Coal faces slow death in China

A good documentary by CGTN. One can feel the uplifting positive and warm feelings that are always missing from the likes of CNN, BBC, ABC etc.

It is through China that we can glimpse a better future for humanity.

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Jin Canrong talk on China-US relationship and the future

金灿荣 20180603 中美关系与未来世界变局

Next year, China might intervene militarily in Taiwan …

Next big issue after Taiwan, is the South China Sea. TheUS logic, if it loses the SCS, it will lose world dominance (hegemony). This, the US cannot accept.

Google translate ….

How to look at China’s history to lead and then rise to catch up can’t just be simply interpreted as the fact that science and technology lag behind mankind as society’s animal science and technology is the crystallization of social organization as economic foundation determines the superstructure as science and technology are determined by social organization and social needs.

The so-called human method, the law of the earth, the law of nature, and the law of nature, human society are based on the so-called natural environment and the geo-environmental environment. They rely on the so-called backing of the mountain to eat seawater, the temperature of the sea, the use of the river, the development of the agricultural waterfront, fishing on the grassland, and the nomadic resources. Too rich in food and drink does not need to organize a variety of natural environments to determine the organizational form of society latitude 30 degrees This is not organized to hungry stomach to organize a place rich in riches formed a cradle of human civilization and the natural environment of other places It is not too harsh or too comfortable to form organizational forces.

The so-called “teaching without class” is not a problem with the race and IQ of these places. However, the natural geo-environment makes China’s geo-environment one of the most suitable places for farming culture and unlike the Middle East. Relatives of Chinese civilizations such as Egypt and India The situation of shutting down the external intrusion and interference is the highest in the period of feudal agriculture. The highest organizational dividend is when the distribution of dividends is inequitable. However, the dividends of large organizations are the highest. Therefore, the long-term cooperation must be repeated. There is a 5,000-year uninterrupted Chinese civilization.

Why China? Can not develop the so-called science and technology right way of the capitalist industrial revolution, or because science and technology is determined by the social organization and social needs. The richness of Chinese products is not bragging. It differs from external civilizations in that China is a self-sufficient and geographical environment. Relatively closed social civilization, but things always have two sides. It is an advantage. It is also a disadvantage. On the one hand, it ensures that the Chinese civilization is inexhaustible. On the one hand, external variables are lacking. The source of power.

The geo-environment of the West is different. He is an open ocean civilization. Geographical and external exchanges and transactions are his everyday and extremely vulnerable to external interference.

Europe has never formed a unified pattern. In the era of farming civilization, its degree of civilization is not as good as in the Middle East. With the North African, but the so-called Possibly, then the Europeans began to trade through the Silk Road and the East.

The strong empire of the Ottoman Empire, which was lifted up by the Middle East, forced him to embark on the road to finding a new route. Great navigation created the geographical discovery of the Americas. The rich resources to upgrade the poor Europe in an instant and science and technology are determined by social organization and social needs. Europe has excess resources but he does not have the problem of how the population solves the problem of population labor. First, it complements the population. Then there is the slave trade. It is the promotion of unit productivity that is, the technological revolution has become a huge impetus for the social needs of society.

The industrial revolution has raised the organizational power of human society to a level. At this time, China does not have such an urgent need for social resources. There will be no increase in unit production The backwardness of China in the social needs of the technological revolution is not a matter of people but a problem of geo-environment. China has created the pinnacle of farming civilization.

The West has opened up the industrial revolution. These are the inevitable results of the evolution of geo-conditions. China as a whole ended its geographical closure and acquired external variables. It was forced to learn from outside the hundred-year humiliation of the external invasion.

Industrial fragmentation The fragmented division of the West condemned the irreconcilability of the contradictions between the powers. China regained the great unification in the cracks of the dispute between the powers. China’s geopolitical resource population and social organizational strength have once again emerged in the social competition. When the cold war confronts China’s competitiveness under economic globalization, a strong economic miracle is the inevitable result.

Now many people are worried about Western technology monopolies, but in fact, monopoly technology is the most unreliable monopoly. The reason why there are technologically advanced and backward countries is that the most fundamental reason lies in its social organization and its social organization is based on the natural environment and the geopolitical environment.

An organization that has industrialization strength (such as natural resources such as water, where the population’s carrying capacity lies close to the sea, and the resistance to external disturbances, such as walls, is indispensable) will not be successful. The scientific and technological blockade is doomed to be a so-called blockade in which science and technology are determined by social organization and social needs.

What has happened in China for ten years is not how high the Chinese people’s IQ is, but China’s technologically demanding social science and technology has a huge social impetus. If you don’t block China for a while, you don’t have this social demand. Once you earn a blockade, you are equal to giving China a huge social drive. Standing on the height of history and social development, there is no technology that can monopolize people.

The most difficult place to change is the geographical location (which can be changed like the Great Nautical Railway and Unicom). Is the social organization (there is no ideal social organization that is out of reality) The monopoly of technology monopolies seems to be built on the contrary in the context of your lack of environmental and organizational power. Even if you don’t set limits on a region with insufficient environmental and organizational power, its development will not be like some people.

The imagination is a thousand miles away (India is an example) After all, people are social animals and societies are built on the basis of the environment. Therefore, the organizations and consciousness in many areas are not wonderful. They do not want to go for the so-called science and technology but they do not have this condition and their organization. Form is what kind of human race to produce in this environment. It is a part of nature and human being. Subjective initiative cannot be separated from objective reality.

