China’s Ancient Wisdom vs. US Arrogance and Self-Interest

Elio Delgado Legon

The Monroe Doctrine. Illustration: commonlit.org

HAVANA TIMES – Capitalist self-interest is creating the most severe and dangerous blindness that exists: political blindness.

For many years now, we have been witness to wars, one after the other, which have the goal of ensuring a hegemony that guarantees a capitalist government in the countries under attack, which is willing to bend down before multinational corporations and allow them to exploit their wealth, mainly oil and other minerals, and trade agreements where dependant countries will always be at a great disadvantage, all of which stand in the way of progress and condemn their people to living in absolute poverty.

Affected by this political blindness, developed capitalist nations can’t see that they are becoming isolated because the world is changing and it’s becoming harder and harder to deceive or forcefully subject people who are willing to defend their sovereignty and integrity.

At many international forums, a more just economic order has been demanded over and over again, but the developed capitalist system is not only blind, it also seems to be deaf, as the economic order continues to be unfair and exploitative, without a care for the millions of people who are living in extreme poverty and ignorance, who die because of a lack of medical care, because they don’t have the financial means to pay for healthcare, as health is a just another commodity. These are just minor details in capitalists’ eyes, while they bring in great profits for their companies.

The strongest military power in the world wants to impose its interests by force and this makes the rest of the world reject it even more, and it is becoming more and more isolated.

With their ancient wisdom, the Chinese have been making progress with their economy at a steady rate, without plundering or exploiting other countries, and it is already set to become the world’s leading economy, it already is in many other aspects.

However, the Chinese government isn’t imposing its economic system on anyone in order to do business, as agreements have always been beneficial for all parties involved. This is the most just economic order that so many people have called for. China’s new Silk Belt and Road initiative was founded on these principles and is bringing more and more countries together, because they see this as an opportunity to make the progress that they have been denied up until now.

In its selfish blindness, the US government has dusted off the old Monroe doctrine of “America for Americans” and is shocked because China is doing good business in Latin America, where they are falling behind because of their Imperialist blindness and arrogance.

They want to take over the world and imposing sanctions and blockades on every country with a government they don’t like. This is the only thing that comes to mind, and they are becoming more and more isolated from the world.

Nobody can trust a country that doesn’t uphold international treaties, if they don’t think they suit their own interests. They withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council because it demanded the same from them as the rest of member States. They withdrew from the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as the nuclear agreement it had with Iran, which had taken so much time and effort to put into place. They believe they have the right to impose sanctions on other countries as if it were an international judge or court, violating every precept of International Law and the UN Charter.

The Chinese government has never taken any coercive measures against any other country. This explains why it can do business with everyone, with a just and equal focus. This is why it will be the world’s leading economy, while the US is falling into decline more and more every day and is in danger of falling into a crisis that could be a lot worse than the one in 2008; but they can’t see that. Selfish blindness has pulled the wool right over their eyes.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

14 thoughts on “China’s Ancient Wisdom vs. US Arrogance and Self-Interest

  • May 12, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    The problem with you is that, you are a die hard communist….you are 80 years old, and as I say, cannot teach old dogs new tricks…..
    First of all, Communism, does not work….it is a proven fact….regardless…..
    the whole concept of Mao’s, 5 year plan, back then……millions of Chinese die of hunger…..not s good idea….Mao said, we need to make some kind of sacrifice, as long my family, does not starve to death….I can go on and on……Fidel felt the same way, and even all Communist Dictators feel the same way, as long their families, dont starve to death…..
    ……

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    • May 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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      Yeah, blame China’s famines on communism alone and totally not China’s lack of industrialization, poor farming practices, unchecked population growth, and history of famines. Several famines occurred under Mao’s predecessor Chiang Kai-shek, are you going to blame them on capitalism?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Elio makes a very valid critique of capitalism and in particular of the USA, currently at the vanguard of this base, law of the jungle ideology.
    However, whilst making these very real and valid points in excellent fashion, Elio has a blind spot for the inadequacies of his own chosen alternative.

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    • May 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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      I guess Canada doesn’t count as a country being coersed having Canadian citizens jailed and sentenced to death and also trade being blocked because of a Chinese citizen being arrested. A lot more to this story but point being China isn’t shy about flexing its muscle if it wants something just like the US.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    China (or any other donor) need not impose it’s political system (directly), when it is making itself The Bank of necessity for various (weak) nations.
    Implying any major power is “innocent” of working to leverage it’s own interests (any way it can get away with), says more about the writer and his/her editors – than anything else. China, U.S., IMF, etc. are all complicit. Venezuela’s socialists picked it’s poison. Now the people of Venezuela are choking on it… Don’t misunderstand, the U.S. has been a short sighted, immoral, racist, corporate neighbor to Latin America – for at least 150 years now. We’re I an Latin American political elite, I don’t know what I would do.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    Yeah developed country like Cuba cumunist ,socialist whatever u call yourself best coutries in world you right , still Fidel Castro slave

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  • May 13, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Elio continues to criticize the splinter in his neighbors eye while ignoring the log in his own. An earlier comment from Gersh is spot on unfortunately. Elio is an old and probably unteachable communist. In Cuba, his generation must simply die off if change is to come in Cuba.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    This is the best article oz writer this week ,I don’t do politics ,but by the end, of all most happened in the world, the U.S government is involved…

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  • May 13, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Complete bunk from so-called Elio which i doubt even exists.

    China is running a capitalist economy under a totalitarian regime.
    No coercive measures yeah sure.
    China ruthlessly oppresses the Uighurs and Tibetans and is attempting to claim vast areas of ocean as there own waters.

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    • May 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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      And so does Vietnam, Malaysia, and Philippines. The South China sea dispute flared because the US tried to intervene and pit ASEAN against China, and China responded. If you want to attack China’s claim on the islands, then you also need to attack the claims of other countries, you can’t have it both ways.

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      • May 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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        There is a simple obvious difference between the claims of China and those of other countries bordering the South China Sea. In accord with international agreements, the other countries are claiming their recognized territorial waters. China is endeavoring to claim not only its own territorial waters, but those of the other countries.
        Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and others have every right to seek retention of their territorial waters and others the right of passage through the South China Sea as open waters.
        China is pursuing the thoughts of Chairman Mao. “Power comes out of the mouth of a gun.”
        Xi is no less a bully than Trump.

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    • May 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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      The really sad thing Brad is that Elio does exist and actually believes that which he writes, he accurately reflects the views of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of Cuba.
      As you will no doubt noticed, Elio has his admirers, just look at the comments above by Richard and Costelini.
      But note Brad, those admirers of the repression by the Castro regime, carefully choose to live in capitalist societies where they have freedom of speech.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    Now let Cuba follow China’s example! Free the Cuban economy, and Cuba will grow like China did.

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  • May 20, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    Thanks God for The Peace Makers, i.e thermal nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Without them a Third World War ? could have ensued by now. Have a nice week ! It’s Monday and the propagandists of all media sectors of society want to excite us all, no different than a virtual roller coaster.

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