Interview to Joanne Yang
17 mayo, 2012
[by: Alberto Díaz de la Vega]
She has just arrived Spain from Taiwan this year to begin her studies in odontology, my interest in her wonderful country and its culture and her inquire towards Spanish language drove us to know each other and today, in this interview, with a piece of paper and a pen to capture and extract every single detail from the occasion, I just sit down and enjoyed how that morning we spoke, among our attempts to express in the other’s language, English became a bridge between our two distant countries, cultures and points of view. During that hour and a half that lasted the interview, I have been witness of how is the world perceived from the other side of Himalaya. It all started setting the main differences between a class of Spanish students in university and a class of Chinese students. From their point of view, we Spanish seem much more outgoing and social, while the Chinese are more reserved and observers. So that can also be noticed in the international sphere, taking into account that a country is composed by its individuals.
Then the conversation topic was driven into the most polemic incidents that have been mentioned in media about nowadays’ China, one of which is the amount of investment that the Chinese government does in military production and development, a fact that, combined with the deployment of aircraft carriers and the incidents in that have recently taken place in the South China Sea among Chinese and Philippine’s governments, could drive China to be taken by the western democracies as a potential threat due to its pro-offensive attitude. She answered that every state has developed defenses as a secondary fact of industrialization and actually as Morgenthau stated about diplomacy, every state needs the threat of force as a pillar of diplomatic relations to protect and procure their interests, she added that the Chinese have a pacific spirit and of course are not interested in a global catastrophe, just as wasn’t the US when developing MDW during the cold war.
However, US and western democracies use to see China more as a rival than as a partner, to what she stated that in the business field they would always work as partners since the economic actors are unavoidably strongly interconnected among each other and the harm to any of those actors would cause a domino effect in the symbiotic structure of the system. Nevertheless, in the field of belief the western democracies and the huge part of China which is under the control of the communist party are yet very far one from the other. Even talking about tradition, Chinese culture and values are much more interior and spiritual compared to the rational conception of the world by the western civilizations. However, she notes that these differences are beginning to fade towards a partial westernization of Chinese culture.
Furthermore, it’s undeniable truth that if China is still respected by the western world in the international sphere more than Middle East dictatorships such as Iraq during the Bush campaign, it’s because of its economic importance and its military power.
Another of the astonishing piece of news that we commented was that of the report about some Chinese students who’d been given amino acids in order to help them pass their selectivity exams, to what she pointed out that the Chinese authorities wouldn’t probable be aware of the case until the publication of the article to what she also remarked that the level of competition in China is sometimes higher that what is sane, not only because of the huge amount of habitants of the country, but also, because of the pressure under which they are since their life depends on that exam, what she also notes it’s a mistake of the system and a heritage from Confucius teachings that argued that one of the best ways of being effective in life was through studying.
The vote against the invasion of Syria was another point that came out while reaching the equator of our interview. Living in Taiwan, she has experienced the democratic part of China; however, she responded that the communist government considers the Arab spring, and specially, the foreign “right” to intervene in those conflicts, as a potential threat to their regime, and so even when I believe that those kind of regimes will end up falling sooner or later and adopting democracy, she refuses to believe or consider that possibility, at least in a near future. To avoid that, the communist party procures the constant blocking of the media and the possibilities of leaving the country.
About the communist party we reached the conclusion that neither China, nor the US, nor any other industrialized superpower, can emerge during its democratic and pro human rights period. A perfect example of that is the US, which was build up upon the shoulders of African and Chinese slaves working in railroads, mines, etc… That’s why the communist party has, in some sense due to its strict nature, and combined with the spirit of the Chinese people, contributed the fast development of the Chinese nation. Despite the fact that they ended up being what Mao Zedong, his funder, tried to wipe out: the despotic rulers of the ancient Chinese dynasties.
And finally, we conclude talking about the investment in Africa and in US and European bonds, which are other of China’s tools to gain influence worldwide. To what my friend answers that probably both the US and UE would be in a much worst situation without that financial help from China, which has been the country less affected by the crisis, due to its economic development. So that it’s not all a plan for China to rule the world but a mutual symbiotic relation in which there is a win-win situation between the countries being helped and China.