I guess if you have been born to believe that you have a God given mandate to rule te world – and for the rest of the minions to be consigned to pats on their backs, or be out sourcers for your cheap goods at home, or somewhere to flood the market almost forcibly sometimes (WTO and the Opium Wars earlier) with your goods, then you could be forgiven for a bloated sense of your own importance. Long after it has become irrelevant. So with Western Media where they try to belittle China’s stunning acheivment at the Olympic Games by constantly harping on the killing by a psychopath of the father in law of one of the coaches of the US basket ball team. Or a bomb explosion on the Chinese borders of Afganistan and Ladakh. Or the latest reports on the cost of the opening ceremony in Beijing on an (oh so poor) China, or the level of pollution in Beijing . Excuse me, the only major enterprise that the US has to show for itself in the last 10 years is the Iraq War – which cost a 1000 times more that the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic games, killed more people and caused more pollution that can be even imagined.
The fall out of the opening ceremony is not just that it shows that China is the next economic superpower – but that it will also be the next centre for the Arts. New York is about to lose it’s place and the revered New York critic is about to be redundant, replaced by a far far more vibrant world of Art and Culture in the East. Eastern culture will nt longer be consigned to a ‘cutism’ but is about to become the mainstream culture of the world. In Shanghai and Beijing, in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. It’s already happening and all that needs to be done is that the Chinese Govt needs to let go of it’s outdated controls over the arts.
I completely agree that Tibet is a problem and I would not like to see a Buddhist civilization destroyed by Chinese expansionist plans. We have so much to learn from it. But hey – the whole show by Yang Zhimou is so Buddhist – years of communism have not been able to destroy a fundamental culture, a fundamental belief, a fundamental mythology. Yang Zhimou’s Hero (the film) was also so Buddhist in it’s nature ,story and presentation. Is China at it’s heart still a Buddhist country ?