whole.  Socialism in any form does not work.  Capitalism is proven to work.

When we look at what is happening in today’s modern China, we must be factor in that China had huge setbacks due to socialism.  If it were not for communism, China could be where South Korea is today. East Asians are smart, industrious, and have a drive to succeed in every way.  They will succeed socially, economically, politically, and hopefully, spiritually.

As a Christian, I pray for spiritual prosperity to lead the nation into true success.  Without a deep and guiding spirituality, China will eventually lose steam and sink into apathy and indifference.  This has already happened in many western nations in Europe and sections of American culture.

China has recognized the mistake it made in 1949.  Today’s nation states ought to remember the mistakes made throughout history.  What Russia could have been is another story in itself.  And what are still today’s Cuba and North Korea are utter disasters.

China: Surviving the Camps | by Zha Jianying | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

As in the Soviet Union, under Chairman Mao, the educated Chinese were either forcibly removed from their homes and confined to labor camps, jailed or killed.  All property owners had their property confiscated.  Anyone with property and money had their property seized.  The fortunate ones fled early to other parts of Asia like Singapore.

Anyone with skills, talent and gifts were considered to be the elite bourgois, and therefore, seen as suspect.  If they refused to join and pledge loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, they were either jailed, beaten or killed, or all three.

As a result, millions of people starved to death because of this stubborn socialistic ideology.  Millions of people were stuck indefinitely in poverty.  By the time they discovered Communion/Socialism was not the solution, it was too late.  They were now subjected under the new political ruling class.  The Communist Party used fear and intimidation to control the masses–even entire families and churches.  As a result, the church went underground.

Note, even today, the regime is still demolishing large evangelical churches that refuse to conform to Party ideologies because they believe in God as their supreme leader rather than the State (NY Times article and UK Express article).

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There was no escape because no one was left with money to start businesses. There was no one left with education and capital to invent new things or be creative with their talents.

Marxist ideologies of making everyone the same and economically equal was wrong-headed.  Socialism failed the millions of people they wanted to help escape poverty.   Their own poverty became more entrenched.  Adults suffered.  Children suffered.  The poor became poorer.

The only rich people were the Communist officials who accepted bribes. The result was far worse.  China imploded into itself.  No one had the courage to complain against the Communist Party.  The Party became god.  The Party rewarded those who reported on family members, friends, and neighbors who were sympathetic to the bourgeois.  The Communist state encouraged Party members to betray their own family and friends.  Very sad.

In the early days of Communism, they controlled the government-run media to feed the people Party propaganda. North Korea is using a similar propaganda media machine today.  (Today, CNN and CNBC are also leftist propaganda media-machines in America, minus the centralized government-control).  They do not critique their own socialistic policies. They just play the game and report what they are told.  News agencies are authentically fake news.  There is nothing more fake than the authoritarian socialistic propaganda machines.

Maoist China and today’s North Korea know how to put on a charade.  Men, women and children are told to put on happy faces, clean up the streets and add a new coat of paint.  Make everything look new and happy, while deep inside, the pain of socialism continues to hurt.  It’s like a make-believe Disneyworld, but socialist-style.  The people of Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea know it’s all a lie.  They want to change but live in fear of the Communist state.

Liberals, leftists, and socialists have not helped anyone except themselves. Look at Venezuela and what they’ve done to their own country today. It has self-imploded, following in the footsteps of other socialist countries.  It hasn’t learned from history’s mistakes. The people propelled crooked leaders into power who benefit from their own corrupt system of government.

It amazes me that an entire nation can become stuck in its own endless cycle of corruption without an access of escape.  Thank God we have representative democracies, or a democratic republic in the U.S.   We can freely elect new representatives into government to replace undesirable representatives.  It’s a dynamic system of government.  Socialistic authoritarian countries do not hold free elections.  Fellow ideologues are appointed into power.  This has begun to happen in the once free city-state of Hong Kong, thus, the yellow umbrella movement in 2014.

