Forge Ahead with Confidence and Fortitude to Jointly Create a Better Post-COVID World
Special Address by H.E. Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China
At the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session
17 January 2022
Professor Klaus Schwab,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Greetings to you all! It is my pleasure to attend this virtual session of the World Economic Forum.
In two weeks’ time, China will celebrate the advent of spring in the lunar new year, the Year of the Tiger. In Chinese culture, tiger symbolizes bravery and strength, as the Chinese people often refer to spirited dragon and dynamic tiger, or soaring dragon and leaping tiger. To meet the severe challenges facing humanity, we must “add wings to the tiger” and act with the courage and strength of the tiger to overcome all obstacles on our way forward. We must do everything necessary to clear the shadow of the pandemic and boost economic and social recovery and development, so that the sunshine of hope may light up the future of humanity.
The world today is undergoing major changes unseen in a century. These changes, not limited to a particular moment, event, country or region, represent the profound and sweeping changes of our times. As changes of the times combine with the once-in-a-century pandemic, the world finds itself in a new period of turbulence and transformation. How to beat the pandemic and how to build the post-COVID world? These are major issues of common concern to people around the world. They are also major, urgent questions we must give answers to.
As a Chinese saying goes, “The momentum of the world either flourishes or declines; the state of the world either progresses or regresses.” The world is always developing through the movement of contradictions; without contradiction, nothing would exist. The history of humanity is a history of achieving growth by meeting various tests and of developing by overcoming various crises. We need to move forward by following the logic of historical progress, and develop by riding the tide of development of our times.
Notwithstanding all vicissitudes, humanity will move on. We need to learn from comparing long history cycles, and see the change in things through the subtle and minute. We need to foster new opportunities amidst crises, open up new horizons on a shifting landscape, and pool great strength to go through difficulties and challenges.
First, we need to embrace cooperation and jointly defeat the pandemic. Confronted by the once-in-a-century pandemic, which will affect the future of humanity, the international community has fought a tenacious battle. Facts have shown once again that amidst the raging torrents of a global crisis, countries are not riding separately in some 190 small boats, but are rather all in a giant ship on which our shared destiny hinges. Small boats may not survive a storm, but a giant ship is strong enough to brave a storm. Thanks to the concerted efforts of the international community, major progress has been made in the global fight against the pandemic. That said, the pandemic is proving a protracted one, resurging with more variants and spreading faster than before. It poses a serious threat to people’s safety and health, and exerts a profound impact on the global economy.
Strong confidence and cooperation represent the only right way to defeat the pandemic. Holding each other back or shifting blame would only cause needless delay in response and distract us from the overall objective. Countries need to strengthen international cooperation against COVID-19, carry out active cooperation on research and development of medicines, jointly build multiple lines of defense against the coronavirus, and speed up efforts to build a global community of health for all. Of particular importance is to fully leverage vaccines as a powerful weapon, ensure their equitable distribution, quicken vaccination and close the global immunization gap, so as to truly safeguard people’s lives, health and livelihoods.
China is a country that delivers on its promises. China has already sent over two billion doses of vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations. Still, China will provide another one billion doses to African countries, including 600 million doses as donation, and will also donate 150 million doses to ASEAN countries.
Second, we need to resolve various risks and promote steady recovery of the world economy. The world economy is emerging from the depths, yet it still faces many constraints. The global industrial and supply chains have been disrupted. Commodity prices continue to rise. Energy supply remains tight. These risks compound one another and heighten the uncertainty about economic recovery. The global low inflation environment has notably changed, and the risks of inflation driven by multiple factors are surfacing. If major economies slam on the brakes or take a U-turn in their monetary policies, there would be serious negative spillovers. They would present challenges to global economic and financial stability, and developing countries would bear the brunt of it. In the context of ongoing COVID-19 response, we need to explore new drivers of economic growth, new modes of social life and new pathways for people-to-people exchange, in a bid to facilitate cross-border trade, keep industrial and supply chains secure and smooth, and promote steady and solid progress in global economic recovery.
Economic globalization is the trend of the times. Though countercurrents are sure to exist in a river, none could stop it from flowing to the sea. Driving forces bolster the river’s momentum, and resistance may yet enhance its flow. Despite the countercurrents and dangerous shoals along the way, economic globalization has never and will not veer off course. Countries around the world should uphold true multilateralism. We should remove barriers, not erect walls. We should open up, not close off. We should seek integration, not decoupling. This is the way to build an open world economy. We should guide reforms of the global governance system with the principle of fairness and justice, and uphold the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at its center. We should make generally acceptable and effective rules for artificial intelligence and digital economy on the basis of full consultation, and create an open, just and non-discriminatory environment for scientific and technological innovation. This is the way to make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial for all, and to fully unleash the vitality of the world economy.
A common understanding among us is that to turn the world economy from crisis to recovery, it is imperative to strengthen macro-policy coordination. Major economies should see the world as one community, think in a more systematic way, increase policy transparency and information sharing, and coordinate the objectives, intensity and pace of fiscal and monetary policies, so as to prevent the world economy from plummeting again. Major developed countries should adopt responsible economic policies, manage policy spillovers, and avoid severe impacts on developing countries. International economic and financial institutions should play their constructive role to pool global consensus, enhance policy synergy and prevent systemic risks.
Third, we need to bridge the development divide and revitalize global development. The process of global development is suffering from severe disruption, entailing more outstanding problems like a widening North-South gap, divergent recovery trajectories, development fault-lines and a technological divide. The Human Development Index has declined for the first time in 30 years. The world’s poor population has increased by more than 100 million. Nearly 800 million people live in hunger. Difficulties are mounting in food security, education, employment, medicine, health and other areas important to people’s livelihoods. Some developing countries have fallen back into poverty and instability due to the pandemic. Many in developed countries are also living through a hard time.
No matter what difficulties may come our way, we must adhere to a people-centered philosophy of development, place development and livelihoods front and center in global macro-policies, realize the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and build greater synergy among existing mechanisms of development cooperation to promote balanced development worldwide. We need to uphold the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, promote international cooperation on climate change in the context of development, and implement the outcomes of COP26 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Developed economies should take the lead in honoring their emissions reduction responsibilities, deliver on their commitment of financial and technological support, and create the necessary conditions for developing countries to address climate change and achieve sustainable development.
Last year, I put forward a Global Development Initiative at the UN General Assembly to draw international attention to the pressing challenges faced by developing countries. The Initiative is a public good open to the whole world, which aims to form synergy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and boost common development across the world. China stands ready to work with all partners to jointly translate the Initiative into concrete actions and make sure that no country is left behind in this process.
