An American’s Mixed Feelings about China

The Letter

I’ve lived in Asia four years and my feelings about China are unconventional and mixed.

China’s international policy seems the same with defense and intellectual property: They claim rights to everything. But, Beijing Communists are not Nazi’s, as the West often perceives. Nor is Chinese Communism the same as Russian Communism.

Hitler wanted to take over the world because he worshiped Satan. Russia’s Communism placed government above God. Beijing, on the other hand, just wants respect—from other nations and from religions inside their country. But, China is still learning how to gain that respect. Maybe they’d have more respect if they settled more and disputed less. No one respects people who boast their accomplishments at every opportunity, yet always attempt to dominate neighbors. China’s no exception. They’ll learn, though, contraire to conventional Western opinion.

As for religion, China is phenomenal. Under Beijing’s Communism, China’s Christian Church grew to become the largest, fastest-growing, and healthiest in the world. The secret, in my humble opinion? They didn’t allow institutionalized religion. In other words: They banned American pastors.

I still don’t understand why American Christians want to send missionaries to China. Beijing assumes American missionaries are spies. Moreover, how could the fastest-shrinking Church (America) “help” the fastest-growing Church (China), other than to “help” it shrink? It can’t. As narcissistic as America accuses China of being—and not without reason—American Christians are more narcissistic for trying to “help” China, rather than learning from the Chinese Church: Jesus didn’t want institutionalized religion. Thank you, China.

Intellectual property? I don’t think the Chinese mind gets the concept, actually. It’s not so much an issue of honesty as it is about culture. Liberals in America keep telling us that wealthy people only ever succeed by stealing. Actually, it’s not true, but maybe China believed them. If theft is necessary for success, let’s steal. What’s to say that this Liberal ideology hasn’t affected China’s policy toward currency and patents?

Generally, I think we all should mind our own businesses. America needs to deal with her own internal problems, focus on her own Church, and encourage the Second Amendment to defend America’s soil on America’s own soil. China’s done great by freeing-up businesses—another thing Communist Russia never did—as well as keeping religious establishments at bay. But, they should apologize for Tienanmen Square and free-up speech, showing their power that they don’t fear truth. And, they should ally with their neighbors. Even if China rightly claims it’s countless disputed islands, give them away to lesser nations to show their power through charity and friendship. Then the Chinese people will support Beijing’s free press policy and the United States wouldn’t have so many excuses to parade her aircraft carriers off China’s shores.

While China and America both have a lot to learn, America likes to villainize everyone with a “Communist” label. In China’s case, it’s not the same Communism. The old labels no longer fit.

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