Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What China needs

I was struck by the following passage in this NYT story:

"The victory of the aggressors was a humiliation for the Chinese nation,” Chu Yimin, a People’s Liberation Army general and political commissar, said in an interview published on Monday in Study Times, a party newspaper. “The wounds are increasingly healed over, but the scars remain, and what we need most of all nowadays is to awaken an intense sense of humiliation, so that we never forget the humiliation of our country and military, and turn knowledge of this into courage.

Really? This is what China needs more than anything else? Holy cow. It seems to me we have seen this movie before. The language is more bombastic, but the basic idea is the same.

What might have been done with the peace treaty of Versailles!

How could this instrument of boundless extortion and shameful abasement have become, in the hands of a willing government, a means of whipping up national passions to the boiling point! How, by means of the genial propagandistic utilization of these sadistic atrocities, could a people's indifference be raised to indignation, and indignation to the most blazing anger!

How every one of these points could have been burned into the brain and feeling of this nation until, finally, in the heads of sixty million men and women the same sense of shame and the same hate would have become a single fiery sea of flames, out of whose glow a steely will would have risen and a cry forced itself: We want arms once more!

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I have read enough of this kind of double-talk. He reminds you of the national humiliation but keep sending his children overseas for education and secretly sending his money to foreign bank accounts. Even the dummiest Chinese in Inner Mongolia don't trust this kind of general.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Jul 30, 2014 8:23:16 AM

Chinese people are subject to so much propaganda which they consider lies. In fact, they are more cynical about what their government tell them than people in western countries. However, the maintain an appearance of accepting the government positions on such issues, they have to pretend they agree to them. The net result is that every body is lyinging and the level of trust is non-existent.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Aug 1, 2014 11:13:48 AM

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