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You're right about the Chinese taking the long-long view.
If we in the west take a long look back at history in our part of the world we'll see a natural pattern of civilisations and empires rising and falling. By 2000 BC Egypt had eclipsed Sumeria. Fast forward 1000 years to see Egypt on the decline set against the rise of Babylon. Then came the Persians who were surpassed by the Greeks and then the Romans. Most civilisations were supplanted by another although some were totally destroyed and pretty much vanished from history.
Moving forward in time we saw the rise and fall of the Italian city states, the Spanish Empire, the Hapsburg Empire and then the British Empire. Now it's your turn in America but even now most Americans accept that their dominance won't last.
Our civilisations/empires are transitory and while revolution and civil war occur less frequently these days, they were a major contributing factor to making us the people we are.
Now take a look at China and you'll see an altogether different pattern:
The idea of younger, stronger civilisations succeeding older ones does not exist. In China it's the yin-yang thing where their civilisation passes through reversals of direction from disorder to order and back to disorder. It's a society where there has never been a revolution with the impact of the French/Russian or other revolutions. No Magna Carta establishing people's rights. Sure there have been plenty of dynastic changes but each dynasty would eventually become rotten and would be replaced by another.
Those changes always took place at the top and whatever happened, the power remained in the hands of one emperor and his officials, it's been an unending cycle of power changes. Ok, the Chinese have had revolutions but they have never really led to changes in the system. In China the course of their civilisation is like a line of descent with dynasties and rulers linked together like father and son. Just think of everything we get from our parents and how we are shaped and influenced by them. That is how Chinese civilisation is.
The checks and balances on our governments that we in the west now take for granted are unheard of in China. After over 5000 years of the same cycles of government it would take a truly momentous effort to overthrow the Chinese system. If it ever happens it will be an achievement that will easily dwarf any of our revolutionary victories.
How much time did you spend in China?
As a system engineer I work with several Chinese SE's as well, They mirror pretty much what you just stated.
China proud China loud China rising!
Maybe I should learn Mandarin?
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