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Across China – building green home together

Across China (走遍中国) is a CTV4 documentary series that covers many topics of interests in China. Rather than having experts talking and perhaps boring us to death, these series visited those people and places that are actually making China a better place for humanity.

Following is a 5 part sub-series on ‘Building green home together’ (共筑绿色家园). I’m impressed by what’s happening and if more people (and countries)  can learn from this, I’m sure our world will be a much better and happier place to live.



part 2

part 3

part 4

part 5

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Kishore Mahbubani, ‘Has the West lost it?’

Prof. Mahbubani talking with CGTN host Liu Xin.

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Going to jail after losing power

Going to jail after losing power; Western political party system encounters Waterloo in Asia?

(Just read this article today from Guancha site. Original is in Chinese, and following is mine and Google’s translation.)

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According to media reports,  Malaysia’s ‘new’ Prime Minister Mahathir on June 20 said that investigators have found solid evidence to bring criminal charges against former Prime Minister Najib. Within 10 days after being defeated in the general election, Najib has fallen into disgrace from prime minister into a suspected criminal.

The divisive politics in Asia
In Asia, Najib is not the only example. On April 6, 2018, former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was sentenced to  24 years imprisonment and a fine of 18 billion won. Another former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is also facing a trial of related crimes. Earlier, the former Prime Minister of Thailand Yingla was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Thai Supreme Court, and her elder brother and also former  Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was forced into exile. On July 15, 2017, the Philippine Ombudsman’s Office ordered the prosecution of Aquino III on the basis of criminal law and anti-corruption laws, and Aquino III’s predecessor, Arroyo, had been involved in corruption and plundering government funds for five years. She was indicted and detained, was acquitted only after  Duterte came into power.

When so many leaders of Asian countries become imprisoned after their respective political parties lost powers, it is not hard to deduce that the political system adopted in these countries have problems. For a long time, Western democratic theory uses “loyal opposition parties” to describe opposition parties in multi-party systems, and this peaceful alternation of political powers achieved through elections is seen as an important advantage of Western political models. However, why do some Asian countries and regions that have also adopted Western party politics appear to have this problem of leaders going into prison when they step down from office? Is it because they have not really established enough f Western-style party politics, or is that the Western party politics they adopted is too divisive?

Judging from the time, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia have implemented Western-style political systems for more than half a century. It is difficult to say that their political systems are not yet Western enough. What is more important is that after decades of development of the western party system established in these countries, the situation of political divisiveness has become more serious. From an intuitive point of view, the Western party politics they adopted is inherently problematic. 

Political Party’s Western Soil

Western political parties originate in parliamentary politics. Only through political elections can one elite faction win against other factions to garner state power. Therefore, the original intention of Western political parties is to divide the existing state power, and factionalism has pretty much the same meaning as the Western political system. Western societies usually call the early political party a caucus party. At the beginning of the United States, Washington, Jefferson, and Madison all saw political parties as synonymous with factionalism. Therefore, from the day of its creation, Western political party system laid the ground for contentious and divisive politics and society.

However, the disintegrative disadvantages of western party politics have been greatly suppressed and restricted in the early days of Western society. In general, Western countries all belong to the preemptive countries. Before the formation of political parties, sovereign states have formed. However, during this period, the general public has not yet awakened and the political struggle is mainly manifested in the struggle between the political elite’s internal factions. This elite circle of a few people has a common interest, a homogeneous culture, and a social circle that blends in with each other. Although there are competing interests in the elite circle, almost all elites are very clear that they have common interests,  which differs from most people. Therefore, during this period, it was easier for the elite circle to reach basic consensus. The concept of the “Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition” was born under this condition. Here, “Her Majesty, the National Interest” is actually synonymous with the common interests of elite groups.

With changes brought about by industrialization, the general public began to be awakened. Their willingness to participate in politics has become increasingly strong, and the disintegrative genes of political parties in the West have begun to show up.  Party politics that were monopolized by the elite circles was seriously challenged. In order to gain public support to win elections, political parties in Western countries have gradually moved from factional parties within the political elite circle to formal inclusive parties or “all-people political parties” to represent the interest of the entire society.  Hence it is no longer possible for the elite factions to form a consensus within the elite circle that was different from the general public. After the Cold War, there emerged a new phenomenon in party politics in Western countries. This is what Francis Fukuyama referred to as “veto politics.”

Overall, with the change of time and society, the tradition of “loyal opposition” still exists in today’s Western countries, but it is no longer as pervasive. Fighting between political parties has become more intense, and populist and ‘extreme’ views have risen rapidly.

Why Asia

Why is the divisive tendency in political system worst in non-Western countries and regions? This is due to how these were created,  the historical as well as cultural reasons. Family politics has a long tradition in Asia. The combination of family politics and western party politics will intensify the factional struggle in society. In addition, among the above-mentioned Asian countries mentioned above, except for Thailand, most of them gained independence after the war. The establishment of party politics and the establishment of national sovereignty are almost in sync with each other. There has never been a basic consensus among elite factions in the country.  Therefore the concept of “loyal opposition” in Western party politics is difficult to take root in Asian countries. Under such a social condition, implementing a Western-style competitive multi-party system will undoubtedly aggravate the social division.

In Western countries, the divisive tendency of a competitive multi-party system leads to “veto politics” and it leads to governing inefficiency. However, in some Asian countries, “factional politics” and “family politics” have been spawned, and political parties have been replaced by the factions in life and death struggles. From this point of view, although Western party politics originated in Western countries, although Western countries also have serious drawbacks they need to overcome,  the most serious failures in Western party politics is the introduction of Western models to non-Western countries. This is a political phenomenon that requires much needed attention.



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