Fourth, we need to discard Cold War mentality and seek peaceful coexistence and win-win outcomes. Our world today is far from being tranquil; rhetorics that stoke hatred and prejudice abound. Acts of containment, suppression or confrontation arising thereof do all harm, not the least good, to world peace and security. History has proved time and again that confrontation does not solve problems; it only invites catastrophic consequences. Protectionism and unilateralism can protect no one; they ultimately hurt the interests of others as well as one’s own. Even worse are the practices of hegemony and bullying, which run counter to the tide of history. Naturally, countries have divergences and disagreements between them. Yet a zero-sum approach that enlarges one’s own gain at the expense of others will not help. Acts of single-mindedly building “exclusive yards with high walls” or “parallel systems”, of enthusiastically putting together exclusive small circles or blocs that polarize the world, of overstretching the concept of national security to hold back economic and technological advances of other countries, and of fanning ideological antagonism and politicizing or weaponizing economic, scientific and technological issues, will gravely undercut international efforts to tackle common challenges.
The right way forward for humanity is peaceful development and win-win cooperation. Different countries and civilizations may prosper together on the basis of respect for each other, and seek common ground and win-win outcomes by setting aside differences.
We should follow the trend of history, work for a stable international order, advocate common values of humanity, and build a community with a shared future for mankind. We should choose dialogue over confrontation, inclusiveness over exclusion, and stand against all forms of unilateralism, protectionism, hegemony or power politics.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Last year, the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. Through a century of tenacious struggle, the CPC has rallied and led the Chinese people in accomplishing remarkable achievements in the advancement of the nation and betterment of people’s lives. We have realized a moderately prosperous society in all respects and won the battle against poverty, both according to plan, and found a historic solution to ending absolute poverty. Now, China is marching on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in all respects.
— China will stay committed to pursuing high-quality development. The Chinese economy enjoys a good momentum overall. Last year, our GDP grew by around eight percent, achieving the dual target of fairly high growth and relatively low inflation. Shifts in the domestic and international economic environment have brought tremendous pressure, but the fundamentals of the Chinese economy, characterized by strong resilience, enormous potential and long-term sustainability, remain unchanged. We have every confidence in the future of China’s economy.
“The wealth of a country is measured by the abundance of its people.” Thanks to considerable economic growth, the Chinese people are living much better lives. Nonetheless, we are soberly aware that to meet people’s aspiration for an even better life, we still have much hard work to do in the long run. China has made it clear that we strive for more visible and substantive progress in the well-rounded development of individuals and the common prosperity of the entire population. We are working hard on all fronts to deliver this goal. The common prosperity we desire is not egalitarianism. To use an analogy, we will first make the pie bigger, and then divide it properly through reasonable institutional arrangements. As a rising tide lifts all boats, everyone will get a fair share from development, and development gains will benefit all our people in a more substantial and equitable way.
— China will stay committed to reform and opening-up. For China, reform and opening-up is always a work in process. Whatever change in the international landscape, China will always hold high the banner of reform and opening-up. China will continue to let the market play a decisive role in resource allocation, and see to it that the government better plays its role. We will be steadfast in consolidating and developing the public sector, just as we are steadfast in encouraging, supporting and guiding the development of the non-public sector. We will build a unified, open, competitive and orderly market system, where all businesses enjoy equal status before the law and have equal opportunities in the marketplace. All types of capital are welcome to operate in China in compliance with laws and regulations, and play a positive role for the development of the country. China will continue to expand high-standard opening-up, steadily advance institutional opening-up that covers rules, management and standards, deliver national treatment for foreign businesses, and promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. With the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) on 1 January this year, China will faithfully fulfill its obligations and deepen economic and trade ties with other RCEP parties. China will also continue to work for the joining of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), with a view to further integrating into the regional and global economy and achieving mutual benefit and win-win results.
— China will stay committed to promoting ecological conservation. As I have said many times, we should never grow the economy at the cost of resource depletion and environmental degradation, which is like draining a pond to get fish; nor should we sacrifice growth to protect the environment, which is like climbing a tree to catch fish. Guided by our philosophy that clean waters and green mountains are just as valuable as gold and silver, China has carried out holistic conservation and systematic governance of its mountains, rivers, forests, farmlands, lakes, grasslands and deserts. We do everything we can to conserve the ecological system, intensify pollution prevention and control, and improve the living and working environment for our people. China is now putting in place the world’s largest national parks system. Last year, we successfully hosted COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, contributing China’s share to a clean and beautiful world.
Achieving carbon peak and carbon neutrality are the intrinsic requirements of China’s own high-quality development and a solemn pledge to the international community. China will honor its word and keep working toward its goal. We have unveiled an Action Plan for Carbon Dioxide Peaking Before 2030, to be followed by implementation plans for specific sectors such as energy, industry and construction. China now has the world’s biggest carbon market and biggest clean power generation system: the installed capacity of renewable energy has exceeded one billion kilowatts, and the construction of wind and photovoltaic power stations with a total installed capacity of 100 million kilowatts is well under way. Carbon peak and carbon neutrality cannot be realized overnight. Through solid and steady steps, China will pursue an orderly phase-down of traditional energy in the course of finding reliable substitution in new energy. This approach, which combines phasing out the old and bringing in the new, will ensure steady economic and social development. China will also actively engage in international cooperation on climate and jointly work for a complete transition to a greener economy and society.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Davos is known as a heaven for winter sports. The Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will open soon. We are confident that China will present a streamlined, safe and splendid Games to the world. The official motto for Beijing 2022 is “Together for a Shared Future”. Indeed, let us join hands with full confidence, and work together for a shared future.
Vanilla, but friendly.
“Even worse are the practices of hegemony and bullying, which run counter to the tide of history.”
Take note, usual suspects at the back of the class.
I wish their Winter Games well.
Xi, the Marxist, needs to reread chapter 1 of Capital, to appreciate the difference between use value and exchange value. Under capitalism, there is no production for use value, for human need. There is production for exchange value, for profit. That means win-win cooperation is impossible without socialism and the replacement of the market with rational state planning. Market Socialism has done wonders for China but it comes with its own contradictions, which even a strong state with a socialist leadership cannot contain for ever. At some point, Xi must choose between the market and the plan, profit and need, the individual or the collective.
Xi is as Marxist as your house pet is.
But you don’t have to be Marxist to figure out that in capitalism bullshit jobs feed the bullshit economy, delivireng bullshit products.
But the greatest sin of capitalism is that money is viewed as a merchandise. This one fact changes the entire concept of “making money”.
He’s just being diplomatic, Prof.
He’s no fool. Unlike America he gets the big picture
Prof, go read up on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. China just took millions of people out of a dire state of poverty and clocked up a blistering GDP growth of 8.1% in 2021. They had hoped for 6%.
Something odd is occurring.
The Chinese announced a drop in rates to spur the economy, and we are raising rates to fight inflation, this is not a healthy situation for someone, and i’m not sure who yet.
Binary choices are distinctly western, as if there are no other options.
“You’re either with us or against us.”
“There is production for exchange value, for profit.” “there is no production for use value, for human need.”
Come on, the only way to get the profit is for people to buy the product and people won’t buy it if they don’t “need it,” so production is for “human need” even though for the sake of profit. The motive does not have to be – or sound – or appear saintly in order to have a system of “social organization.”
