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 But I think it is felt particularly strongly in China, because of the abject devastation, humiliation and suffering they perceive themselves to have experienced as a country and as a people since the first half of the 19th century.  Today, the aftermath of this disastrous recent history is patent in China's economic and some (including perhaps Yì Zhōngtiān) would say social or moral retardment.

blowback is a bitch, and people have much longer memories for slights, both real and imagined, than they do for compliments or favours.

the britpire committed some of the most cynical colonial maneuvers in history to the chinese, and they have been nursing the grudge against 'the west' ever since, mao got a lot of mileage out of that, and now his descendants have inherited the slow burn resentment.

it is interesting to watch china dispense with some the shy masks it needed to wear to be invited to the table of world trade, (thanks nixon).

now it plays our game better than we do, it remains to be seen how magnanimous they'll be in economic victory.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Feb 19th, 2010 at 06:18:55 PM EST
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