Just a minor note on dreams, American and Chinese
China-US: Some Similarities
A bit long, but worth perusing .... use the red highlights to skip around ... note at 10-10, most figures loaded, although some with photographs of figures, so they look a little ... unkempt. Apologies.
The US and China are two big countries and big countries with modern economies will necessarily have some similar problems. Middle class Chinese have concerns quite similar to those of middle class Americans.
We write all the time about differences between the US and China. Amid the anxiety and paranoia about ascendant China it might help to consider a few ways in which the US and China are similar. Just for some perspective. I'm not suggesting identical causation, only similarities in the way people experience the world. I ignore a lot of other similarities and all the differences in this short list. Some items might be interesting or fun or a bit of nourishment for you. No one should take this as an intimate analysis of those similarities that I do find. I am not making an argument here, just listing some elements of culture or economics that I find similar in China and the US.
Made in China 2025 … and by GOP 2025
A brief note on choice of dates … and choice of policies. I don’t think CCP and GOP are directly coordinating policy, but they have constructed curiously sympatico … and apparently similarly timed … programs for major world restructuring. One economic and technological, one political and radically reactionary.
Prolegomenon for all of foreign affairs for the next decade or two
I get accused of writing excessively long posts. Mea culpa. This one is long, but not my writing. I include in full four articles, all coming to me within the last couple of days. Together, they lay out a Chinese plan for the decades, a Sino-Russian plan for the decades, point to the shallowness of American hegemony, and lessons to be learned for America and allies going forward. Yeah, I know, long and a little boring. Altogether, an interesting take on the future most of us will not see. You don’t have to read them all at one sitting. Enjoy.
Occupying the UN - What a Community of Common Destiny will look like
Around 2005, our Chinese government students in Chicago were quite interested in our notions of NGOs. They had a tough time with NGOs like community organizations that received most or all of their funding from the local government, and then sometimes took positions directly opposed to local government proposals. In Chinese terms, WTF?
A question never really asked ...
... in force in American politics, but is the heart of Confucian thinking about leadership - how will this policy help the people? The Confucian leader is judged according to that standard - and don't give me the innovation and tax-cuts-create-jobs crap.