Why has China became so strong now?
Sam Arora, Owner/Manager,Property/Construction Management. at Self-Employment (2004-present)
Updated May 18
Why China have became so strong now?I would like to stress on the word 「 now」 it is not an overnight success, 「 now」 is not the right word. China had been and still continuously has been working hard, to improve and show the world, The Great Wall of China and other UNESCO protected heritage sites being number two in the World, were not just accidents.
China has been continuously transforming:
Since 1949, China made great strides in upwards; sure there was issue in between, some questionable things did slow down the progress a bit. Otherwise, China was progressing steadily. BTW, as I (an ordinary person in the street), believe there is no turning back.：
BTW:?silk route, the vast wall of china, terracotta warriors, the forbidden city, temple of heaven, the summer palace, Tiananmen Square were not created yesterday or 「now,」 China was Strong all along except its rough time.
Also :?invention of paper, printing machine, gunpowder, compass, acupuncture, the list goes on were not created 「 now」 Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism blend of three was not invented overnight.
Please make a note : when most of the world/civilization was living in caves Chinese were studying may astronomy, with compass ready to explore.
But they are very peaceful, with the invention of Gun Powder and Compass, all they gave happiness to the world through 「 Fireworks」 and exploring the world with the compass for friendship. Opened the door to entirely different unknown religion 「 Lord Buddha」 for thousands of years Lord Buddha did influence cultural lives of Chinese. Go to Shanghai Museum, and I was stunned solid to see the reverence for the Lord, in thousands of old artifacts. It did not happen 「 now」 Chinese had an extremely solid foundation, for millennia.：
All the financial/economic indices were pointing a healthy growth.
Very learned and intelligent people all around the world cautioned, and some in very stern voices tried to make rest of the world alert that what is coming ahead, and its implications for long range.
I am not an economist, but I have concluded looking at their GDP charts, as a layman, it has been going up since 1962, imports and trade surplus all the indicators which financial experts and economists use, for a person of my caliber all looked very promising.
Seeing is believing:
China recently opened up to the world, with this liberal policy, more and more people had a chance to visit and see the tremendous growth and progress first hand. It is now sinking in that China had made huge leaps.
Therefore it is fair to say, yes, we are seeing this tremendous rise 「 now」 but they have been working on it for a long time.
I have been living in the western world soon it is 50 years, I never imagined to see the China of the present day, because of course most of the people have a somewhat different picture in mind.
I did not have negative image due to my very close alliance with Chinese for a long time, and from my childhood, I was in awe with history/longevity/ grandeur of Chinese culture/history/architecture/ their reverence for Lord Buddha.
I know most of them are not religious because they have found real God through hard work, even I was stunned stable as soon as because I was treated very nice, start from the check in at the Toronto airport to Beijing and clearance, stepping out into the lobby of the airport and then out. I was just numb, OMG, this is China, Wow. Well done my friends well done, the rest is history for me several trips were not enough to understand the length/breadth/ height of this country.
It is not over for them as yet:
They have a tremendous amount of problems to solve, such still lot of poverty in some areas, pollution, and a host of other issues. I am very sure seeing the progress they will solve their mega problems as the time progresses.
It is hard to reach the top but it also extremely hard to stay there forever:
China/Chinese must be very careful and vigilant, now it’s very critical stage, not to lose focus, and cutting down the waste of time in nonproductive movements and ridiculous things. Rest of the world is watching and betting on it. Please do not let the die hard fans of China.
Sure it is very safe country, violent crime rate is very low, infrastructures are world class, but to keep going in right directions sometimes it is not easy all the time. I sincerely hope that they stay focused and continue the good work they are doing.
The success of China is a success of the human race:
In my humble view, Chinese success is a success of the human race; I believe the world will benefit from this mega success story. Rest of the world may take some examples of this mega success implement in their respective countries; I am sure the world will be a better place.
The analogy I will give when we see breathtaking masterpiece be it an art/literature/movie/ building/……anything for that matter, how much years of hard work went behind it to bring to that level only people who did it, know it. A breathtaking movie scene may last 2 minutes but it is possible that it months to do it.
In a short conclusion, I will say yes we are seeing mega success now, but they have been working on it for decades. May God bless them and wish them good luck.
On a side note:
In case if you have reverence for China and Chinese as I do, please read their history, and present day excavation of thousands of years old history proved China had fixed relation with the world, silk route one good example of this good will and trade route. Developing such innovative, peace loving, mutually beneficial it is in their genes. ( ask yourself: Buddhism entirely different religion still has reverence after thousands of years, just visit the Grand Buddha of Ling Shan, my jaw dropped, some of the reverence I saw there made me embarrassed because the devotees knew more about reincarnation and karma than I know.
Even if you have hate for China/ Chinese before you throw venom, please try to read a bit about them and the country, just may be, just may be, your hate will turn into something very compassionate feelings, and you will be released from this venom forever.
