Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Penguin and Spy Dove

Penguin and Spy Dove@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Penguin used to be a member of the Sea Club. However, it quit two years ago because it felt the club did not trust it enough. To the Sea Club, it was the truth that the club itself did not trust Penguin before, but it was also the truth that the club did not want Penguin to leave.

To force Penguin to rejoin the Sea Club, the Sea Club used widely its relationships and social networks to block covertly Penguin’s ways to join the other clubs. This situation had lasted for one and a half year, until one day the Sea Club decided to switch to a new way to play.

This time, the Sea Club did not hinder Penguin intentionally when it knew Penguin was trying to join the Bird-Tech Club. After Penguin was taken into the Bird-Tech Club, the Sea Club infiltrated successfully an agent Dove into this club to spy what Penguin would do there.

Half year later, the winter came, and it was harder and harder to find food for the Bird-Tech Club. The management of the club decided to fire a member to ease the food shortage. Because almost all members of the club, except Penguin and Dove, were relatives of the managing staff, the management could only put the sight on Penguin and Dove to fire one of them.

Both Penguin and Dove always worked hard there, but the management of the Bird-Tech Club thought Penguin ate less and was more willing to dump garbage and do low-level work daily than Dove, so it decided to keep Penguin and tried to squeeze Dove out of the club.

Looking down on the plan to spy on Penguin, Dove thought the plan was in danger, so it had to report secretly to the Sea Club for help. The Sea Club took action immediately by telling the director of the Bird-Tech Club that Penguin was a guy the Sea Club still liked and wanted. Because the living condition of the Sea Club was much better than that of the Bird-Tech Club in winter, the director of the Bird-Tech Club thought Penguin must want to return back to the Sea Club.

Since then, the director of the Bird-Tech Club did not trust Penguin any more due to a lack of self-confidence. The Bird-Tech Club stopped squeezing Dove out. Dove’s membership was saved, and it could continue monitoring Penguin day by day after then. Looking at Penguin who was turned into trouble again, the staff of the Sea Club could not help falling in laughing even in their night dreams.

Friday, January 13, 2012

How long will the mighty U.S. forces last in Asia?

Fu Di Chou Xin 釜底抽薪@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

At the beginning of 2012, U.S. president Obama unveiled new military strategy to switch focus to the Asia-Pacific region. It will focus much more on the capacity of America's air and naval forces to balance a competitor like China. In facing the changed strategy from U.S., what will China do?

In ancient China’s Thirty-Six Stratagems, there is a stratagem called Fu Di Chou Xin (釜底抽薪) --Extracting the Firewood from under the Cauldron. Analysts believe China has been using this stratagem successfully. With this stratagem China is gradually dissolving the mighty U.S forces.

If we look the mighty U.S. military forces as boiling water in the Cauldron, what is the firewood under it then? The answer is economy. Without a strong economy, the mighty U.S. military will be unsustainable, same as the water in the cauldron will cool down. This has been proved in Obama’s New Military Strategy Report --- Not pursue to win two wars simultaneously anymore, but only one-plus due to U.S. bad financial situation.

In the future, to ‘extract further the firewood from under the cauldron’, China will continue expanding its trade with ASEAN Countries, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and India to marginalize further U.S. businesses in this area. To prevent from U.S. sabotaging China’s business relationships in the area, China will do its best to avoid hard crashes with U.S. military forces and the forces of relevant countries, although it will still emphasis verbally its sovereignty in South China Sea and continue developing in full swing its anti-access military power to protect itself.

China is now the largest trading partner of ASEAN and Australia. It is also a significant trading partner of South Korea, Japan, India, and Taiwan. With less and less firewood under the cauldron, how long will U.S. be able to boil its water? This is what many analysts concern about.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A mirror Canada may need to remove hypocrisy

叶公好龙 Ye Gong Hao Long@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Hi, Happy New Year 2012!

2012 is a year of dragon in China. This let me ring the bell of a Chinese idiom Yè Gōng Hào Lóng (叶公好龙), which can be translated in English as Lord Ye’s love of the dragon or Professed love of what one really fears.

Some analysts believe this ancient Chinese idiom may also be useful as a mirror to remove some hypocrisy of our Canada and make us behave better.

Let us read the story of the idiom as follows,

Long long ago, there lived a duke whom people address as Lord Ye. Everyone in the town knew that Lord Ye was very fond of dragons. His home was a world of dragons. He decorated everything in his house with this mythical creature. The walls had dragons painted on them. The beams and pillars and the doors and windows were all carved with them. Even his robe, bedding, bed curtains and chair cushions were embroidered with dragons. What’s more, dragons adorned his cups, plates, bowls, and dishes.

When the real dragon in heaven learned of this, he was deeply moved. He decided to visit Lord Ye to thank him in person. So one stormy night, the dragon descended to earth. He thrust his head through the window and dragged its long tail in the sitting room.

You might think Lord Ye would have been very happy to see a real dragon. But no! At the sight of the creature, he was scared out of his wits and ran away as fast as his legs could carry him.

After this incident, people knew that Lord Ye only loved pictures or carvings, which look like dragons, not the real thing.

From that story we get the idiom 叶公好龙(yè gōng hào lóng). We use it to ridicule a person whose professed love or support for something cannot stand the test of reality.

After you read the story, what do you think on our Canada? Does it have also such hypocrisy the story told us?

Story source: http://english.cri.cn/7106/2009/07/29/102s505128.htm