China #5 - And that brings us a thing number five my friends that you need to know about China in the modern world and that is China is back the dragon

China #5 - And that brings us a thing number five my...

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And that brings us a thing number five my friends that you need to know about China in the modern world and that is China is back, the dragon is awake, and China is large and in charge in Asia once more and is a world power once more, taking its rightful place in history and its mind and perhaps the world's mind. In fact I can't even take credit for saying that the dragon is awake. Perhaps a couple hundred years ago It was a Napoleon, Napoleon Bonaparte "Vive le Napoleon" who said something to the effect of, "China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep for when she wakes she will shake the world." That's what Napoleon was saying about China a couple hundred years ago. Remember, that's right when China started to slip as a world power and fade and go away and go to sleep and even back then people were saying, "Wow, China is usually kind of a big deal, and it's slumbering now. Let it slumber." But that two century slumber is over my friends and the game is back on. Now, how do they get from point A to point B? How do they get from this horrific period of humiliation up to being large and in charge again? Well, let's go back to our story that we took a hiatus on when we talked about Tibet and Taiwan. When we left off the storyline, China was standing back up again after its two hundred year period of humiliation. 1949, the People's Republic of China is formed under Mao Zedong. He says the country stood back up. Period of humiliation is over and this two hundred year period of humiliation of course included economic devastation,
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foreign domination, dynastic disintegration and got rid of the dynasties, a Japanese invasion, and a civil war that resulted in a communist manifestation. Remember, China turning communist is really only the second time a country on planet Earth is experimenting with this. The Soviet Union was number one from just a few decades earlier So they're gonna try out this new system now Does that mean that in 1949 China turns communist, civil war's over, foreign influence is purged back out of China, they're retaking control of their economy, so everything's good, and it's been a nice slow steady march for them to become rich again here in the 21st century? Hell no! From 1950 to now was a troubled route still with many a speed bump which put China back again and again and again. So this is not a smooth road up to the present time and so I'm going to talk in a little bit more detail than usual about some of the things that happen along the way of their rebuilding process because this rebuilding process did take a while. Remember, utter destruction and chaos for 50 years in China and one could argue 150 to 200 years in China up to the 1950s, okay. So they're standing up, dusting themselves off and now they're communist.
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