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Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."

 
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Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
When the French emperor uttered those famous words of warning, few ever imagined the China of the 21st century.

Once a sleeping giant, today this nation and her people are rising and shaping the world as never before.

Here in Beijing, and across the country, most people are talking about one thing: A red-hot economy that has created some 300,000 millionaires.

"The economy is going up and we are very confident about our country's future. We're going to make it big!" said one resident of Beijing.

Since 1978, China's economy has doubled every eight years. Today, the average Chinese person has some ten times the purchasing power they had just a quarter century ago.

Another Beijing resident said, "When we were growing up as a family, we barely made ends meet. Today, that's not the case. We have more options that allow us to enjoy life like never before."

And as never before, the Chinese are on a spending spree. With a population of 1.3 billion people, its no wonder the world is beating a path to the Chinese mainland.

"I think I am lucky to be the first buyer of a Harley Davidson motorbike in China," said Mr. Ding, a Harley Davidson lover.

Another Chinese consumer said, "I'm looking for the laptop that's the most popular and the most fashionable."

Next week, China will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its entry into the World Trade Organization , a move that has already made a huge impact on Chinese society.

"Getting WTO status gave us the opportunity to learn from other international companies," said one Chinese citizen.

Huang Xiaoyu, a reporter with the Shanghai News Times, agreed.

"It has…opened up our country to the world," said Xiayu. "People's minds here are opening. We think global now and we are getting closer to the West."

But not everyone's enjoying the economic good times here in China. The government has managed to raise about 300 million people out of poverty. But still, so many live on less than a dollar a day.

Zhang Xue Jaang Shoe, a computer analyst with one of China's top internet companies, is worried about the underprivileged.

"There is a darker side that exists in our society and we have to deal with," said Shoe.

According to recent figures from the World Bank, China's poor grew poorer at a time when the country was growing. People's incomes have fallen; college tuition fees are 15 times what they used to be 15 years ago; housing prices are skyrocketing and costs for medical care are also going up.

But Xiaoyu is confident that her country can solve all these problems.

"We are working to close the gap between the rich and poor in this country," she said. "I believe the government will succeed in tackling this crisis."

Private citizens have also been getting involved with the poor. Often described as "Generation Me", the country's new rich are looking for ways to help others.

In the meantime, preparations are well under way for the Beijing Olympic Games. 24 hours a day seven days a week, thousands of construction workers have been busy building the sites that will play host to the games in 2008.

Thousands more are frantically learning how to speak English and learn western manners.

And beyond the Olympic-size economic windfall it expects from the games, officials here said they hope to use the event to ultimately earn the goodwill and esteem of the world at large.

A volunteer with Beijing Olympic Committee said, "Those of us living here know what an enormous opportunity this is for us to show the world who we are and what we are about."
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
They were too mired in tradition and closed mindedness to see Gunpowder for what it was worth. The Asians submit to dominance too easily. China is like a Roman Empire that never broke up and thus stagnated. They would have never discovered ELECTRICITY. Thank god for the white man's bad temper that led to wars and the Bubonic Plague, for Europe and North America would be packed in like sardines and the population of the world would be 12 BILLION.
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
And the Japanese once said concerning America,

"I am afraid that all we have done is to awaken the sleeping Dragon"

Or maybe it was from a movie??? lol
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
Well... the rise of China - and India aswell - spells imminent ecological and resource disaster for the entire planet.

The ecosystems were stretched far twenty years ago - and since then the strain has doubled, and the resources been heavily depleted... I give the world as we know it ten more years at the most.
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
And the Japanese once said concerning America,

"I am afraid that all we have done is to awaken the sleeping Dragon"

Or maybe it was from a movie??? lol
 Quoting: Highlander_


The quote is "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.".

General Yamamoto stated those words after the attack on Pearl Harbour, however it is debated whether that is indeed the case.

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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
We welcome our Chinesse friends to our misery.
Now we all face the same shit.
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
Know something? apart from the Taiwan thing, China are the only one of the ''big 5'' not involved in all the crap that is going on in the world at the moment.

Russia have a big problem in Chechnya, and the Polonium incidents, France have a Muslim problem, and are intimately involved with Lebanon, the US and UK have their obvious problems, but China? They seem to be sitting in the ''box seat'', don't they? Makes me wonder whether or not THEY are the ones behind EVERYTHING, if you know what I mean?

Funny how things have turned out this last 20 years, isn't it?
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
China is concerned with it's own problems and as far as China is concerned Tiawan is a Chinese territory, why the US is involved is beyond me as it's none of their business. The world would certainly be a better place if the other 4 were less worried about other peoples homes and more worried about their own. It's amazing to me that countries like the USA have the gall to criticise Chinas human rights record, hello kettle. China will become a threat if someone threatens them, either directly or through disruption of their supply line, this is why Venezuala was smart when it made the oil deal with China. Fuck with Venezuala and it will piss China off which is why Bush has backed off.
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
Consume, consume, consume.
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
China is the country where Christians are growing the fastest (followed by Africa, especially subsaharan). I love China, only their evil tyrannical government is the problem...
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Re: Napoleon Bonaparte once said of China, "Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
They were too mired in tradition and closed mindedness to see Gunpowder for what it was worth. The Asians submit to dominance too easily. China is like a Roman Empire that never broke up and thus stagnated. They would have never discovered ELECTRICITY. Thank god for the white man's bad temper that led to wars and the Bubonic Plague, for Europe and North America would be packed in like sardines and the population of the world would be 12 BILLION.
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What if China is an aggressive, competitive country? Do you think you'll be where you are living comfortably?

What if China make use of gunpowder, invent electricity, then nuclear technology, WMD...? With its population, the greenhouse effect will jump start earlier. Another "world police" born who constantly terrorizes people.

Because of its history and tradition, Chinese realized that technology will only bring destruction at the end if human nature does not change at the same time.

You should be thankful that China has been willfully (Yes, willfully!) remained as a sleeping dragon for all these hundreds of years. Or else humanity might already be extinct.

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