Archive for August 1st, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Taking Stock: What’s Driving this Blogger?

The biggest vacation of the year is almost over. I’ll probably have to post a bit less during the coming weeks, and translate less information than of late [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] …  After all, it’s luxury to begin a day with a prolonged breakfast, and with reading one or several Chinese articles – unless it’s your job to read and to translate them.

To make an end is to make a beginning.

To make an end is to make a beginning.

Besides the reading, and blogging, the past five weeks were mostly a time of physical work, with pleasantly practical considerations. A change is as good as a rest, and there was still much more time than usual for the people and things that matter most to me. There is no other season like summer.

The beginning of a new school year is a bit like the beginning of a new calendar year.

A while ago, I wrote my one-thousandth post. That amounts to a lot of blogging.

So what’s driving this blogger?

I’m blogging because I enjoy writing these posts, and reading the reactions (from actual comments as well as from  statistics and searchword combinations). Blogging also keeps me up-to-date about what’s going on in China and its neighborhood. I also believe that my posts may add a bit to an awareness of how blind prejudice frequently  panders to Beijing’s propaganda.

If you live in an open society, and if you believe that Beijing is unable to make inroads into your place’s decisionmaking processes, take a good look at Hong Kong. It was meant to be autonomous, when it became a special administrative region of China in 1997. In fact, it is governed by a local and a central “duopoly”. An open society should know its enemies. But it  should also watch the moves and decisions of competing political systems with an open attitude. It just shouldn’t look the other way when their authoritarian or totalitarian competitors try to manipulate and distort the rules of competition – and when such competitors try to control democratically-elected officials’ appointment diaries. Nor should business people whose main concern is about their next quarterly earnings in China exert an improper  influence on our politicians’ decisions.

But I wouldn’t keep posting if misgivings were my only motivation. Rather, my views about how we should shape our relation with China stem from watching its development – with a lot of natural interest.

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