The customer service in the U.S. proves the obvious truth that production is for the people. It’s amazing the products that you can return to a store in the U.S., and how easily you can return them, even in another city or state. That’s only in a higher stage capitalist country. In a lower stage capitalist country, a pharmacy will have as its motto “Your friendly pharmacy” but tell you that you cannot return the product and get your money back. They’ll say that they’ll accept your return of the product but that you must buy something else for the same value. So, no money back once the purchase is made.
“…and people won’t buy it if they don’t “need it,” …”
So, so, well then he looks around at home, and check, what is standing and lying around that he once thought he absolutely needed …
“Need” and “Needs” are two different pairs of shoes.
Before there was the so-called “smartphone” (I don’t know if the “mouse cinema” is also called that in English) – at least before the thing existed, no one really “needed” it.
The “use value” of one and the same “thing” is a completely individual matter, i.e., different for everyone.
The “utility value” of an “Audi A6 Combi” is significantly different for a family of five that likes to go on vacation because the father is afraid of flying than for a retired couple that only does their weekly shopping.
Both pay the same, and the salesman will not ask the pensioners whether they “need” it at all, whether a “VW Golf” might not be sufficient, or even a “Ford Fiesta” – completely absurd, because there is competition.
And do I “need” a “Picasso” or the supposedly “latest thing” that the clothing industry, for example, is trying to talk us into?
These are just a few key points to a very difficult, complex problem…
Prof, I agree with you.
It seems that the Market God with the motto «growth/profits » is prevailing.
I think in general there is a need to balance the horizontal axis of individual / environment(collective) and also the vertical axis of theory / practice. Those 2 axis form a cross that inscribes itself in a circle, forming then the symbol of the Earth in astrology, or the native medicine wheel. Black Elk, a Lakota visionary/healer did his best but he acknowledged that « the circle had been broken » and, at the end of his life, he was even doubting that he fulfilled his vision.
What a great humble man.
There is a lot to grieve in our world.
A young Native American from the south west was interviewed recently after another betrayal, when a mine got the green light to proceed on « their » sacred land. He said, as he was crying, that he admired the Elders who could manage so well their emotions…
So, when I read Claus Swab or Xi Jin ping, I find myself skipping words and paragraphs as it is politician spiel.
I feel disgusted by that artificial « vanilla » flavor. It sounded a bit like the official flowery announcement of the new Empire, a global one, with the politicallly correct multipolarity for frosting.
It seems that the capitalist consumerist machine is pumping and pumping money , as a mimic of a heart circulating blood… a cold deadly replica.
I find myself weak, as a product of domestication. Civilization has been comfy at a cost.
Back to Xi Jin Ping and China, it seems that growth is more on the menu than moderation and restraint. Understandable. It is a bit like the logic of «the taker»: if I don’t , somebody else will. One contradiction might be that China is winning short term and long term, but that the middle term might cancel all possibility of long term. The only utopian scenario I can see, is that international law would forbid free trade, forbid tax heavens, forbid anonymous capital holders and anonymous flow of capital. AND for each country to have their own currency «printed» and managed by a government accountable for the diverse and often conflicting needs of the people. AND to have a National/international agreement to have a cap on personal wealth. And… no more wars…
But, first, it sounds like our war mode has to be fully revealed to ourselves. First hand experience. Then, the survivors might be wiser. Still, it seems to be unlikely for the «capital holders» to let go of their wealth and control.
It seems that we could use some wisdom of « tribal politics ». Pierre Clastres, in his anthropological writings, describes very well the counter powers at play , so the chief or the shaman doesn’t abuse his position.
Have a good day.
Is globalism by default bad? Or only the current iteration of globalism? Can it be fixed?
Capital is a book presented with established theories. China is reaching ahead groping for new realities and making new theories.
I think it’s a mistake so many people in the West is confounding globalism as bad just as so many have confounded nationalism with fascism and hence bad.
That may be the Western experience. Fine. But don’t make the rest of the world into your own idol.
China believes in nationalism as a force for good. It also believes in globalism as a force for good. That doesn’t of course mean nationalism is per se good. Japanese militarism is a type of nationalism is a force for bad. Western imperialism and fasicsm – also another type of their nationalism – is a force for bad.
@Is globalism by default bad? Or only the current iteration of globalism? Can it be fixed?
If you break the word down,
and take a look around.
It really doesn’t bode well, a warning, a challenge I see ahead.
You’re just confusing globalization and globalism. Two extremely different things. One is a fact duewto technical advances and is unavoidable, the other is a concept of concentration of wealth in the hands of the very very few at the top using deregulations and pushing for war profits as its means of success, that is ultimately global slavery.
OK. My bad if that’s the case. I had always used them interchangeably. But the idea I expressed stands.
Many people despite globalization when the current version of globalization – globalism – (using your definitions) can be improved upon … replaced.
Take a small but important technical detail as ab example.
Is international IP protection an essential part of globalization? I don’t think so. I think current IP regime is predatorial. Benefits the rich at the expense of the poor. Still, it’s what the rich country wanted and got.
Does that mean that globalization is per se predatorial? Of course not.
Does that mean that globalization is per se predatorial? Not necessarily. The current iteration of globalism is predatorial … but it can be changed … to benefit the poor as well.
Is world government per se bad? Maybe … or maybe not. If the world government truly serves all the people of the world … then why would it be bad?
One may say, that’s impossible. Well … if so, then any government would be bad per se. A government of any nation -say – cannot possibly serve all the people of the nation … and hence would by default be bad?
@ Prof on January 17, 2022
Neither capitalism nor socialism understand humankind’s relationship to Nature, hence our current predicament facing tragedies and disasters as the new normal rules, climate change. While socialist principles are in theory aimed at eliminating production for profit, the reliance on large-scale industrialization as a goal to overcome agricultural, peasant-based economies, share the same exploitative attitude towards Nature as capitalism.
Capitalism is inherently a predatorial doctrine, all primitive accumulations of capital, anywhere in the world, speak volumes about the pillaging, ransacking, genocide, and devastation of the planet in the pursuit of wealth. Capitalists see the planet as a source of wealth, nothing else, and have laid waste to most of the planet’s ecosystems.
However, Lenin’s motto, “Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country,” is a testament to the alienation of Nature inherent to the Bolshevik doctrine, which dreamed with a mechanized agriculture, electrification, railways, roads, as synonyms of “progress” and the road to socialism and communism without ever pondering about the relationship of humanity to Nature.
Chinas hybrid experiment, paying lip service to socialist ideals while building capitalism, has also been erected on the destruction of nature. China’s chronic flooding all over the country is the result of a massive effort to generate electricity all over China, building river dams and changing the course of rivers and water reservoirs. With climate change, three months’ worth of rain can be delivered in three hours, and there is no system on earth that can absorb such amounts of water.
