奥运会 – Olympic Games – A view from China

This is the peroration from a Chinese blog post: Random Thoughts Following the Olympic Games Starts. If you scroll down on the link you can see the full text in English.

The successful opening of the Beijing Olympic Games pushed a new China image to the world. It is strong but mild and non-aggresive. I trust that any viewer who had watched the performance on the opening ceremony or anyone who recently visited China would have his own judgement for such a China, who previously did not introduced itself to the outside world in such a manner and what’s more, with a differential fall between the reality and what was previously smeared up in the West. For the Chinese, the Western press, once regarded here by some as objective and just, showed off its hostile and malicious sides.

The hosting of the Olympic games hosted here makes us to take a second look at ourselves, who we are, what we can, where our potential is, and where we are going. From the precise tic-toc arrangement of the performances at the ceremony and our achievement in preparing and servicing the game, we become increasingly clear and confident of our capabilities, of what we could achieve through our mutual effort. The anti-China forces gave a stimulus to the Chinese to embrace closer to ourselves and failed to alienate us. This must be quite out of their expectation.

It is a fact China keeps becoming powerful. We don’t have to deny that we have grown up higher. The lyrics in the Hymn to the Country cannot be more true: Praise to our country, from today she goes strong and prosperous … through so much hardships we finally won our liberty. The heroic people has stood up !” It is such a blessing for the people in our current generations to live through and witness the progress of our country, from weak to strong.

However my hope would be that, such a strong comeback of this nation will not blind our eyes in our direction towards an even higher civilization and prosperity, it will not foster self-conceited, self-involved, petty-minded nationalism. Instead we will become to be a mature world power. Even a strong military force in reserve doesn’t need to be exerted to guarantee our prosperity. Soft power should be given priority in our seek for identity in the international community. In other words, to be strong is not to destroy, but to have the power to destroy and not to destroy. In another respect, we shouldn’t mind too much what the Western world think of us. It would be utterly wrong to project their reactions to our path of development, or to adjust our path whenever they protest. It has never been so clear to us that, the more we care about their response, the more they will use our weakness to manipulate us. We should have the confidence suitable for a big nation like ours, and to smile through our course to an even better nation, while those anti-China forces become desperate and unwanted.

China, go ! With the might how you could move yourself through the Olympics. Go !

There’s quite a lot of food for thought there. As I have already implicitly suggested, you need to read the full text to get the full argument.

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