William, The differences between the West and China could also be a source of strength rather than division. As you accurately noted, it's a different system, not necessarily worse or better, just different. I think that for now we continue to see areas where goals align between China and the West. I think the wariness and elements of the distrust arise from knowing that there are wide areas where the differences, objectives and plans are just so mismatched.
The article was not to celebrate or highlight the differences but primarily meant to point them out so we can work towards finding meeting grounds. It's been done successfully for at least the last three decades. Let's hope we can continue to work thorugh the differences and advance shared economic, political and human goals.
The China-West issue is both cultural and a relational issue. The Chinese cultural belief system is community centered and relational. The West is object focused and so unable to understand the interpersonal expectations of the Chinese. Yes China's relationship with the West will continue to be defined by mutual distrust because of the difference in cultural approaches that creates conflicts as well as the competition between China and the West for Super power. The interdependence of the West and China will only be that of convinience. The West cannot trust China, neither will China trust the West , that is just the reality of the competion for supremacy.
Reading that "China will be establishing a ministerial-level panel to review takeovers of local companies by foreign investors because it wants to keep foreigners out of sensitive areas" is surprising. China's message is late but needed step. The US will not allow foreigners in national defense or in NASA.
I agree with the article, and there is something that we need to understand..
The biggest and first thing that we run into is that China is different. This is not to say better or worse, right or wrong, just that China is different. This means that even after we would astablish communications, we still will have challenges on a wide realm of details: the work ethic is completely different, the distribution of respect is completely different, and, although it is sometimes not in the foreground, the government is very different.
What this means to us in the USA is that we must not expect that every action will be aimed at maximizing the quarterly return for the investors. I know that is a heresy in some circles, but in China the primary goal is not to enrich American stockholders. IT may not even be to enrich their own business owners. It may also be that the government would not reveal what it's intentions are for the future.
If the Cina government would decide that we should be left behind in some market, it is quite likely that it would happen, since there is an abundance of inexpensive and very dedicated labor available in China, and a whole rural segment of population that has not been tapped to any great extent yet.
The challenge would be to convince them that we can procede as a team, and that we can both benefit at the same time. A competition would not benefit us at all, since China has not only the natural resources available, but is very rapidly gaining the technical resources that they would need. WE all need to understand that.
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