US welcomes Strong China - the Rise of the Confucian Fascist bloc?

"The rise of a strong, prosperous China can be a source of strength for the community of nations," Mr Obama said in a speech in Japan's capital, Tokyo." [bbc]

Why is it that the U.S. is making such overt overtures to China as opposed to India. The phrase, ‘keep your enemies closer’ comes to mind. Unlike India, China, besides Japan in the past, is the most expansionist power in s.e.Asia.


In a recent conversation on China, a Chinese girl from singapore queried, ‘but China never attacked any country outside of itself right?’ I said, that is a myth. The China of today is a product of 2000 years of expansion from the year 221b.c. to the present. The size of the ‘China’ Shi Huang Ti ‘united’ is perhaps a quarter or third of the China of today. Much of that which is considered to be China since time immemorial was actually ‘united’ by the Mongols and maintained by a China that has been trained to value one way of thought over various perspectival highways. The expansion of China might have continued except that they were halted by vastly differing states such as India in the west, and Arabia in the north. All other states s.e.Asia tended to have tributary relations with China instead of India which has been fiercely maintained as a loose and multicultural confederation of states for just about all of its history, and where Kings took pride in ruling lands ruled by Kings as they saw no virtue in ruling a land of weak people amongst whom there can be only one ‘Son of Heaven’. (refer to the term, ‘Maharajadhiraja’, or ‘King of Kings’) – and which explains why the Indians from the subcontinent are one of the most perspectivally vibrant peoples in the whole of s.e.Asia, and also why they are commonly ‘less preferred’ in predominantly subservient and traditionalist Confucian states for their critical talents.

But Chinese expansion still continues in other forms. Let’s not forget Tibet, and how China’s diaspora is quite adept at acquiring other s.e.Asian nations for the motherland as witnessed in Singapore for instance – where an originally Malay country now has ‘Mandarin’ as its ‘mother tongue’ – in terms of the promotion of mandarin and Chinese culture over all others, and the government policy of maintaining a Chinese majority – whilst paying lip service to the English that is fronted as the official language. This would, in a way, explain the continuance of the fascist ‘bumiputra’ (sons of the earth) policy in Malaysia which maintains the advantage of the Malays over all others, as, possibly, out of fear that what took place in singapore might also take place there. It’s unfortunate that fascism is used to counter fascism. Both lose out in terms of the value other perspectives can add to predominant ones. Whilst socialism has been historically subverted by capitalism in other countries, fascism seems to breed fascism in other states as a protective response.

So, given the advance of Confucian fascism in s.e.Asia, and given that India is not as belligerent in its multiculturalism so as to serve as a counterweight to China’s monocultural ethos, we cannot blame the U.S. for allying itself with China in the East. The fact that Obama pays no heed to China’s fascist intrusion into Tibet or Xinjiang, the fact that he can attend a summit in singapore which is a verifiably fascist state where the government has used the Chinese population to supplant difference whilst maintaining a policy that is identical to the BNP, indicates that the U.S. is not about global unity, but is responding to a seemingly unassailable eastern fascism in the making. That is why Obama might couch his getting into bed with China in terms of a ‘pragmatic co-operation’, which, in Chinese terms, refers to the populace leaving politics in the hands of the politicians whilst ‘pragmatically’ concerning themselves with working hard to get around the consequences of popular political failure – which is, in a cockleshell, the essence of Chinese ‘pragmatism’.

My mom, an avid follower of the BBC for more than 30 years – I always remember the BBC world service being turned on at 5 in the morning – has said for sometime that there is no significant different between the Americans and the Chinese. I’m inclined to agree. Both view themselves as the ‘greatest nations on earth’; see themselves as the centre of civilisation; have a fanatically patriotic population; are inclined toward a superficial or self-absorbed appreciation of reality where the other is generally a means for self-aggrandizement; and tend to place the beginning of events at the point that they are personally affected, even when they might have previously set things in motion; and are afflicted with the selfsame, ‘you’re either with us or against us’ syndrome. Of course there are differences, but I have to wonder after how the similarities might render the differences superficial enough to render ‘American’ nothing more than a dialect group of ‘Chinese’.

Finally, the American recognition of China in this context will pave the way for the reinforcement of the already growing ‘asian democratic’ movement in China and Singapore that forwards a ‘dual-humanity’ vision of reality. In this, democracy, human rights, and human nature and potentials are appreciated, or depreciated, as cultural idiosyncrasies that ought to be respected as ‘culture’ or ‘our way of doing things’. So if democracy in the west means the movement to eradicate all forms of bigotry, in the east, it is already pervasively referring to cultural fascism applied to the point that there are no distinctions between previously distinctive peoples.

