cassowary wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:00 pm
You (and I assume your attitude is typical in western demcracies) are the reason why western democracies are losing the long war against totalitarian CCP. You are very short sighted. Democracies have this weakness - they are unable to think ahead. This means implementing policies that may cause short term pain but brings long term gains. But right off the starting gate, you surrender to the CCP.
Don't personalise this Cassowary - nothing to do with me at all. I am merely the bearer of bad tidings. Shooting the messenger does not change the content of the news.
Just because it is not the sort of news you would rather hear is not reason to throw a hissy fit and hurl accusations around.
The right strategy to preserve democracy is to move your factories out of China into places like India, Latin America etc. This means erecting tariffs on Chinese goods. Yes, it will cause short term pain for places like Australia which will suffer from a Chinese boycott.
It could bring our economy crashing to the ground with no gains to show thereafter. We are not siucudal out here.
By the way, it is easy enough to demand that others make all of the sacrifices. What would Singapore be willing to sacrifice in your quixotic quest of bringing the PRC undone? Or are Singapore policy makers resigned that the PRC is here to stay?
As you said, no Australian government will agree because they will be voted out by people like you.
No Cassowary: they will be voted out once the current government has lost the respect of the Australian voting public. The surent way to do this is to let our national economy slump due to causes that can be directly related to government policy - including rash foreign policy moves.
So Chinese GDP has bought over the Australian government even though they don't realise it.
If that were true then the PRC government would not now be continuing to impose selective tasriffs on Australian exports to their country in retalliati9on for our Prime Minister upsetting them by pushing for a WTO inquiry into the cause of the Covid-19 epidemic at Wuhan.
On the other hand, the CCP's totalitarian system also has its weaknesses. Yay. China's demographic problem is a manifestation of that. For decades, China had a one child policy. Nobody dared to tell the dictators at the top that it is a mistake. This inability to deliver bad news may cause its downfall. Let's see. We live in interesting times.
To my understanding there was no one child
restrictions placed on Chinese parents in Mao's time - you could have as many kids as you liked then.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl ... developing
The Chinese State Council launched the policy in 1979, “so the rate of population growth may be brought under control as soon as possible.” However, the root cause of the policy lay back in the 1960s with Mao Zedong's belief that “the more people, the stronger we are”—an ideology that prevented China from developing the highly successful voluntary family planning programmes that countries such as South Korea and Taiwan had put in place in the 1960s.
It dates from Deng's time and was not a dictate imposed by Deng unilaterally but a collective decision made by what the link refers to as the Chinese State Council. The move was clearly intended to stop China's spiraling population growth from overpowering the carrying capacity of the land: creating future conditions for mass starvation which had these been allowed to happen would have pushed Mao's post Great leap foreward famine into the shadows.
Where China's government went wrong was in not having the wit to get rid of this policy once it has acheived its objective of stabilising Chinas population size.
I am just glad that I live in a country where we have never had to resort to such draconian measures to9 curb population growth as a matter of national survival.