It may not always be in the interest of the United States when China offers advice, but it would be best to listen carefully. When countries compare histories, China’s light would shine against many Christian and Islamic nations that have often waged wars needlessly. China’s philosophical and religious foundations from Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism have had a large influence over “many” but not all of China’s decisions.
In 1421, a huge Chinese armada sailed across the Pacific, then the Indian Ocean. The Chinese did some exploring and trading, then went home to stay. There were no wars—no land grabs or invasions. Seventy years later, Columbus crossed the Atlantic and found the Americas. In a few centuries, many ancient civilizations vanished and millions died.
For more than two thousand years, China was a super power and the leaders of China never used that power to wage wars of conquest like the West. Then in the 19th century, the Chinese became the victims of Western Imperialism.
So, when the Chinese Foreign Minister urges patience in Iran nuclear talks, maybe America, in its endless ” wisdom“, should listen before millions die in more needless wars. I’m sure that China doesn’t want a nuclear Iran any more than the rest of the world. Afer all, Tehran’s future missles are closer to Beijing, and China is no stranger to problems with Islam.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.
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