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RE: Chinese Fly Red Flag With Ban On Microsoft



At 02:16 PM 1/8/00 -0500, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:

>
>As for China resenting the West, they do have good reasons. At the end of
>the 19th century the Western powers, including the US decided to divide up
>China in the grand imperial fashion. Britain fought several wars in
>retaliation for Chinese attempts to suppress the Opium trade.

None of the Chinese who suffered from these actions are alive today.

None of the Westerners who plotted or benefitted from these actions are
alive today.

So why care? (It would be hard to claim that modern China is in any way a
*victim*, rather than a *practitioner*, of imperialism!)

The idea that 'nations' or 'peoples' have a consciousness transcending the
individuals who compose them is the source of most historical strife. (See
Bosnia or the Middle East)