For the past few years, I have been troubled by the fact that I read a lot of news, but am not able to deeply process or retain the intelligence. I have been reading passively, letting the media shape my mind. Enough of that. So from now on, I will periodically pick out interesting news, and write down my reflections and analysis. Let's call it the "News Thinking" series. This habit should help me read proactively, think deeply, and communicate wisely.
I asked some people I respected how they read news. One said, "I look for the trends, the emerging issues, the fundamental shifts." Another said, "I look at who did what to whom --- the politics." Both are great perspectives. How do you read news? What questions do you have in your mind while reading news?
So let the News Thinking start today.
One piece really caught my eyes: A Chinese coal mine supervisor in Zambia was killed by local workers demanding higher wages.
First, imperialist symptom is knocking on China's door. I still believe that China does not harbor imperial ambition at this point. But China's national interests and commercial footprint have extended so widely that it's impossible for China not to fall into imperial dilemma.
Second, China is not fully prepared, from top to bottom, to face this new landscape. How to operate in other countries? How to treat foreigners in China? There is no high-level national strategy, nor is there awareness among the individuals facing the daily interactions.
Finally, China will face a long and steep learning curve. As China learns and finds strategies, it will make decisions that would determine whether China is a force of peace and enlightenment for all sentient beings, or the return of an old empire. I believe the Chinese students overseas today will play a crucial role in making China a truly responsible global player.