I hate to say this, but as the Chinese diaspora have been sadly deprived of the opportunity to perspectivally advance beyond the confines of its monocultural history, with the aid of exposure to different others, by those who demand that the perspectives of the motherland are adhered to by those taught to identify themselves as 'Chinese', it has come to a point that the Chinese diaspora has now transitioned to being China’s offshore militia stomping on difference and creating a ‘Greater China’ without. The success of this movement in the once Malay, then multicultural, and now Chinese state of singapore is a quintessential case in point. And given the validation received by Obama's thumbs-up for China 'as is' - already reinforced by their hosting the Olympics - the Chinese of today and future generations will have even less reason for critical introspection and will continue the 2000 year old march to assimilate all difference and bring to regional realisation the traditional Chinese view that all civilised peoples will conform to a cultural centre. With China’s increasing elevation with the ‘pragmatic co-operation’ of the U.S., it will serve to further provide China and its diaspora with a mutually advanced self-efficacious boost that is going to, in time, further strengthen Confucian fascism in s.e.Asia and present much of the entire region as the Byzantine half of a global exploitative empire.

God save us all.


a2,


ed

2 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Ed. I think that relations with India get neglected because most people believe that everything with them is "cool" as folks around here would put it. I also think that people feel that by including China, they'll see that they don't need to be "a bunch of jerks like that" as I am fond of talking about oppressive governments (including my own.)
    I get that we have little concept of oppression as compared to other places in the world, but it's so easy to regress into that as we have been prone to do.
    In our culture, the worst behaved child gets all of the attention and resources while the child that is a credit to its family is often ignored. When parents are confronted with this inequity, the most common excuse is that the former child "needed me more."
    Nevermind how assine that sounds, it is how people often think. Since India seems to be the responsible one that doesn't cause trouble, China needs the aid, the collaboration, the empowerment, etc. Nevermind the fact that people are secretly hoping that China will help protect the world from N. Korea. If you weren't laughing, you'd be crying, Ed.

    PS: There are a lot of horrible things going on in India, but the way that most of those folk interact with the world is fairly impressive. I wish that more people would atleast expose themselves to the outlook and philosophy of those guys. In my own twisted mind, they developed a lot of that wisdom as a product of the strife that they've been through.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Nik,

    You're right about the Indians. Due to what i term, cultural and political instability-cum-interaction with highly distinctive differences, the Indians have developed quite a bit of popular wisdom. The critical and multiangular way of thinking amongst the common people sometimes quite shocks me.

    Unfortunately, the world doesn't know about this as the only Indian they come into contact with is the 'professional' who represents but a tiny fraction of the Indian Cultural Quotient. The 'Indian' professional, unfortunately, is heading the cultural development of the Indian populace by way of serving as billboards for the fruits that may be enjoyed if one was to conform to the demands of the western/capitalist economy. Hence, 3000 years of deep insight and an extremely unique way of looking at things and communicating is going down the sewers.

    I've often said that India is quite the strange place given that a philosophical forum for the public can be entitled, 'Laugh and Clap'. Where much of american and eastern entertainment requires that one leaves one's brain at the door and just bring in a knee-jerk reflex or a superficial depreciation of life, the Indians, and the south Indians in the above example, find philosophical discussions carried out with analogies, metaphors, rhymes, etc, entertainment for all 3 tiers of the family. Unbelievable.

    Your analogy between the troublesome child and China is most apt. Unfortunately, what this is going to achieve is the emergence of the monocultural ethos of China dominating the entire region with the aid of its diaspora. This will serve as the 'eastern front' that is going to further dilute the Indian in Indian. Both the Indian professional and western cultural hegemony, and the 'eastern front' are going to cause a cultural implosion in the spiritual centre of the planet, and the 'OM' is going to mean nothing other than a fart from the mouths of pilates/yoga practicing modernites.

    Again, you're right. People in the western world, having contended with their brands of oppression, forget that there are other brands in existence and in practice in the east, but which can also emerge in the west in forms unrecognisable by its being distinctive from those they have been historically accustomed to.

    Thanks for your insights Nik. I enjoyed being thinking about them.

    ed

    ReplyDelete

The Inquisitive venture is a collaborative one. Let's collaborate.

Ad hominem is fine so long as it is accompanied with an argument, as opposed to being confused for an argument. In the latter case, deletion will follow.

Blogger Template by Clairvo