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THE REVISIONISTS IN CHINA

CULTURAL NOTES
July 16, 2016

THE REVISIONISTS IN CHINA

By Arturo P. Garcia

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To understand the current People’s Republic of China’s bellicose attitude when it comes to its territorial claims and foreign policies, one has to know its history and its leaders.

The current paramount leader of modern China is Xi Jinping. He is the 62-year old Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and had concentrated great power to himself not since in China since the days of Chairman Mao Ze Dong from 1949 to 1976 and Deng Xiao Ping in the 1980’s.

Eager to advance China’s destiny as a global superpower, Xi has pushed China’s claim in the South China Seas adopted the “Nine Dashed Line” formulated by the reactionary Koumintang of Dictator Chiang Kang Shek regime in 1947.

The “Nine Dashed Line” doctrine claims “90% of China Seas” even the 200 miles Exclusive Economic Zones (EEC) of six neighboring Asian countries. This also adds to the conflict with Japan over the Shensuku Islands that China has declared as “ Air Defense Zone”.

Mao unlike Xi Jingping practiced international solidarity, in his 29 years of leading China. Mao aided poor countries in the Third World, supported world revolutions like Vietnam and Korea and Africa that won their struggle for liberation and independence and never threatened any country.

Eager to advance China’s new destiny as a global superpower, Xi trotted worldwide to 14 countries. The worst, he builds up the China’s army for global conflict and territorial claims in the South China seas.

PRC have grabbed and reclaimed 9 islets and atolls in the Philippines Exclusive Econmoic Zone (EEZ0 and turned them as forward military bases are just proofs of its hostile intentions.

Mao unlike Xi Jinping, never went out of China except to meet with Stalin in Moscow after their victory in 1949. under Mao, they added Korea in its war agains the UN intervention in the 1950’s, supported Vietnam’s struggle for reunification until 1975 and never implemented the Eleven-Dash line ( renamed Nine-Dash Line) it adopted in 1949.

Unlike Mao, Xi Jinping has taken personal control of policy making on everything from the economy, national security and foreign affairs to the Internet and maritime disputes. Zhang Li Fen, a scholar said, “ Xi is directing a building God campaign.”

Thus, Xi Jinping is building a personality cult around himself. Different from Mao whose personality cult was built by the “Gang of Four” who have power motives behind the Cult of Mao.

But unlike Mao who led a revolution and built socialism for China. Ji is like an emperor who rose from red nobility. He turned China’s Socialism into a revisionist-capitalist power.

Mao was never a dictator as foreign propagandist want us to believe. He was a democrat.In fact he rehabilitated the capitalist roader,Deng Xiao Ping and kept his followers in power.

Mysterious-image-appeared-onPH-flag-during-Dutertes-inaugural-speechWe can safely say, a capitalist tyrant at home is a danger to other people abroad. Thus Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should be wary of China when it comes to its foreign policy.

But China is the Philippines next door neighbor nation. We can still deal with China and has better chance of working with them unlike the United States that treats us as a vassal nation.

Dealing with China is an exciting times. Duterte can find out more about it in his six years of governance.

Besides, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

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WHY PRESIDENT DUTERTE FOLDS HIS BARONG PILIPINO?

CULTURAL NOTES

July 14, 2016

WHY PRESIDENT DUTERTE FOLDS HIS BARONG PILIPINO?

By Arturo P. Garcia

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I criticized former President Fidel Ramos on his habit of folding his Barong Pilipino, the national costume for men during his term as President.

Actually, President Ramon Magsaysay started this national tradition when he took his oath of office as President of the Philippines in December 30, 1953. His Barong Tagalog then was ripped when he waded with the crowd who all wanted to shake his hands.

I find it in bad taste, because Barong Pilipino is a formal wear. To treat it like a long sleeve or an informal wear is a disgrace. It is like being informal after a party or an event, when you fold it up ¾ style.

Maybe President Duterte loved General Ramos so much that he is copying his style.  But I find it still in bad taste because he is the president.

But no protocol can stop Duterte because unlike us, Manilans who  take pride in wearing our Barongs on special occasions, he is not used to wearing Barongs.

In fact, he finds it’s itchy and he is not fond or used to wear it as a formal wear. Thus he is used to folding it ¾ style, like a Troubinise long sleeved polo shirt.

But he must be used to wear it as a formal wear of a President. If not he will be copycatting General Ramos, who loved to show that he is working “ because he rolled up his sleeves.”

But “rolling up sleeves” does not mean you are working.  Duterte is the President but if that’s how he would like to wear it, its better not to wear the Barong then roll up his sleeve.

Mr.President, please respect our national costume.

That is my unsolicited advice to him.

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