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Friday, May 11, 2012

Experts: How to Win Friends Abroad, and to Lose them at Home

Huanqiu Shibao quotes the gist of what ten academics said in a Central Party School discussion on May 5. This post contains translations from four of the quotes, and a few comments from the Huanqiu readership.

Wang Fan (王帆, Professor, Director of the Institute of International Relations, and Assistant President, China Foreign Affairs University):

In terms of power and politics in Asia, the cold-war mentality won’t go away. China should reduce the negative effects of cold-war mentality, manage crises, and take preventive measures against crises. In the framework of the maintained status quo, a consensus with America should be worked out. On the one hand, multilateral security cooperation should be strengthened, on the other, untraditional security cooperation should be strengthened, and the East Asia Kyousei Forum (东亚共生) model be used, to solve issues of balanced development in East Asia.
从亚洲地区权力与政治的现状来看,冷战思维是不可能消除的,中国应减少冷战思维的负面影响,管控危机、预防危机。在维持亚洲现状的情况下与美国达成共识。一方面加强多边安全合作,另一方面加强非传统安全合作,充分利用东亚共生的现象,解决好东亚均衡发展问题。

Zhang Yansheng (张燕生, the Institute for International Economics Research of the National Development and Reform Commission’s academic-commission secretary):

In the next few years, according to the current pace of development, the size of China’s economy will overtake America’s. During this process, there will be competition between China and America, and China  [correction, May 12: America] will do everything in its power to hold China back. This is a critical stage for China as a country. To respond to these unfavorable prospects, China needs to change its development pattern and establish a pattern which lends support to a order and to a legal system. From an export-oriented economy, it must internationalize [in terms of] talent, markets, industry, capital etc., strategically and structurally link China with the international systems, and structural transformation is the core here.
未来几年,按照现有的发展速度,中国的经济规模将会超过美国。在这个进程中,中美会出现竞争,美国会千方百计地阻止中国。因此,对中国来说,这是一个国家发展的关键时期。中国若要应对这一不利前景,必须改变前30年的发展模式,建立一个基于规则和法制的发展模式,由外向型经济转变为人才、市场、产业、资本等的国际化,在体制、战略和结构上与国际制度接轨,其中体制转变是核心。

Shao Feng, (邵峰, CASS Global Economics and Politcs Research Institute’s Strategy Office director):

A country’s overall level of development is the actual embodiment of its soft power. Four international strategic issues urgently need research and solutions:

  • the issue of strategic timing, how China should seize its opportunities and solve issues inherited from history
  • the issue of China having too few friends internationally, of how to win more friends through the establishment of common values and common benefit
  • the issue of raising China’s international image, and
  • the issue of building the national economy and society.

国家整体发展水平才是国家软实力的体现。中国国际战略研究急需研究解决以下四个课题:一是战略时机问题,中国应如何抓住时机,解决历史遗留问题;二是中国在世界上朋友太少,如何通过建立共同价值观和共同利益,在国际社会争取更多朋友;三是提升中国国际形象;四是加强国家经济、社会等建设。

Wang Hongxu (王红续, Central Party School International Strategic Research and Chinese Diplomacy Research Office director):

In the definition of international strategies [an international strategy], the domestic environment and the international environment are equally important. China’s current unbalanced development and cultural soft power stays far behind its economic development, and its position in international public opinion and  discourse dominance [also: the right to speak - 话语权] is weak. In view of that, China still needs to practise, on the global stage, the basic strategy defined in the 1980s. Obviously, there need to be adjustments in accordance with new situations and new characteristics. China hasn’t yet achieved an international cultural strategy, and that has to change.
在制定国际战略时,国内环境和国际环境同样重要。中国目前的发展不平衡,文化软实力大大滞后于经济发展,在国际舆论和话语权方面处于弱势地位。鉴于以上情况,中国在上世纪80年代制定的基本战略还需要继续实行。当然,要根据新形势和新特点,进行适当调整。目前,中国还没有成体系的国际文化战略,这一情况需要改变。

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Comments from the Huanqiu Shibao readership:

It only takes very small numbers of troops to regain ones territories and territorial waters! Why all the pondering? In the War to Resist America and to Aid Korea, and the self-defense strike against Vietnam, it took very few troops! These so-called experts are apparently all women! — There is no masculine disposition here! This becomes especially apparent in the ideological methods. Take these [experts] and put them next to Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping to compare their ideological methods would do too much honor [to these experts].
收复自己的领土领海而动用非常少量的军队!用得着这样思前想后的吗?和在抗美援朝战场及对越反自卫击战投入的兵力比 真的只需动用非常少量的军队!这几位所谓的专家应该都是女性!—没有男子汉的气质与胆量!特别是体现在思维方式上更是如如此 当然啦 拿这几位和毛泽东,邓小平去比较思维方式确实是太高看其人了.
— 21 minutes ago

This bunch of traitors is misleading the citizens! Stomp [them]!
这群汉奸又在误导国民。脚踩!!!
— 26 minutes ago

In reply to the previous comment:
Correct. 正确
— 13 minutes ago.

[A rather sophisticated comment - and too sophisticated for JR to grasp its first line (谁想打仗让谁上好了)]:

[...] A bunch of screaming and chattering lunatics. Do you know the cruelty of war?
谁想打仗让谁上好了,-群哇哇乱叫的疯子,知道战争的残酷吗?
— one hour ago

I can’t translate the replies to the latter comment, but neither of them appears to be friendly, but one of the three (possibly all the same person) writes:

In the past, territory was given away in exchange for peace, but in the end, there was still war. Cruelty? I would rather die than live without dignity, sovereignty is fought for, it’s not resistance with each passing day.
你就是一sb,以前用领土换和平还不是最后要打仗,残酷?情愿死也不要无尊严的活着,主权是打来的,不是天天抗议
— one hour ago.

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Related

» First School Lesson: Patriotic Essays, Sept 1, 2009
» Concerning Traitors, Aug 25, 2009
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Update/Related

» Orgasm is Easy, Rectified.Name, May 12, 2012

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Friday, May 11, 2012

From JR’s Mailbox (Sent): the Ungrateful Foreign Press

As for the press reactions to Melissa Chan’s “departure” from Beijing, I think that asking questions at press conferences (as quoted on rectified.name) and broadly covering it isn’t a bad thing, but to express surprise about it isn’t clever. You can only be so angry if you forget which country you are reporting from. What is left out is that China is a totalitarian country with a leninist political system. The Chinese media, including obvious mouthpieces like Huanqiu/Global Times are aware of this – hence their surprise that this system isn’t considered “lenient” by its foreign guests. The foreign guests do not want to be reminded of what kind of system it is, because this would pose too many questions about the way we are interacting with China, and [the way we keep] strengthening its economic and technological foundations on a day-to-day basis.

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