Xi speaks about China’s measures to protect the environment while in reality China is an ecological disaster zone. No system, capitalism, or socialism will save humanity from its impending disaster, as long as our alienation from Nature rules our vision. No matter the system, we will remain stuck in material gains and material advantage.
Most of the world has passed on as external cost the pollution of their own manufacturing but dollars to donuts the countries that passed that disaster on historically polluted much more for longer.
As the man said, “Ya gotta beat them at their own game”!
This was the usual globalist talk. No matter who is at the wheel of the Great Globalist ship, won’t change one fact – it is a sinking ship.
You can’t unironically promote multilaterialism, while striving for the global world economy. Then there is the usual Chinese lack of reaction to the obvious drums of war in Europe.
I don’t trust this guy one bit, neither should Vladimir Putin.
“I don’t trust this guy one bit, neither should Vladimir Putin”
“You can’t unironically promote multilaterialism, while striving for the global world economy.”
You would be correct if the Global World economy is centrally managed by one nation. Multilateralism, in my mind, includes coordinated effort from multiple economic centers (i.e. decentralized). We will find out soon enough.
“Then there is the usual Chinese lack of reaction to the obvious drums of war in Europe.”
I believe China sees Europe as outside their Spheres of Influence and they have no say on the matter. It’s similar to China’s view on the South China Seas. It’s in their backyard and others outside of the region have zero say.
Good points, except:
“Multilateralism, in my mind, includes coordinated effort from multiple economic centers”
“Multiple” and “coordinated” doesn’t mix well. Who would be coordinator, with how much gover…”coordinating” power, and what happens when one or more multi-poles decide to follow their own selfish policy.
“Rules-based order” could be considered coordinated multilateralism. Only with Anglozionist elite in the position of eternal coordinator.
Touché. I believe the Chinese and others are not necessarily looking for or be the sole coordinator / leader themselves. They know that boat has long sailed; no one will ever accept a unipolar power again as Putin stated. They want to return back to what the United Nations Security Council was sold to the public to be. They want the restoration of global governance via consensus, which would only work if all members respected each other and their values.
In my opinion, the United Nations (UN) is a failed organization like it’s predecessor. Global governance via consensus have never worked. It’s all an illusion as the consensus was just more powerful nations strong arming, or bribing, the weaker ones. As you mentioned, it simply doesn’t take into account of that basic human nature, tribalism. It’s a good try; assuming the motives of the UN founding members were genuine in the first place. The Chinese and others must know it’s impossible to stamp out tribalism, so I believe they’re hoping they can manage it. I wish them luck but, I feel reality will show them otherwise.
In any case, the return of China and Russia back to the World stage is a good thing as they provide stability to the World; restoring the balance of power. This doesn’t mean elimination of tensions between nations. It just means no single nation can wage unrestricted wars like what the US have done for the past 70 years.
Please reconsider promoting this man’s agenda.
You’re assuming promotion. Far as I am concerned you cannot cancel China, or Xi Jinping or the Politburo. Besides, they’re besties with Russia. (Also, from your previous post, seems that your grasp on the concept of multilateralism may need some update. It benefits small countries and allows them to join trade pacts equally with others, in terms of what they themselves can produce and sell and trade – it is a productive and inclusive mechanism).
All the canceling in the world and all the comments about ‘promotion’ is more a reflection of some voice on the internet and has nothing to do with the Russia / China relationship, which is deepening every day right through to military relationships and even integration at high levels. They’re building even a moon base together (just before NATO takes off to space :-)). And you want to cancel this? Good heavens lol.
Just today …
I see Xi is fully on board with UN agenda 2030. If that isn’t a tell, in light of the forum in which he made this speech, then I don’t know what is.
“It is a sinking ship. Financially already under water. But no matter what difficulties we find along the way, let us try everything to save it, even your most diabolical (powerful) technologies and the green agenda.
The important thing is that everyone remains master in his own home and (as long as it takes) that the IMF keeps our debtors afloat.”
“we must add wings to the tiger”… like the winged 6-color rainbow tiger erected outside UN headquarters ? the one that resembles the ‘end-times’ beast from the book of revelation ? that tiger ?
I do recall, reading as a youth, about hoping to not be old during the end times, (of course no one knew why) but if you look at the health care industry today, and are old, it appears to be here or at least quickly nearing.
I saw a documentary of Xi’s visit to a Central American country. He had dinner with a family in their home and the obvious impression was that of a nice man, with a humble touch. The family liked him, certainly. Yet he looked his usual self, his demeanor only slightly different than seen elsewhere. His wife gave the same impression. Such impressions are not worthless, eh? When the same man in this speech says the following, it adds more weight to this impression (quote below; if someone has a better initiative, that’s only better):
“Last year, I put forward a Global Development Initiative at the UN General Assembly to draw international attention to the pressing challenges faced by developing countries. The Initiative is a public good open to the whole world, which aims to form synergy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and boost common development across the world. China stands ready to work with all partners to jointly translate the Initiative into concrete actions and make sure that no country is left behind in this process.”
A few clarifying comments to those who are stuck on alt media (frequently paid) that consistently leads them astray and pushes the fear factor these last years. This is mainly out of the US and other western influences.
1. China is committed to the 2030 development goals. They say these 17 goals is consistent with what they are planning for their own country. On some they are way ahead, like the extreme poverty eradiction and now moving towards a moderately prosperous society. (And if you did not notice, the air in Beijing is blue and clean and the rivers are consistently being cleaned).
2. Russia is committed to the 2030 development goals, because anyone that actually read those goals, must admit that they make sense. But no, people have been made scared of the 2030 number, without reading for themselves.
There is another underlying issue with the paid alt media, and that is the issue of international law.
Both China and Russia support international law that is made by the UN. Mostly because they are part of it and that is how it should be. The UN (and many of its institutions) became corrupted under the influence of the single polar world (the unilateral world, led mainly out of the US), which is now ending. Putin said already years ago that the UN needs to be overhauled because of corruption in its institutions – this is not new).
So the difference here is multipolarity as well as where international law is made and adhered to. Of course the US and satellites has not adhered to that since at least the 2nd ww.
Hence the hard pressure by both Russia and China against the ‘rules based international order’, which is not international law. Russia ran a hard campaign “UN Charter is our rules”, against this order of the mob during most of last year.
Take a look at one of Lavrov’s comments from his last TV appearance.
The policy of the West consists of undermining the architecture of international relations based on @UN Charter, as well as replacing #internationallaw with their own “rules” and imposing them on others to build a new world order. #UNCharterIsOurRules
So, those that are looking for tells in Xi Jingping’s speech while fraught with the teachings of ‘rules based international order’ by way of paid alt media or just completely confused alt media, should rather look at tells that we are moving back and forward to a coherent charter for our international law and not the rules based junk that has been the western invention to try and hide their warmongering and pillage.
Again, both China and Russia are committed to the 2030 goals and both have made impressive progress to reach these. All of you that are scared of 2030, please go and read them. It starts with the eradication of abject poverty and goes to zero hunger. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
Again, both China and Russia are committed to the UN Charter as the ONLY mechanism of international law. You should read that as well.
