The commentary below (written by a commenter on Quora) just resonated with me so well that i had to reproduce it here. I&i reminded so much of my career in Babylon busy-ness (i.e., consulting environmental engineering) when i used to meld the Teachings of JAH with the work we were doing as best as I&i could (at least i wasn't building weapons for the Death Machine). i'd say to my colleagues, "no matter how low and despicable the dirty tricks of our competition are, we will stick to the high road and continue to even work harder on delivering high quality services and adhering to the highest ethical standards". Even people in my own company thought i was crazy (or naive) at times but guess what? Our business unit was consistently and sustainably the highest revenue achiever and most profitable for the two decades that i was its manager. And cut throat competitors kept losing to us. China is using the same "take the high road" approach in dealing with the dirty tricks of a jealous and amoral competitor and i'm certain will reap the same benefits that we did - only in China's case it isn't driven by JAH Teachings but simply by thousands of years of Confucian wisdom.
It should go without saying that my excitement over China's economic rise, which is pulling million of people in developing nations (not just China) out of poverty, does not constitute an endorsement of any of China's bad deeds or abuses of human rights. It would seem unnecessary to point that out, but at least one person on this forum is so obsessed with interpreting ANY positive comment about China's activity as a blanket approval of everything it does, that i do need to clarify even the obvious.
QUORA: "Should China abandon its Made in China 2025 plans to avoid stepping on the USA?"
America sucker-punches a major trade partner (China). China then - instead of doing an ‘Uncle Sam’ and melting down into a combination tantrum/roid-rage conniption - straightens its tie and suit-jacket and says “That’s disappointing. I thought better of you. Please refrain from embarrassing and hurting yourself in an effort to extort hard-earned yuan from our hard-working workers. If you try taking rice from their bowl and milk from their babies it won’t go well for you.” China did exactly the right thing in these circumstances. Knowing its own strength and the attitudinal sea change in the global community it knew it would benefit more in the big picture and long term from ‘not loosing its sh*t’.
America’s self-absorption tends to reduce the rest of the world to a background blur. China, while focused on translating international trade relations into fast and sustainable improvements in the average citizen’s quality of life, disposable income, and thus ability to contribute more to the cycle of economic growth, has looked for under-served markets - offering infrastructure that catalyses growth in emerging economies. Companies like Huawei commit to creation of a needed support system - and then sell quality smart-phones at enticing price-points. It’s the same with other essentials like road and rail systems - and electrification - as examples. While ‘Made in China’ ‘dollar store’ consumer goods have become an increasingly vital part of low income Americans’ efforts to make their income go far enough - those same goods are within reach of households in those emergent economies as their disposable incomes rise. Add to these factors an accelerating increasing E.U. demand for Chinese manufacture - and China’s dependence on American consumer demand is rapidly waning. And with major American brand names dependent on Chinese manufacture to satisfy shareholder demand for an impressive return on their investment while remaining competitive with foreign offerings America’s big brands have more to lose as Trump bollixes-up delicately contrived and painstakingly nurtured synergies and interdependence on which 21st century profitability rely.
TrumpAmerica has plummeted so low in global esteem while China’s has risen that China effectively shrugging ‘Whatever’ to American petulance raises PRC prestige in populations on every continent. America reneged on the Iran nuclear nonproliferation contract painstakingly negotiated by all the nations on the U.N. Security Council - negotiations that began under President Bush (the younger) and was secured just prior to the end of President Obama’s tenure - a decade of dedication by a bunch of nations that secured an Iranian agreement to cease R&D on nuclear weapons. America reneged. Welshed on it. And drove the wedge even deeper between America and the friends it abuses - that has them stepping away from America and regrouping alone. Just as they did when America backed out of the Climate deal. Also, China, Japan, and South Korea have fast-tracked the creation of their own free trade area (sure to have other neighbouring (ASEAN nations lining up to sign up). And the PRC is making overtures to and friends of the E.U. - saying “we can work together to build a successful and sustainable global economic community". China’s idea asserts that trade and mutual interdependence is the best, really the only, way our shared futures can be secured and sustained.
The only people who want China to roll over and surrender to American wishes are Americans. They are alone in their desire - as they’ve chosen to be. That is what ‘isolationism’ does. And that is even more so what the current American version of isolationism does. If China were to cave to American bullying they’d lose globally. All China need do effectively supplant America as the heart of the global community is stand tall and firm, wipe Trumps spittle away, and keep on doing the things most of us appreciate - provide goods at the right price-point - and resist American efforts at coercion.