The Chinese are coming! That's been the focus of the media during and before the visit of Chinese President Hu to the United States.
I read all sorts of reports, see all sorts of projections and some of them actually come true. In 1991, I read an eerie report about the USA of 2010, how the US had declined due to the porous borders, decades of trade deficits and free-falling education levels in recent generations. It painted the picture of a nation on the way out, unable to afford to maintain its world class weaponry or keep "superiority" technologies ahead of competing powers.
I sat in on a meeting that discussed and largely dismissed these reports and predictions. The "technology-gap" was the big defense. Chinese missiles were fundamentally inaccurate and underpowered. We could still nuke them more accurately and quickly. Of course, China succeeded in obtaining our missile guidance secrets during the Clinton administrations - and the rest is history. With the missile gap now for all intents negligible and with trillions of dollars to build weapons, they are, even now, building a military the likes of which the world has never seen.
But perhaps the most scary aspect is the success of the Chinese leadership to sustain the idea that democracy is not in China's best interests - or other nations best interests in their young generations. AN ITV interview relayed by PBS (who else?) has a fascinating edited interview worth watching:
What I loved best was the way this one girl, extremely lucid, rational and seemingly intelligent could use hand quotes " " when describing dictatorships or describe America's pride in its soldiers as "cute". It might be fun to teleport her back to the intellectual purging of the Mao era, the book burnings and mass murders. Or perhaps a quick trip to the killing fields of Cambodia, where even her glasses might earn her a death sentence - because it implied she actually reads. The S-21 torture center for the Khmer Rouge would be an eye-opener, I'm sure. I wonder if this group of confidently communist young intellectuals could still wonder at why the United States feels personal liberty is the core value of a worthy government and that US soldiers have indeed saved people around the world from "dictatorships".
Zhao Liang, Ashley Zhang and her comrades impress me in their calm and rational discourse. They are the byproduct of the Chinese appreciation of balance. You will not hear the cries of the emotionally compromised, only calm, soothing discussion. Which is always a powerful tool in swaying the minds of others. I would love to see the raw footage of this interview before the editors put it together and packaged it, but even in its present state it affords one valuable insights. Julie Wang is quite courageous to say her government made mistakes in imprisoning the Nobel winning dissident Liu Xiaobo. I even refrained from including her name in the blog title, because any undue western attention to her comments might earn her a visit from the Chinese thought police. The others all laugh knowingly and uncomfortably as she speaks and this scene tells the entire story.
Yes, the future of China belongs to women such as Zhao, Ashley and Julie - and whether or not their experiences will afford them ever broader perspectives. The reports emerging now from the think-tanks regarding the future are much darker than those of the past. In the intelligence community, a very dark pessimism has established itself and many within are privy to a discomfiting truth: the US, barring a miracle change in its population demographics, will continue its slide down towards poverty and mediocrity. Eventually the US will be unable to protect or free anyone. Its own borders will be home to those who don't value laws, who abuse drugs and whose sole interest is the basest forms of pacification.
In a larger sense, I am not concerned with the fate of the US. History demands that the US fade and decline. The question is simply a matter of how long it can last. A hundred years is a very short time indeed. Rome had many centuries to lay down the model for law and order. Western values which created the United States are the things truly threatened. Democracy and personal liberty did not originate in the USA. The USA merely was a nation established upon these western ideals - the byproducts of philosophers, the bloody pages of history and human wisdom which could conceive and understand these ideals.
Our world is a catchall for the galaxy. It is one of the few with no fundamental frequency birth screening in place. Like a nation without borders - the Earth is a subway station filled with commuters from all over. Until these fundamental frequency screening technologies are developed and understood, nuclear wars and dictators of the worst sort will continue to appear with regularity. A genocide on a lower world often leads to a surge in births here on Earth - younger souls, if you will, for whom violence and emotionalism are both primary expressions. This throws off the balance and the Earth goes through a dark age, an inquisition or a world war. Unfortunately, only seldom do we receive an influx of older souls to spur a "renaissance" or a "modern age" of invention, thought and compassion.
China is destined to play a large part in the future of Earth. If all goes well, it will take up the banner where the US leaves off and become a champion of personal liberty and freedom. This will only occur when the young get to see more of the world and can compare governments and policies towards their citizens. Technocracy is doing much of this for us. The most powerful weapon is communication and freedom will always find favor with the majority of men and women who are not already brainwashed by religious fanatics or by some government propaganda.