And then, Xi Jinping’s ‘speech’. It was no speech, it was a sermon for those with ears to hear. How far is your country with eradicating extreme poverty?
What’s your view about the Western fearmongering about climate change? Is that also real?
If China and Russia also keenly support the WEF initiatives for globalist control of the world, then what’s the difference.
First sentence. Well, they are both real. Both the fearmongering and the climate change. The permafrost in Russia’s colder areas is really melting. The Northern passage has less ice. Go and read the Russian scientists. Same with China. Other places are getting colder.
I’m deaf to the western fearmongering because they don’t know their backsides from their elbows.
Second question. They don’t keenly support these initiatives. That is the difference. You could do yourself a favor and find the difference between a global system of world trade (for example, one without coercion by sanctions), and globalism, i.e. one world government. That is what we are moving away from now – Unipolarity vs Multipolarity. I know it is hard to separate the head thinking from the boogyman given to the western populations – the one that says Be Very Afraid of the One World Government, without letting on that they themselves tried it out. The Unipolar world is over. Its gonna be hell, perhaps we will have war, but it is over.
“The Unipolar world is over. Its gonna be hell, perhaps we will have war, but it is over.”
Yes, certainly. But the choice of governance still remains binary: will we face this new challenge as human beings, drawing from our soul and growing with it to leave hell behind, or will we face it as a flock of robots in the service of techno-feudalism?
We are familiar with the Anglo-European point of view. Here it is simply a question of understanding if the Eurasian one is identical.
You are touching the existential question here and of course, it is one of the future and who can ever know? Yes, we are in a massive technological revolution. But let me ask you a question. Do you think China rescued all of those desperately poor peasants to make them half robots? We have the Russian history of 30 years since the fall of the USSR. And then, we can take a 30 year period from China as well. Generally, the populations became better off than before.
In the past 30 years, populations have improved within globalisation, in which the financial West optimised the system by distributing production or energy supply roles. Now it has inevitably collapsed (and we do not regret it). We will see what it will be replaced with (excluding chaos). But from what we can glimpse….
“I am not the only one who is shocked. But when the sky is blue and the rivers are clean, I often see people in white suits.”
Etc. Willi’s whole answer is really perfect for your question too.
The world goes through climatic cycles continuously. Glacials and interglacials. I’ve read articles which state that we’re now going through a cold phase. No matter if humans like it or not, they wouldn’t be able to stop it because its part of Nature.
At essence is the corruption of language, as Thorsten and many others document. It is an old nihilistic Gnostic play with words, devoid of morality, aiming to seduce.
When most who are aware of Western shenanigans hear the words Democracy, Freedom, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, etc.. we run in the opposite direction, knowing it is a trap.
However, other civilizations and sincere parties adhere to the true meaning and intent of these concepts. We have to parse language from intent and action, and keep in mind the historical profile of the speaker.
Zone B leaders through their political, diplomatic and economic policies and practices have demonstrated a push to return to the rule of law. Don’t let the same pirates pumping fear porn daily on other issues poison you against the only current alternative to the Ravening Wolf – China and Russia.
In an age of deception and war, it is prudent to aim for self-sufficiency in all matters, and for security to ally with enemies of clearly satanic Anglo-Zionists. Trust these new allies, while continuously verifying. As we just saw with Nazarbaev, even founding statesmen of Eurasian integration and multipolarity can become corrupted with time. There are no certainties, just a balancing act in the game of survival.
Nicely put A.H.H.!
In my simple style .. because I buy a bag of rice and some Chinese person also buys a bag of rice, it only means we both eat rice. It does not mean we are in a conspiracy. The language counts as you say.
You said, “In my simple style .. because I buy a bag of rice and some Chinese person also buys a bag of rice, it only means we both eat rice. It does not mean we are in a conspiracy. The language counts as you say.”
It could also mean that you and that Chinese person could, unbeknownst to yourselves, be playing a part in a conspiracy that entails rice production of a particularly unhealthy type, using particularly unhealthful and unjust means and mechanisms of production toward a particular goal that might not be in the long-term interest of either you or that Chinese person.
And, indeed, language could help us tease apart how “rice” might mean suicide to a basmati rice farmer in India, blood and shackle to a Gilani farmer in Iran, control of major food source to major shareholders who have patented gene sequences of all of its varieties and ensured a local farmer cannot keep his own viable seeds, and on and on…
M. Tajik 😄, Geez, I tried to choose a truly non-triggering example, and even rice failed. But, we know about the onslaught on our food and the copyrighted seeds is one of the biggest sins of the modern age, in my book.
But rice came to mind because the “father of hybrid rice”, Yuan Longping, recently died. He came up with a hybrid strain – non-gmo, selective breeding, with a much higher yield. Very sweet story and he dedicated his life to rice, because of the poverty and people starving to death that he saw. He is highly revered.
In general, in China, there is a big effort now to protect their local and indigenous seeds and gmo is frowned upon. But, with soybeans, they have a massive deficit and I saw somewhere that they seem to want to give permission to grow gmo soybeans – because non-gmo seeds are just not available. Anyway, I come from farmer stock and I grow things so, one becomes aware. When I started looking for some non-gmo soybeans for planting some years ago, I managed to procure only 3 beans for seed stock.
In India GM seeds was introduced by American spy agent mmsingh an unelected traitor sikh who was installed as prime minister without him winning any election.
That GM seed was cause of farmers suicide all over India since 1993.
But no body talks about.
In fact the traitor sikhs from punjab have been massively involved in corruption of GM food with govt help.
Re: contrived food insecurity of Chinese people
The Chinese and all those whose food-supply has been targeted are aware of these tricks.. the Chinese in particular were sabotaged with absolute viciousness in recent years. GM seeds were developed by AZ militaries as an adjunct of Total War. This has been known in public domain for decades now.
So there are no illusions. Countermeasures have been taken. As noted above, Anglo-Zionists created the ominous seed repository in Norway’s Svalbard. Responsible defensive civilizations undoubtedly have their own protected seed stocks and are keeping their powder dry. At this point everyone is in a holding pattern, awaiting the Beast’s burial or for it to be burned off the surface of the Earth. You cannot reason with it or get it to change its ways. Scorpions will be scorpions..
And even if foreign sources of traditional used Chinese seeds are blocked, one can adapt to a similar diet; fortunately to their immediate North is the friendly country with the world’s most plentiful and non-GMO breadbasket.
I forgot about the yellow rice scandal and disaster.
But, scratching around in the food security, I also forgot we’re talking about China, and they are streaks ahead as usual. Massive seedbanks of all kinds, wild species and food seeds, bolstered by a series of community seedbanks.
“When most who are aware of Western shenanigans hear the words Democracy, Freedom, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, etc.. we run in the opposite direction, knowing it is a trap.
