The United Nations’ Votes Against Jerusalem As Isreal’s Capital Got Nothing To Do With Palestine, It’s All About China!

I’m not trying to be controversial, but it’s my opinion that the United Nations’ Trump condemnation votes in regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal had a deeper intention on a grand geopolitical scale.  What do I mean by this?  I think the countries that voted against the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital for Isreal don’t really care much about the Palestinian claim for the Jerusalem, but these countries fear that if Trump is successful in claiming Jerusalem for Isreal could allow Trump to go on for an even bolder declaration.

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What declaration?  What if Trump gets so much confidence to eventually declare Taiwan as an independent country?  I think this is why the United Nations decided to vote no against Trump because they didn’t want to see Trump crosses China’s Taiwan redline.  Afterall, I don’t think China would leave Taiwan alone without doing something serious if Taiwan gets embolden enough to declare itself as an independent country.  If this to happen, the whole Asia region could get roil up in events that could lead to a much grander geopolitical fallout.

What a grander geopolitical fallout in Asia?  Well, imagine if China decides to invade Taiwan when Taiwan declares a separation from the motherland, the United States has to defend Taiwan.  Although the United States may not aid Taiwan through military immediately, the United States will eventually have to.  As the escalation gets only even more escalated, the genie would be out of the bottle and nobody at such a time would know how to bottle up the genie again.

It’s cliche to say that if China invades Taiwan we will have WWIII.  I think it’s a possibility this could be the case.  Though there are other options available such as the talk will begin to have Taiwan assimilates into China similarly to how Hong Kong and Macau have been.  Nonetheless, you can never rule out president Trump’s unpredictability.  Thus, the United Nations does not want to predict what president Trump will do.  Instead of predicting president Trump’s future movements, my guess is that the United Nations decided to vote against Trump on Jerusalem decision to prevent president Trump from getting too embolden in the near future.

 

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So, Neoliberalism Is Wrong And Dangerous?

It was kind of hard for me to follow all the details within the YouTube’s video lecture on “Neoliberalism and History, or: How Should We Understand China?” in which professor Michael Puett of Harvard weaves a web of cautions and insights on why Neoliberalism ideal isn’t perfect and could lead to a danger of a breakdown of a society.  In the video, he also admits that people for centuries have been trying to create ideal worlds in which they believe to be natural and perfect and so whatever and whoever that doesn’t fit within such an idealistic world would ultimately be forced into accepting the ideal world or be perished through violence.  Sometimes, people in the pasts were lucky to be flourished at certain periods within such an ideal world they created and believed to be natural, but often they all failed in the end.  The dangerous thing about believing in an ideal world to be natural and perfect, professor Michael Puett points out in the video, is that the people within such a world often fail to see the hidden dangers of such a world they create and live within.  People in such a world would fail to learn the mistakes of other alternate worlds that had gotten created by other people of other cultures in the past and present since they would believe there would be no viable alternatives to their idealistic, perfect world.

Regardless the winding details that professor Michael Puett weaves on the dangers of believing in an ideal world, I think I got the gist of it all as he neatly ties all the knots together in the video near the end of his lecture.  Basically, I think what he says in the video is that China is also creating an alternate ideal world known as Confuciusism, and this Confuciusism is competing against Neoliberalism in another so-called ideal modernity-ism.  So, there are some dangers that hide within a Confuciusism too.  Nonetheless, I think he supports how the current Chinese government is regulating the Chinese economy and the Communist party itself — he talks in regarding of spheres of influences act upon another to regulate and prevent dangers — because the Chinese government is behaving in this very manner by creating spheres of various influences that prevent tycoons and corporations from controlling the market — thus preventing the market controllers to control the population and the government itself within China.

You could argue that the ultimate sphere within China is the Communist party thus the danger of this sphere is being too powerful and no other sphere could provide the check and balance to this Communist party sphere.  Nonetheless, professor Michael Puett admits in the video that all systems (ideal worlds) have mostly failed eventually within history, and so as long the never-ending learning process in constructing a better world is vibrant the flourishing society could be played out as we speak.  Thus, I think — as long the Chinese communist party is self-consciously keeping itself in check to prevent corruptions and so forth and to carry out the right regulations and policies to prevent the market from harming the populous at the same time keeping up with the demands of the Chinese populous — the Chinese government could, in fact, preserving the positive aspects of the Chinese communist party sphere.  Basically, as long the ultimate sphere in China isn’t going down the negative path, the other spheres would be kept in line to do the positive aspects that those spheres are designed to be doing.

