While mistakes of the Soviet Union put it in the museum, China’s capacity to adapt and reinvent itself could soon make it the most important country in the world.
Last weekend, I addressed a 70th anniversary commemoration of the victory of the Chinese revolution. I joked to the Chinese diplomats present that I had spoken at the 70th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia too and look what happened after that!
It is now clear however that China had the more sagacious and forward thinking leadership. And that the myriad mistakes of the Soviet model put it in the museum while China goes from strength to strength. I’m happy for China but sad for the people of the former Soviet Union. And here’s why.
然而，现在很清楚的是，中国拥有更具智慧和前瞻性思维的领导。 苏联模式的无数错误让它进入了博物馆，而中国的实力却在不断增强。 我为中国感到高兴，但为前苏联人民感到悲哀。 这就是原因。
China’s capacity to adapt, to evolve, to reinvent itself has made it the second most important country in the world. If I live a normal life-span, I will see it become the first.
Thus, two of my children, who are under 5, go to a Chinese school instead of the Russian language schools I had earlier imagined.
The Soviet-inspired (and assisted) victory of the Chinese revolution doubled life expectancy (from just 40 to 80), doubled the population, and on the mainland, ceded not one inch of territory. To the contrary, Hong Kong has returned to the motherland as Taiwan will, one day.
The Chinese economy flourishes despite all the efforts of its adversaries, 800 million people have been lifted out of poverty, and poverty itself will be a museum piece before very long.
But nothing that was wrong in the USSR needed to be an existential threat to the existence of the state and its role in the world. If Perestroika had come before Glasnost I could have now been looking forward to speaking at the 102nd anniversary of the victory of the October Revolution next month instead of writing this with a tear in my eye.
Happy 70th anniversary China and my best regards.
Go, go Grate China yours is 21st. sentcury!
Well, not quite. You could say that the 21st century will be both Russian and Chinese.
The US shouldn't have sent it's manufacturing their, That's the price to pay for profits in the short-term
..and america thinks its equal to this somehow??....america is crumbling and filty and run down where china has entered the modern age surpassing america in every way..astonishing!
Well said George. There are many like you who hope that the foundations laid by the USSR are still there to be built on.
Only stupid Hong Kongers celebrate with protests and riots......