However, other civilizations and sincere parties adhere to the true meaning and intent of these concepts. We have to parse language from intent and action, and keep in mind the historical profile of the speaker.”
D#mn well stated A.H.H.
I am not the only one who is shocked. But when the sky is blue and the rivers are clean, I often see people in white health suits.
Xi addresses what I call the dungeon of humanity. The health agenda. Vaccinations and passports. And there XI may be the same guy as those Schwab disciples with his agenda.
Meanwhile, I think he is part of the agenda. Putin stay strong. Don’t trust this guy Xi.
You may be just a simple old fashioned whitey US type who does not trust those orientals, or you may be just an old fashioned racist, or you may be a troll.
You must understand that it has been the US intention to divide China and Russia, so those who suggest Putin not trust Xi are playing to the tune of the USA, either deliberately or because fooled.
The USA until Mao, thought China was its imperial domain – the spoils of WWI and earlier colonialist ventures. China under Chiang Kai Chek was supposed to be a US vassal, bring to USA enormous riches. That is why USA supported giving China a seat on the UN security council.
Then along comes the PRC, which initially was close to the USSR. Korea happened and China was listed as enemy no 2. The bamboo curtain was up and China largely isolated.
It took the USA 20 years to get over its shock, but in the late 60s and early 70s it grasped a chance to encourage a split between USSR and China. That is when the US opened up trade etc. Still viewed as a large but very poor and non threatening nation the USA and the west grabbed the profits from outsourcing manufacturing weakening the USSR which now had a hostile power along its eastern border. China was used to weaken not just the USSR but also Japan which in the 1980s was seen to be a rising economic power which the USA must contain. This policy was essentially a USA success. Japan was contained and turned into an obedient puppet that knew its place and the USSR collapsed.
Then came 10-20 years of US hubris. Having crushed two rivals USSR and China they set out to dominate the Middle east – Iran particularly. However taking their eye off the ball, both China and the Russia re-emerged. By 2010 both had become significant, but by that time the US government and policy skills had essentially collapsed and there was no one capable of changing direction. I suspect that in part UK skills had also collapsed and the Atlantic faction of the USA which had ridden on the UK coat tails were left flailing about.
By about 2010 China had emerged from under the shade and was developing a military- a navy in particular, The US started to be alarmed and talked ineffectively of containment. China and Russia were working together in forums such as BRICS. The USA was successfully able to prise Brazil from BRICS and weaken India’s attachment, but not the Russia/China connection.
The US worked to weaken the Russia -China connection but there was/is division. The Republicans – advised by Kissinger felt that being friendly to Russia was good and USA should fight China first. All that oil and gas in Russia was attractive. Trump who took advice from Kissinger largely followed this play book. However the US East Coast elites still hated Russia (UK and NY bankers perhaps), while West Coast traders were very bound up with China (Pelosi!!!).
Meanwhile both China and Russia realised that the US was not to be trusted and that if either one of them fell again then the US would be able to attack the other. These two nations realised that survival depended on watching each other’s back. That is where we are today. These two can trust each other because they have no choice. They have a common enemy. When the USA is finally reduced to a regional power not a world dominating empire, then perhaps Russia and China will return to distrust, but we are ten years or more from this and neither Putin nor Xi will be in the saddle.
Did you need to be so condescending toward Willi with your ad hominems in your opening paragraph?
It is clear to me that WEF/Schwab and his cohorts are not friends of humanity.. they have been behind the destruction of Western civilization.. and they certainly are no friend of Russia (not sure about milquetoast China, who rarely ever takes a stand, whether it is in Syria or Kazakhstan, Yemen).
Why is Schwab relating to the president of China as if he is a king or royalty or otherwise? Why is China giving them any platform altogether? We have a lot of questions and concerns, and they are valid. What turns me off from this site is the mentality showcased by you and others. A lot of ego on display. Nothing impressive.
From where I’m standing, it isn’t China we (Americans, those in the West) need to worry about (re the neocons, republicans position) but the European, Anglo-Zionist elites, bloodlines, what have you. It is really difficult to discern what is what anymore. I’m more worried about the latter elites than China, but still I don’t trust ANY governments at this point.
And what is this western civilization that you seem to equate with humanity? The industrial slave trade of the blacks? The “civilizing mission” of overexploiting and dehumanizing them, which continues to this day? I think we have to abandon Eurocentrism (=Western centrism)…and raise our heads a bit.
The truth is that after the successful coup d’état against the USSR, the West had the leisure and the time to act according to the laws of its true nature, without any real constraint… And in view of the actions of this Western civilization, we can well understand this nature: predation, negation of the other if this other does not mean submission to the West…
And we see many people in the comments, suddenly remembering, by a purely racist reflex that they themselves often ignore, that the Russians are “white”, and therefore closer to the West… They must be wary of these “non-whites”, of these Chinese, etc. It never occurs to them, that even during the hours of their greatest enmity, the Russians have never done to the Chinese, nor the Chinese to the Russians (nor either of these two peoples to any other people), what the West has done and continues to do!
A clarification, when I speak about the West, I speak about the system, because you see, Barack Hussein Obama is even more Western than the most Western of this site! But it’s clear that when you have only grown up in this civilization, seeing the world otherwise than through it is a real challenge!
Having intensively studied China these last 21 years (due to business opportunities there for the first 7 years), I would say what I told Saker and Auslander (backdoor in emails) in 2012. President Xi was going for Mao v.2 and hard line (Mass Line, they call it) Communist rule. And so, he has done exactly that.
What this means in terms of the multipolarity, BRI goals and means, the “alliance” with Russia, and our hopes for a better global economic environment, is that he is limited by age, if not by age limits, being elected leader for life.
As for China dominating the world because it is so powerful, large and growing a huge military, the reality is China has no natural energy sources to sustain its size and power. It needs oil and gas, as well as water and timber, as well as other strategic minerals. And it has to import and enormous supply of food for all the people.
Thus, it may be a giant and it may become #1 in economy, but it is a very import-dependent country and they cannot do domestic substitution for what they vitally need.
Thus, even if China wanted to be a global hegemon, it is impossible. It can set the pace for global development, but it cannot dominate the globe.
Fears over China are not based on the facts. Do a SitRep on China’s resources and you can see that it is hamstrung for lack of energy resources. When hydrogen and portable small nuclear power engines and power plants replace oil and gas engines and turbines, it will be the very end of this century.
So, there are huge limitations on China.
As for Russia and Putin having to watch their back, that comes natural to Russians.
Whereas, China cannot make a move anywhere without Russia having their back. The opposite clearly is not the case.
Russia is vital to China. Even in Space, the Chinese have linked up with Russia for a some of next phase of Space exploration and exploitation. They will cooperate on a Moon Base and economic development there.
