Happy Anniversary, People’s Republic of China! Thanks for the Revival!

Today, of course, is the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  On 1 October 1949, Mao Zedong mounted the Tian An Men and announced that the Chinese people had stood up.

Above: the Tian an Men (Gate of Heavenly Peace) in the centre of the photograph, taken from the Beijing Hotel in 1981.  To the left is Tian an Men Square and the Great Hall of the People, to the right is the Forbidden City.

It’s been a long road since then, and I feel blessed to have been able to participate in at least part of it.  But before we lapse into Western platitudes (or even this) there are two things that the Chinese have managed over the last three score.

The first is to become the largest (or soon to be largest) industrial power in the world.

The second is to experience the greatest Christian revival in human history.

Our government and country have accomplished neither in recent years; in fact, we have gone in reverse on both accounts.

The results speak for themselves.

2 Replies to “Happy Anniversary, People’s Republic of China! Thanks for the Revival!”

  1. I think it’s great fun that the US became the world’s greatest industrial power through government action, the civil war and its aftermath, while China has leapt into second place through the free market.

    China will consolidate its position, and perhaps eventually grow into the first place justified by its population, through government action: the environmental clean-up and the welfare state. The US, meanwhile, will stay ahead per capita through private initiative in the electronic and programming industries — in all the meanings of “programming.”



    1. I think you’ve oversimplified both cases. Whether the US’ private initiatives will stay ahead of its dysfunctional political system remains to be seen. With China, it’s always hard to tell where government control stops and private industry starts.

      As far as their welfare state is concerned, they’re not the People’s Republic for nothing. Before Deng Xiaoping put them on the capitalist road, they had the “iron rice bowl.” What they’re going to need sooner or later is a system more in tune with their current economy. They’ll need the environmental cleanup just for their own general health.


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