Note from Leslie Forman: I asked Hongqing to react to my previous post, about James Fallows' interview with Terry Gross. Given her vast experience in finance, roots in Jiangxi Province, and excellent posts for this blog, I knew that she would be able to analyze this more closely than I could. Here's a part of an email that she sent to me, which I have shared with her permission. We look forward to hearing your comments.
Chinese government leaders, current and past, are all masters of the political power strategies documented and illustrated by Sun Tzu, The Book of History (史书), and many classic novels such as The Three Kingdoms, Dream of the Red Chamber, Legends of Water Marshals, etc. It is easy to understand why China has invested so much in the US once you look at this from military strategy or power accumulation perspective.
In short, business people are short-sighted as they are trained to focus on the bottom line and short-term profit. Intellectuals (including perhaps James Fallows) tend to be idealists, who want to find the good in anything. Almost everybody can be used as tools, as they are easily fooled and persuaded. Those who know how to play the game of power, however, are the masters of chess board who use every piece to advance their overall objectives.
So, why do I still want to work for the masses who are at the Bottom of the Pyramid? It's because I am also an idealist and a believer in equal rights for all. Amid all these games, those who have suffered the most deserve to be helped in any way possible.