Finnally a LEGO set with more Asian culture!
Chinese Soldiers in Beijing
Influenced basically all Asian countries: Japanese/Korean writing all have chinese characters, chopsticks used by Japan and Korea, many asians celebrates Chinese New Year (Lunar new year)
Chinese invented: gunpowder/fireworks,the first printing press, seismograph, decimal system, compass, writing, the first modern paper, spaghetti, iron casting, clock, first calculator(abacus), silk, umbrella, stirrup, kites(military communication) etc etc etc
The British wanted Chinese inventions, thus killing many Chinese/forcing them to take opium in exchange for items (Opium War)
When western medicines failed to save my aunt, Chinese medicine revived her
The americans are afraid that China will outpace the rest of the world again
China, the only asian country that has yet to be annexed entirely
Those assholes keep dissing Chinese, but they are the ones rocking made in China versace and driving in China manufactured Cadillac
Even original buildings in Japan and Korean looks like Chinese infrastructures
The Japanese writes Japan in Chinese
Although economy is improving, the poor are getting poorer and the rich, richer.
Most Chinese people tend not to protest government for it may cause them trouble. But there is a deep sense of nationalism in the Chinese.
Has gotten alot of heat along w/ North Korea for its questionable human rights practices; although we should not forget the fact that taiwan and South Korea only became democracies in the 1990s and have their own fair share of human rights abuses. After the events of 1989, the PRC has chosen to reform slowly and cautiously.
The most sensitive issue is taiwan. China had orginally planned to occupy it in 1950s but was soon committed to the Korean War. Chinese politicians and citizens are adamant at taking over taiwan in the near future. Many experts see a pattern in that while taiwan is China's pet peeve, North Korea is USA's pet peeve and both are using their leverage w/ said nations to achieve their own goals.
The chinese people and culture are not warmongers, though. They crave peace, growth, and prosperity. To demonstrate their seriousness, when a US official stated that the US would defend Taiwan, a senior Chinese PLA General stated that the PRC would not hesitate to use Nuclear Weapons agains the USA. They are even willing to forgo the '08 Olympics to have the issue of Taiwan take precedence. Speaking as a Chinese, I wish the issue will be resolved peacefully w/o conflict.
Janelle: Taiwan or HongKong???
Alison: CHINA, you dope!!!
the highest population in the world
the best tanks in the world
the highest piracy activities in the world
the highest potential to become the next world superpower that more than rivals USA.
the nuclear power sufficient to stand-off against Russia and USA in a nuclear war.