I believe they are here to stay another round of 6000 years
They are not going out of business as yet, their new silk route is very glorious, not with camels but with bullet trains, jumbo jets, and unbelievable big ships. This time cargo will not be loaded with silk/pearls only, and it will be different merchandise from A to Z to run modern lives around the globe, and payment will be in cash/gold/ COD…..and not with any other commodity, anymore. In current negotiations they will not give away HK, I am very sure about that, they have sent millions of their bright stars to get the same education in the west so that negotiating skills are better or are the at least at the same level this time.
Now their new generation is very business savvy they also don/ wear three-piece business suits, tie, and Manchurian ponytails are gone.
Also: please take it from an ordinary person like me, the race which can survive on a bowl of rice, mixed with water as broth, for breakfast/lunch/dinner, is here to stay, better make friends with them and learn from them. They are not going out of business anytime soon; they survived Mongolians and Manchurian regimes, The Chinese took it on the chin, current injustices, the Chinese survived dynasties after dynasties, but they are still here. They have great 6000 years of entire civilization; I believe they be here for another long run.
Here is food for thought: Many civilizations come and go, rise and then crashed, Chinese culture is the only one which rose back after a dip in the curve. This question is food for thought: I have lot ideas about why/how but that is/was not the original question.
Some beautiful glimpses of China, all pictures were taken by the author.
Grand Buddha of Ling Shan
Baby Buddha Ling Shan
Author with a nice Chinese family in Suzhou
Answered Feb 4
I have my own opinion.
First of all, I do not think?the model of government makes the decisive difference for what the government itself can do is limited and the model is only a part of the governmet.And according to my own limited knowledge,I find strong countries have many common points.And I think the most important one of those points is the governmet can organize the society and its people effectively.
And in fact well organized people can do much better than the non–organized people in almost all fields. In other word,whether the governmet can organize the primary society cells effectively is the key.
Nick Olson, currently living in ChinaIn
China’s long history, it has enjoyed periods of strength and also endured periods of relative weakness. China’s 「Century of Humiliation」 involved being?exploited by Western powers,?the Opium wars?and?unequal treaties,?the collapse of the Qing dynasty,?a brutal invasion by Japan, and a?civil war. After that came the?Great Chinese Famine?and the horrors of the?Cultural Revolution.
China is strong because it’s a giant country with lots of people who work hard. Its recent historical weakness is more remarkable than its current strength.
Yu Cheng, lived in China (1988-2012)
Answered Jan 7
Not very strong, I must say.
China solved all those problems that are easy to solve, leaving challenging problems still waiting to be solved. Such easy problems include attracting investments taking advantages of low labour costs, stopping ridiculous political movements, letting people to do their jobs without troubling them with political nonsense, building necessary infrastructures, etc. These are the easy part. The government just need to stop being silly and crazy like they were in the Cultural Revolution, learn some foreign ideas and adapt them to China.
With those easy jobs done, such a huge country wouldn』t be weak, considering that the huge population itself could deliver a strong capability once working normally. A big country does not have to be great to be stronger than small countries. It just need to be normal.
China’s solutions to remaining difficult jobs including fighting corruptions, increasing education qualities, developing creativeness in science and technologies, building a rule of laws, reducing pollutions and so on are going to be very decisive. They will decide whether China is going to be truly great or not.
The biggest challenge hasn』t come yet. That is the demands for democracy, not necessarily for a western style democracy. But people cannot be kept as just subjects to elite leadership forever. When people get rich and richer, they think differently, they think their ideas should be valued and they will ask to implement those different ideas. There must be some sort of democracy that involves the common people in shaping the governance, which allows politicians with different ideas to debate and cooperate peacefully.
Answered Feb 6
China is not so strong now. There is no doubt that China is a developing contry. Chinese poverty standard is $335 every year.And there are nearly one hundred million people’s income is lower than the standard. So China isn』t strong and she needs time and develop to be better.
Germaine Tang, Lives in US former colony in Asia
Answered Jan 24
China is a rising superpower so I can consider it already as strong.
I believe the main reason for this is the present leaders are determined not to go back to the days where their country and its people were being humiliated by other countries.
they do not want to return to the days that they will be the slaves of others. they want to return to the past glorious days like of the time of the Imperial age that it was once the best in the world like during the days of the Tang Dynasty which was considered as China’s Imperial golden age
Michel McGill, Born, lived and worked in China.
Answered Mar 8
China is not strong yet as it has not unify Taiwan a part of its sovereignty. However, China has been strong for five thousands years. It is abnormal that China has been weak since 1840. It will return to normal as a strong country. China become strong is a historical normal.
Rafe Husain, Founder at Calibike.com
Answered May 9
Us goes around bombing
China goes around building
Us spent 1.5 trillion on iraq war based on lies
China spent 1 trillion on high speed rail links
China govt says 400 nukes enough dont need to spend more. Us has 3600+
In the 21st century of country destroying nukes a new paradigm is in play. The best defense is a good economy. China knows it but us public is still stuck in an arrogant cold war mentality while the core economy to support such a huge military is not there.