In summary, I guess, as long the one entity isn’t believing the world they create is natural, then there is room for self-awareness in which mistakes could be foreseen and corrected.  I guess the one entity could improve one’s entity-self by learning the best aspects of the one entity’s past and other past worlds.  By avoiding the mistakes of the one entity’s past and past worlds, the one entity could avoid from repeating the same mistakes that occurred in the many periodic pasts. So the gist of it all from this lecture is that to be self-aware and to encourage the competition of different spheres of influences so a better future could be created.  Oh, one more thing, the world we create or creating isn’t natural and perfect, but it’s an ongoing work in progress.  It could be morphed into whatever shape as long the shape would provide a prosperous society and a prospect of a better future.  It could be an ongoing morphing shape so the society could continue to be prosperous as long as possible.

China Moves Fast Into The Future With Self-Driving Buses In Shenzhen.

A few days ago, a taxi man engaged me in a conversation.  He asked if I was ubering someone because he saw me was waiting near his spot.  I told him I was not and was only waiting for a friend.  The conversation carried on to the point in which he confessed Uber has taken away too many customers from him.  He told me once he was making something like thousands of dollars in a week, but now this is pretty much gone.

I didn’t want to make him feel worse, and so I kept my mouth shut about automation.  Basically, China is heading this way.  More self-driving buses are now out and about in Shenzhen, China.  Check out the video on this right after the break.

I think even whoever relies on Uber for driving customers around will eventually lose out to self-driving Uber cars.  In fact, I can even imagine up some self-driving car services such as self-driving taxi cabs will be able to mimic a human touch by installing smart, sexy robots that can pretend to drive but could carry on a real conversation with the human customers.

I think the future is all about automation.  I think this trend will speed up fast.  I think people will lose jobs to automation for sure.

Predictions of A Near Future: A More Connected World, Less Racist, And More Prosperous

As countries around the world are trying harder to modernize and become more prosperous, the modernity will no longer be something the developed countries can keep secret.  As developing countries get wealthier, the more money these countries got to expand operations of all sorts.  Thus, the demands for a more connected world will become even more urgent.  I think any country which decides to shut-out the world as we’re moving into the future would become a perfect case study of how not understanding the real trend which could lead to a disaster on a national scale.

So, I mentioned that the urgency for a more connected world is very real, but why is it the case?

For an example, China is growing ever stronger and bigger, and historically no other country could achieve China’s scale of rapid growth in term of economic prowess in a short duration in history.  Furthermore, China can no longer depend only on a few big countries to supply Chinese economic thirst, and so China is planning to expand economic operations across the world through Belt Road initiative, going abroad strategy, building up Africa while extracting African minerals, and so forth.  Only through opening China’s economic doors wider, the Chinese could make their economy more resilient.

To achieve of opening up economic doors for more connectivity from outside-in and inside-out, the Chinese government is probably going to encourage the world to be even more connected.  In this way, the flow of money can fuel and keep the Chinese economy growing.  As the world is ever more connected and as long the Chinese production prowess is humming along strongly, China can export goods without slowing down too much.  As the Chinese people are getting wealthier, they are going to splurge their wealth abroad and at home, further fueling the flow of money within the connected world.

I think China understands that by helping developing poor neighbors and farther away countries, China can grow friends, respect, and business opportunities.  Wealthy friends can always have real money to splurge on your goods.  This will keep China’s export market strong.  Besides exporting goods, China is modernizing other branches such as technology, science, military, culture and so forth to keep China strong and China’s economy healthy.

Somewhat long, but China is one of a very good case to explain why the world is still going to be very connected, and this will probably be the case for a foreseeable future.  Not only China, but other developing countries are racing ahead to develop one’s own country, and so our future is all about being more connected to create more opportunities and more of sharing experiences for learning and advancing and innovating.

In such a world, supremacy is going to be a very hard thing to achieve.  It will be a much more competitive world.  Thus I predict that our future will be either very competitive or very lazy — because automation will out-compete humans, but this is another story within the whole mix all together.

I think we will continue to see big, powerful countries such as China, United States, Russia, and so forth dictate terms to the world in our competitive, hard to achieve supremacy future.  Nonetheless, these powerful countries won’t be able to supremely dictate terms in an ultimatum manner easily as we’re moving forward into the future.  More countries are going to be more prosperous, and so their demands and ambitions will grow too.  These countries won’t easily be swayed by supreme might, and these countries can try to play nice with China and Russia to fend off the United States’ aggressiveness or vice versa.

In a more connected world, I think it’s supremely stupid for any single entity to try to declare something as we’re supreme!  I predict China won’t announce to the world that they’re the baddest and strongest, but instead we will see a China which will use actions to demonstrate power while silently signaling that they’re the baddest and strongest.  So, in a way, I think China will try to achieve supreme without becoming a Hitler.  Thus, China will try to win more friends instead of invading them.

