Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Singapore and China in the eyes of LKY

From this video we got a clue that LKY had left for us. He had foreseen that China will rise and become powerful. He mentioned that China's rise is good for Singapore. The only question is: How can we find a way to benefit from the rise of China? Yes, China has planned beyond their boundary and with their financial resources and global standing, they had convinced many developing countries to open their countries allowing better connections, trades, and efficient transportation of goods and services. In so doing, it will diminish the goe-location of Singapore as a transportation hub. We have to re-orientate our mindset, to become another form of centre, perhaps a cultural and innovative centre where people would congregate to learn, to be inspired and to live, a kind of paradise on earth, the garden of 'Perfection'. We have to plan beyond our shore, think out of Singapore, dare to be different and unique, be bold and resilience, persevere and strike towards the next lap, not to be overjoyed with the fruit of success and deteriorate into oblivion.  We have to wake up from the corruption of complacency, the fear of failure, the lethargy of thinking that all is well and we will continue to grow without much effort. Shame to those who had enjoyed the fruit of our forefather and refused to change, as our paradigm shifted, refusing to see the inevitability that will confront us.  We need to re-think and act for this immense shift that is coming, else we will be spiraling down.  

Something to note in the Video:
  • LKY mentioned that "What we can do China can do better", in view of his foresight, as Singapore we should accept the fact and position ourselves to benefit from the rise of China's economic power.
  • LKY: I say that they are determine as a people, unify and build a modern, powerful,  wealthy, Chinese nation, ... the moment they get prosperous, good luck to me because I will be much safer. (17:30). It would be unwise to think that the rise of China is not a good thing to Singapore and we should act in contrary to the situation. 
Another interesting view from Krishore Mahbubani (马凯硕). Here we see an amazing possibility, Singapore being the New York of South East Asia. An amazing tall order to achieve.

Monday, December 5, 2016

China Dream

It was American Dream after the two World War, and recent years due to the rise of China economically, we now have a new consciousness, that of China Dream. Individual brave adversity and settled down in Beijing to chase their Dream. Interestingly, the people who chase the China Dream are not only those from developing countries but from developed countries, such as Singapore, Canada and American.
Singers descend on Hou Hai (后海), sing in the hundreds of drinking joints in search of their dreams. There are many reality shows that allow vast exposure for their talents. People from South East Asia are seen participating in them and loved by the Chinese. Perhaps these movements encouraged a sense of belonging with a larger audience, as a singular entity, that of an Asian identity.
Of course, these are differences among countries in this vast geography, the need for inclusiveness in diversity become a common understanding through friendly interactions. The idiom ‘君子和而不同’,a gentleman gets along with others but does not necessarily agree with them. This is the underlying principle for bringing diverse people together.
Another interpretation of the China Dream from the global view, proposed by the Chinese government, is one of bringing better living condition for people in the developing countries, believing that peace can be achieved not through competition but inclusiveness. Lives changing projects win the hearts of many and achieve peace globally. Assisting countries to get out of poverty had been the campaign by many developed countries but it is an ardent task that has made slow progress, perhaps China's infrastructure push in the region can fasten the process, as the Chinese have learned from their own experience in raising their standard of living.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A new consciousness

When I first heard of the concept of the Silk Road proposed by the Premier Xi Jinping of China, I thought it was another political slogan that retraced old history to establish, soften the Chinese economic expansion, and legitimise their action. I did not pay mush attention to the details of the plan.
One day I came across the youtube video '一带一路'. The video shows the commitment of China in helping the countries that span the Silk Road. It is a dream to connect through roads, seas and air so that people can benefit through economic exchanges, through goods and services, eventually billions of lives could change, bringing about better communication and understanding, eventually resolving conflicts.
We had seen the failure of the political system that claims to change lives and improve living condition only to be disappointed by them, whether communism or democracy, they are not the absolute for a better life. Perhaps good leaderships, decent hardworking people, physical planning and economic progress are evident for a better life. Slogan and rhetoric can stir human passion but reality can only change through real work and a cohesive people. We see the rise of China, and they had learned through hard ways. We are reminded of the open door policy of Deng XiaoPing. His wisdom, " It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice. "
In introspect, we see Singapore's rise to a developed country through economic means and open door policy benefited her people. Although a small country without resources we are able to raise the standard of living for the people. For most people, a simple life with a roof over the head, food and clean water, peace and a civil society is all that one sought after.
The question is how countries can learn from China and Singapore to achieve this simple ideal?
Perhaps, China's civil commitment to a better world as a global citizen through 'One Belt One Road' can bring about vast global changes. One has to be cautioned as there are many differences of culture. However, there is a Chinese proverb ‘和而不同’ , loosely translated as 'Inclusive diversity'