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22 January 2018


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Bernard Singu Yegiora

This article reminds me of the article I wrote in 2010:

A never ending story, eh Bernard? - KJ

Ed Brumby

Readers of my brief mini-essay could be forgiven for thinking that I might be some kind of Sinophobe, or Nihonophobe.

I am neither, and far from it.

Having spent most of the '90s working intermittently in Japanese universities, including a year at a national research institute I have what I would consider a decent understanding of, and great admiration for Japan and its people and culture.

Likewise, having spent 10 years visiting China (35+times), building business relationships and arranging 40+ professional education programs for around 2000 Chinese insurance executives I have a similar regard for China and its culture and people - if not for its political philosophy.

I have no respect for the USA's use of military and economic threats and actions in the maintenance of its empire and welcome such Chinese initiatives as the One Belt One Road project which aims to build infrastructure and foster economic development throughout Eurasia and beyond - in complete contrast to the USA's destructive record.

And, political considerations aside, I admire the way that the Chinese get things done: 30,000km of high speed rail links in around 10 years, for example. We Australians have none. (And don't start me about the lack of a rail link between Melbourne city and Tullamarine Airport.)

William Dunlop

Barbara - Right to the point. Very refreshing.

Barbara Short

Living in the Epping /Eastwood area, which is slowly being taken over by Chinese people, who no doubt want to be Australians, I see the world through different eyes.

Many of my old friends have died so I now have some good Chinese friends who help me along life's journey. I sometimes attend a bi-lingual Chinese/English service at St Peter's Presbyterian Church at North Sydney.

What "yellow peril"? They are my neighbours. I believe Australia is a multi-cultural country and the integration of these "new Chinese" people into the Australian way of life is the key to a peaceful future in Australia and hopefully in this part of the world.

Hopefully the government will see it this way. I think I could cope with a Prime Minister of Chinese racial origins, as long as he/she believed in Democracy. Surely it is the Totalitarian/Communist government that we fear.

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