If you have heard something about the Chinese history, then you probably have heard of a tributary system that sometimes worked rather well for the ancient Chinese dynasties.  This tributary system might make a comeback.  Because, if the modern China becomes the baddest of us all, China might just as well modernize some of the features within a tributary system to achieve the Chinese futuristic ambitions.  I think the Chinese love to look back into what worked well within the Chinese, and non-Chinese histories to guide their ways toward the unknown future.  Thus, I don’t think China will repeat Hitler’s mistakes.

Through Belt Road Initiative, China will build more friends and grow a modern tributary system in the long run.  I don’t think the soon to be baddest China will declare supremacy but will try to encourage a more connected world to respect a stronger China.  A more connected world means any entity which tries to declare supremacy and go solo will face a very strong headwind.  Also, any entity which tries to look inward and ignore the connected world all together will face backwardness and isolation.

In a very connected world, the rest will rise, and any single entity which tries to use racism as a fuel for strength will face the utter destruction.  By this I mean a connected world will have a near zero tolerance for racism.  So, I think as the world gets ever more connected, whatever movement that promotes racism will become the next Hitler and will face a certain doom.  In a more connected world, racism will become the ideal of the cavemen.

I could be wrong about everything because in Hitler time the world had gotten to be quite connected and yet Hitler was able to use supreme ideology to recruit believers and enlarge his army.  If I’m not wrong Hitler believed in a pure race (i.e., his race), and he encouraged his army to eradicate Jewish people/faith.  In Hitler time, people got cars, radios, television, cruises, airplanes, telephones, and other modernities.  Thus, Hitler’s time was also a very connected world.  Still, as I mentioned previously, Hitler was able to promote racism and genocidal practices.

Basically, the future is very unpredictable, but I like to believe in facts.  The facts tell me that the second Hitler won’t have an easier time than the first to go to promote and achieve supremacy.  The facts tell me that racism would be an unwise thing to be promoted in the future.  Whoever practices racism will find only doom in the future!  Facts tell me that not everyone will be the winner of a future, but many will become ever more prosperous, that is if we know how to not let automation/AI ruins us all and use automation/AI as only the tool and not as our master.

 

Chinese Self-Driving Trucks Successfully Tested On Highway

China’s leading truck manufacturing, FAW Jiefang, just finished testing three self-driving trucks on the highway.  Basically, this is a sign that in the future we will see fleets of self-driving delivery trucks, taxi cabs, and rental cars everywhere, and people who use these vehicles will not need a middleman human factor to be in the way.  For an example, owners of businesses can deliver products between warehouses and to customers through self-driving delivery trucks.  Of course, the owners of these companies can also stuff robotic laborers inside self-driving delivery trucks to carry stuff back and forth between the trucks and the premise that the products need to go to or to be picked up from.  The self-driving rental car factor will also be interesting.  Imagine you never have to own a car again, but you get to rent the nicest cars in town at the cheapest cost and on the top of this you don’t even have to drive the car itself (duh!  self-driving man).  You can just enjoy your ride in style and let the self-driving supercar takes you around town.  Imagine, when such a car gets into an accident, you don’t even have to worry about the insurance cost, because you’re not the one who is doing the actual driving.  Anyhow, sorry for the rant as my imagination took over.  Back to the main topic, check out the video right after the break to see Chinese self-driving trucks in action.

From One Tree To 480 Million Trees, A Beautiful Feat!

I’m living in an area where greenery isn’t lacking, and so I don’t have to think much about what if there isn’t much greenery around.  Probably, somewhere there are places that have gotten so desolated, and so greenery would probably be out of reach.

In China, there are places that either desert sands would eat up greenery or the neglect of environment that would turn greenery area into a dry, desolated man-made scenery.

Would you prefer more trees and lakes and cleaner air than dry, dirty, desolated scenery?  I know I would want greenery over a desert for my daily scenery.  Unless, of course, from time to time, I want to be in awe and become a tourist, I would love to travel to a desert, but other than such a moment of spark I would love to bathe myself in greenery for sure.  After all, more trees would be able to suck out the pollutions that we are creating every day from our vehicles and whatnot.  Basically, a healthy dose of greenery each day is a healthy day for a person to live for.

Anyhow, I think China has done something amazing.  China is continuing to make progress on creating forests in the most desolated places in China.  For an example, Saihanba, North of Beijing was once a beautiful, greenery area where royal family members in Qing dynasty would use as a hunting area, but after Qing dynasty had gotten weak the place got deteriorated for letting people chopping trees down for lumber as a way of making money.  Then one day the Chinese people found out the whole place got only one tree left standing.  That was when the Chinese were mustered up to recreate the greenery for the place.

Nowadays, Saihanba got 480 million trees standing to let whoever wants to visit the place to take in a beautiful, majestic greenery scene.  From one tree to 480 million trees, I think it’s a beautiful thing!  What do you think?