Does anything good ever come out of pure Communism and socialism?  Name one country where it has.

I would not label today’s China as a pure Communist system (even though they are in name).  They do not have old-age pensions or socialized medicare.  Seniors and the poor actually have to fend for themselves, or they need to be taken care of by their children.

In actual practice, Maoist and Stalinist Communism had dug a deep pit for the people.  The rich become poor; and the poor have no chance of becoming rich.  There is no middle class.  There is only a large mass of impoverished people.  For those who wait for the dream, there will only be darkness at the end of the tunnel.  Once they use up people’s money and intellectual capital, there will be nothing left to share.  There is no incentive to create wealth merely to be taken away.  Everyone will remain poor.

This is the same fate awaiting for people fighting for the Green New Deal and other socialistic-type parties.  Industries will grow weaker and eventually collapse into themselves due to their lack of social and economic liberties.

Socialism’s goals and ideals may appear attractive on the outside.  It spouts false propaganda giving false hope to the poor, the less-educated, and the disadvantaged.  We must educate ourselves by learning about history.  Some of our contemporary politicians today, e.g., Barack Obama, Pierre Trudeau (father of Justin Trudeau), and Bernie Sanders were educated by leftist ideologues at leftist institutions.  They are idealogues with ideas that do not actually work.

They did not see the full scope of history along with their mistakes. They were also misguided by the charade of socialism, and by the omission of Communist errors.  Have you ever heard them talk about the tragic errors of historic Communism?  No!  It does not register on their level of consciousness.  You will only hear and learn about these historic mistakes by reading and learning from free-market sources.

With every generation, socialism will try to rear its ugly head.  They might tack on a fresh and hip label: “Democratic…” or “People’s…”  It’s really just mascara and lipstick to make it look attractive to the younger generations.  These labels are a facade for something sinister hidden within.   Each generation must be forewarned of the potential dangers lurking.  May our generation today not make the same mistakes that were made in history.  Reject any and all forms of socialism.

The majority of Americans have rejected the socialist ideas of Bernie Sanders.  I hope Americans will also reject this new Green New Deal and the leftist ideology of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey.

Socialism will never stop trying to reinvent itself.  It will don a new disguise, try out a new look, and call itself something fresh and exciting.  Believe me, there is nothing new under the sun.  Don’t be fooled.  The mascara, the blush, and lipstick will never cover up its hideousness on the inside.  On the exterior, it might sound and look appealing, but on the inside, it’s all the same.  It will utterly fail the people and set nations back for decades and generations.

America, please do not fall for socialism.  Doing so would be at America’s peril.  Same goes for Europe, Canada and other countries who might find these ideas appealing.  Their policies would set nations back, as socialism did to China.

America must stand, if even alone, to be that light in the darkness.  Free-market capitalism balanced with people’s love and compassion for their fellow human will always win.

Christians in China’s house churches still being persecuted

For people who think that the Communist government in modern China is no longer persecuting Christians who worship in house churches, here is very recent news.  Though China (PRC) seems to be modernizing, their human rights and freedom of religion is still far behind.

By The Associated Press | The Canadian Press 2 hour 51 minutes ago

BEIJING, China – Beijing police on Sunday detained at least a dozen worshippers from a Christian house church who were trying to hold services in a public space after they were evicted from their usual place of worship.

Leaders of the unregistered Shouwang house church had told parishioners to gather at an open-air venue in Beijing for Sunday morning services, but police, apparently alerted to their plans, taped off the area and took away people who showed up to take part.

About a dozen people were escorted by police onto an empty city bus and driven away.

Christians in China are required to worship in state-run churches, but house churches are becoming increasingly popular, despite being technically illegal and subject to police harassment.

Shouwang had been holding services in a Beijing restaurant until last week, when they were evicted from that venue.

One parishioner who evaded police told The Associated Press that no one made it to the open-air mezzanine where services were to take place. The man would give only his English name, Kane, for fear of police reprisals. …Source here