Xi’s ideology didn’t build China’s wealth and successes. It is in the process of regulating and reforming the market capitalism, and we shall have to see how this affects the big technology companies and financial entities (in some cases, one and the same). This next five year term is crucial. China is under many forms of stress tests. Expect surprises.
xi and company are very aware the trajectory of western financialized capitalism is a dead end that self destructs and takes down every society that drinks the coolaid as is happening to the usa right now. all this form of capitalism does is enrich a a sliver of society impoverishing the other 99.9% until everything implodes from the unstoppable explosion of new debt to keep the plates spinning.
all russia and china need do is prevent a nuclear war for another 10 years after which the usa will have become so enfeebled by the finance capitalism cancer it will be on its deathbed from social unrest, impoverishment and grotesque imbalance.
both xi and putin are determined to prevent that cancer from taking root in their societies
Well put Larch
I should have mentioned the resource dependency of China.
That is why, in certain circumstances( during or after a war ) Siberia ,full of resources ,slightly inhabited ( 36 millions ) and a huge area could tempt China ( 1400 millions and resources hungered ) to take over, or maybe the global West, to break the camel’s neck ,will tempt China to reverse course, by recognizing it as part of China.
There are some prophecies in this regard.
For now, there are no options for Russia .She should stay close to China and others, but for the future, she needs more people in Siberia and not necessarily mixed couples .
Shoigu has begun his plan to develop three cities mid-Siberia. In a few years the center of gravity of Russia will shift eastward. With the Far East developing, the North (Arctic) developing, and Siberia now on the front burner of development (led by Shoigu who gets mega projects done), the notion that the vast land and resources of Russia lay virgin and easy for the taking. As these cities develop as habitats, they are being designed along with the resources (natural and human) of each locale.
The taiga is a great gift from Mother Nature and Putin and Shoigu have planned for years to use it strategically.
It is like a castling move on the chessboard. As the important ministries of the government shift from Moscow in time, the Liberals will be left behind and the Asian Pacific will be feeling the power of the Russian Federation is now thousands of miles closer.
In the minds of the next generations, the notion that Russia is a European flange will never be imagined. Russia will be more Asian and absolutely the central power of Eurasia.
Pardon an incomplete sentence. It should read:
With the Far East developing, the North (Arctic) developing, and Siberia now on the front burner of development (led by Shoigu who gets mega projects done), the notion that the vast land and resources of Russia lay virgin and easy for the taking will disappear from all thought.
This is Good news ! Thanks !
You think like an imperialist ie a Brit or yank. China does not need to own the resources, but have access to them. The Chinese (the Han) have not been a very expansionist society ever in their 5000 year history, other than by settlement of population. They are traders by nature, not imperialists.
They have a very strong defence philosophy hence the Great Wall and their history has mostly been one of invasion by the fearful Mongol hordes (FROM Siberia), and latterly Europe/ Japan, rather than themselves being the expansionist aggressors. Think Kublai Khan, the Quin dynasty and of course the Golden Horde. Most of the expansion of China has been via the actions of the Mongolian invaders, not the core han people.
I am not trying to whitewash or see them through rose tinted glasses, but the extraordinary closure during the Ming dynasty and a rejection of imperialism does indicate a lesser taste for expansion than our European forebears
The whole topic of “suspicion that China could knife Russia in the back …and take over Russian land”….is a figment of imagination of the CIA and the NATO soldier-trolls who have been given the task of engaging in social media and planting confusion. they appear sometimes on the Saker site and are currently highly active on the RT comments section.
Russia took some land from China around 1958 but both sides have a mutual asian-style compromise, whereby the topic is not raised loudly and immediately but Chinese are given the opportunity to trade and settle in this disputed area and there will be a time when the Chinese will – maybe – outnumber the Russian population and there will be more formal negotiations about the whole Sovereignty issue…but not today.
The same processes occurred with German tribes settling in Polish Pommerania over centuries.
As for a burgeoning Chinese population looking ‘enviously’ at empty Russian lands and then deciding to make a grab for it…this is not the Chinese nor the Russian way of doing things. But it is certainly a tradition amongst European settler tribes globally over the centuries…that is proven…the genocide of First Nation tribes at the hands of white European settlers, is the best example.
Any ‘dispute’ between China and Russia really was not and is not a big deal in geopolitical terms, so “watcher” is basically correct in addressing the source of any such rumours as being US inspired ‘fearmongering.’
I only see good coming from the cooperation between Russia and China…
I disagree. Some people are more formidable, historically, and the Chinese are. “Work like a Chinese” is a saying in at least one language. Now that they have a mixed system, being adjusted as best they can, there’s no stopping their obvious economic advance. Something similar will happen to Russia not only because of its people but because it is the richest nation in terms of natural resources. Both are improving the quality of life of their people more than the press reports. MSNBC, sometime ago, did a great report on the immense new middle class in China (must be something to behold!). Let’s say you can only keep a good man down by tying him, what communism did to them. There’s no stopping them now, it’s up, up and away.
Nuclear power can largely eliminate the need for oil / gas and coal for that matter. Closed fuel cycles (Russia is the leader here) can make the fuel resource almost irrelevant (a miniscule amount of uranium can go a long way).
That can’t happen overnight though. China is building a lot of reactors. If your take is accurate and they are limited in oil and gas (although they seem to be finding more), then if I were China, I would build a lot more reactors as quickly as possible, to lessen that dependence.
“Do a SitRep on China’s resources and you can see that it is hamstrung for lack of energy resources.”
What do you think of breakthrough in fusion reactor technology (Artificial Sun)?
When become operational, it will be paradigm shift in energy production/consumption.
It had been said that main problem of fusion reactor is that it can’t be made small enough. It is not question of “if”, but “when”.
China could switch from fossil-fuel importer, to exporter of pure electricity, litteraly over night.
The point is, we can not predict what future brings by looking in past philosophic views or way of life. World is simply changing too fast for that.
this is the kind of comment one expects to see posted over at Gail’s http://www.ourfiniteworld.com blog.
Energy is indeed the key and America had what no other nation will ever have again cheap to extract oil to build her industrial powerhouse.
As Gail readily explains though is today the pendulum has swung so far in the other direction that the cost to extract oil is becoming so cost prohibitive that our economies and way of life is indeed in jeopardy.
Producers need high prices but consumers need low prices and that is certainly reflected at the gas pump. Even the other day a friend from work who drives a large SUV was bitterly complaining about gas here in Canada reaching the level of 1.60. Not happy and is considering going the electric route lol.
Now Gail is no peak oil theorist but that sweet crude that just bubbled up out of the ground is long, long gone and America had it in immense quantities at very cheap prices. This we will never see again never! One might be interested to learn what an American Rear Admiral named Hyman Rickover [father of nuclear submarines] had to say on the subject as well which is in the piece slide 5.
Beyond that are some sage words by Ludwig Erhard, Germany’s Minister of finance at the end of WW2 said:
“Give us depression or problems, but not inflation, for it spells eventually certain death to any economy.”
Last year i was asked to travel about an hour away to get some cap screws which cost 4.00 each though we got them for just under that about 2.99 each and I bought 25. Do the math and then put in my time and truck time 3.5 hours and I’m still scratching my head over it all?
