Kung Hei Fat Choy – a Happy New (Chinese) New Year, and more than that a Happy New Future to us all.

Kung Hei Fat Choy – Year of the Tiger:

Poems can stir all of the senses, by expressing or portraying different aspects, they can make one smile, cry or a multitude of other emotions.

The Tiger
William Blake

Tiger Tiger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger Tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

In this the Year of the Tiger, for which the Chinese are current celebrating, it is causing the same emotional tugs on human nature,  some look at the purchase of European brands, and the lift and shift of assets from Europe to China as a bad thing, others see the opportunity and see it has a good thing..

Each of us have an interest in China, whether we like it or not, we live on one planet under the same sun and moon, pollution of the air wherever it occurs affects us all, and we cannot judge China, India or any developing country. Energy is needed, burning bright, the lights of progress.

In William Blake’s Poem, the Tiger, you can read how he despises poverty, people working in unhealthy situations. It was about the Industrial revolution but remains valid for any revolution, peaceful or not.

The Tiger, the old carbon producing energy sources, the Lamb, renewables, green technology, we need progress, we need the transfer of technology. We need to improve the lives of anyone subject to poverty, fuel or fuel.

I have no issue with foreign companies coming in and buying failing and failed UK ones, but I would like them to keep that investment here, China has such potential, here in the UK and across Europe, some of its staff losing their employment here where amongst the finest in the trade. The sad thing about all this, is the latest financial crisis has even destroyed companies that were good, and where the quality of the product was exceptional. All it needed was a little support, that could not be found here.

The Chinese Government have the ability to endear themselves to the British public, if they keep these Business assets in Britain, even employing people now, with growth that would be a great to them for other produce made in China. If unemployment continues to grow across Europe, China will have a massive home market, but a poor foreign earnings one.

The Chinese are not an enemy, they are sound business people look to Hong Kong, and all the scare stories about the hand back from the UK. By investing in Europe, overseas owned companies will get a great product, well built, exportable across Europe. Personally, I would build on that investment and help create a future that is sustainable.

One only has to look at UK companies with real good management, like Tesco’s, and see that partnerships in China work.

Anglo-Sino relations need to be based on trust, friendship and fairness, and the Chinese are honourable people. Please let’s not forget, it was not Chinese Companies or Chinese backers that brought these companies to their knee’s, it was others, and businessmen buy assets cheap the world over, lets just be grateful that the backers have substance. Madam Fu Ying, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the UK, can be rightly proud of China, the PRC has over its 60 years transformed the country into a prosperous and successful country.

We have to extend a hand, understand the bilateral co-operation and understand that new opportunities require new partnerships. We have to understand that China seeks harmony, and with international harmony we all get peace. Blake speaks of understanding the world, but we can only understand it how we perceive it. By education  and by communication, we can find a common reality, a common perception and a common future.



2 Responses to “Kung Hei Fat Choy – a Happy New (Chinese) New Year, and more than that a Happy New Future to us all.”

  1. 1 crisismaven February 14, 2010 at 18:46

    I have my doubts about that happy neew yar: There will be much more hardship soon with a looming Chinese collapse bigger than the Soviet Union’s.

    • 2 csljohnkirby February 14, 2010 at 19:18

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I have look at your own blog, and wow, I will be returning.

      I do not trust figures from many sources, even so called good Governments lie, but you are right a financial meltdown in China would cause real problems worldwide. The issue of sub-prime loans had a lot to do with the recent crisis, and now in the UK we have added 15 million people to the list that will have to deal in this area. This week coming a new camapaign is being launched http://www.betterbanking.org.uk . 7 million already before this latest crisis did not have access to credit and bank accounts.

      Countries need to co-operate, share technology. If we are going to judge, it should not be on the wealth of the top 10% of a nation but that of the bottom 10%. Lifting the bottom up out of poverty will create opportunity. Micro-finance offers a way out of poverty, and China might yet surprise us.

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