It’s about time Xinhua sent some reporters to Indian reservations in New Mexico:
Since the phrase “interference in our internal affairs” isn’t quite a specific part of the American vocabulary, perhaps we in North America could benefit from greater attention among Chinese to societal “contradictions” in the United States. From a diplomatic standpoint, welcoming, regularizing, and calling attention to such attention could give us more of that scarce credibility when it came time to criticize China on the Tibet issue. You might argue this is just part of the “Obama principle,” admitting some (domestic) shortcomings in order to get more of what you want (abroad).
In a recent conversation with Avery Booker at Jing Daily, I speculated that this might be a hidden “emerging trend” in US-China relations: the reciprocation from the East of the missionary impulse, the desire among young Chinese elites to see poverty, political inequality, and urban decay in the United States. It does make me wonder if any American administration could read up on their Sun Tzu and surprise China by making visas suddenly incredibly easy to get, and give Chinese students some big scholarships if only those students would commit to a year, or two or three, engaged in service projects in blighted places like Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, or East Cleveland, or Detroit, or Indian reservations in southwest South Dakota. Put a Confucius Institute in every ghetto; send master’s students from 民族大学 to the res!
Hey Chinese coming to Vancouver for the Olympics! Let’s meet up and do some conspiring.