I never thought I’d see the day screws ‘tiny ones’ were in dollar figures?
By the way lumber lol? I remember from my youth 45 years ago a gentlemen who relayed to me that our local Mill on Vancouver Island was asked by the Chinese to convert the Mill to cut only Cedar and if they did that they would buy all we could cut and ship. This they did and after many years the Chinese came back and told these same people that they no longer needed anymore Cedar to the horror of the Mill and they complained bitterly. Yeah, we converted the Mill and our supply chain for you and now your going to leave us in the lurch they complained and argued. The reply okay we’ll just cut back on the quantity but we need a better price board foot. We wouldn’t pay the previous? lol?
Very much like last year’s speech; and like last year’s, this one will also find deaf ears and empty minds. Xi’s fourth point is the most critical and the one that will certainly go ignored just as it was last year. The best Xi can do is to make what he espouses a reality for those willing to listen and participate, while combining with his partners to protect what they’re building.
How does an atmosphere with less carbon dioxide in it give us a “greener” future?
I think he meant browner.
What he didn’t say was we should stand for small government and the decentralisation of power.
He didn’t say that entrepreneurs should be encouraged and the market decide their fate.
He didn’t say that the monetary system is broken and that it needs fixing before it fails completely.
He didn’t mention the power of the western oligarchy and their roadmap to authoritarianism.
He didn’t mention God or the sovereignty of the individual.
But why should he?
One of the things that I enjoy watching from western people is the expectation that everybody thinks and speaks like them.
What if … the speech was written to bring him closer to the enemy?
What if … he is simply buying time by ingratiating himself to the audience as he waits for the collapse?
What if …. he paid lip service to an idea simply to be polite to his hosts?
Eastern philosophy contains wheels within wheels in terms of thought process, you can’t compare western to eastern philosophy but what I can tell you is this, the oldest empires are the most deadly, they’ve already been through the adolescent growth pangs and have survived. China and India are arguably the oldest.
@LBDuck: “He didn’t mention God or the sovereignty of the individual.”
Not surprising. When I mention God and/or personal immortality to my Buddhist friend she finds it hard not to laugh. Also the sayings of Confucius mention a vague concept called Sky but his main emphasis is respect for ancestors, parents, education and public service. Confucius reminds me of Judaism — but without Jehovah.
Your friend is imagining a God as portrayed to children.
Try asking her if she believes in kindness and sacrifice.
Or malevolence and greed.
He can be explained logically, spiritually, culturally, even biologically.
It’s not so hard to understand who God is, if you want to.
We see so easily how acts of evil have repercussions through the ages…… perhaps eternally.
So too do acts of goodness. To me, they are expressions of God. Therefore, He exists.
Confucius based his teachings on Daoist philosophy which essentially states that energy flows, and people should understand that flow and adapt to it rather than fight it, or learn how to use it to advantage without trying to change it. From spring comes summer, comes fall, comes winter and repeat so use each season for its purpose. Likewise good and evil.
Daoist philosophy also suggests there is a higher plane or purpose but these things are unknowable so although they should be considered, religion itself should be avoided for it clouds the mind to the realities around us.
The concepts of Daoist thought need to be considered when interpreting Xi’s meanings.
Thanks JackJC, I hope you are right. I like your logic.
Truth however, has got to get a look in somewhere, somehow, sometime.
“No “countercurrents” could stop the trend of economic globalization, Xi noted. “Economic globalization is the trend of the times. Though countercurrents are sure to exist in a river, none could stop it from flowing to the sea,” Xi said” Chinese President Xi Jinping
The wisdom coming out off a 5000 year old Civilization….
Kraus will be happy that Xi is, like, family ya know >_<
The court of global public opinion is not in the West (14% of global pop), but in the developing world (84% of global pop). China’s trade policy is about them. China engages with the non-aligned.
Hello, dear friends of Saker’s Community,
There is something in Xi words that makes me shiver a bit. It seems to be a suggestion, a proposition for continuation of globalization under Chinese leadership. It is one thing to speak about economic development centered on “the people needs”, and a completely different thing to implement it in global scale under capitalism rules. The economic analysis of Marx remains valid, and capitalism is a dead end road.
To be more clear, the whole discourse sounds like China suggesting herself to take the place of US as flagship of the globalization fleet. If so, what will be the international division of work?
Take a look at Larchmonter’s comments here and the responses.
Superb comments as usual from our colleague @Larchmonter. Earlier today, during a private conversation with a close friend, I told her many of the points @Larchmonter rises, and it is great to find my impressions confirmed by him. Indeed, I still miss the point of Xi attending Davos with such discourse.
It will be difficult for China feed from Russian energy and Brazilian iron and soy, Argentinian soy… and so on to manufacture and sell nice stuff to Europe/US while the commodities providers gets harassed by Europe/US.
True multipolarity should arrive first.
i totally agree with you and, yeah, multi polarity must come first! but, perhaps, it seems we’re gonna have to endure a period with an agonizing suicidal beast biting everyone else while it also explodes from within. and this is extremely dangerous and unpredictable in so many levels… due to their exceptionalism, they are unable to adjust their perspective to this new upcoming conjecture and this might bring down all of us along.
they recently had an event (in the modes of the 201 event) rehearsing what it would be if the world had a colossal financial hacking scenario resulting in a complete global chaos.
A central problem with globalization is that it saps power and sovereignty from the somewhat accountable government officials of a nation to an unaccountable global corporate oligarchy.
This makes the people lose accountable political representation, and to be increasingly pressured to toe the party line of those external powers, and lose access to individual paths for personal growth and development. In short, it leads to tyranny and rejection of this very conversation as a valid form of contribution.
The fundamental political issue is the difference between man and an animal, as an expression of man made in the image of god, creative reason. Politics must answer to this difference, or be doomed to collapse from the inherent cannibalistic nature of concentrated political power. Tyranny kills the goose that lays the golden eggs, that is human cognition and creativity reaching its full potential within each individual, and human culture doing the same.
Most of history is mankind trying to get out from under the thumb of an oppressor who seeks to tax their economic life force and liberties.
Government must be responsive to people’s inherent interests and needs, and never kneel sovereignty to a global cabal. When it does, it essentially sells out its own people to become slaves, exposing them to many new hazards at the hands of the new master by virtue of a complete lack of political accountability. This is essentially taxation and rule without representation.
But they are ( the o’s at least) being held accountable, or at least on a very short leash.
It’s the somewhat accountable government officials that have an endless denial loop with the economy as the underlying soft spot.
Should it be proved to be endless, DC would then become a useless and even destructive mechanism that making it irrelevant, becomes an option.
But they are ( the o’s at least) being held accountable, or at least on a very short leash.
By “they” do you mean the elected government officials? If that is what you mean, then yes, they are indeed accountable — but not to us, the 99%. To the one percent, whose goals are usually not ours.