To begin, let’s see if we can handle these names: Xi Jinping and Nursultan A. Nazarbayev. Xi is President of The People’s Republic of China, Nazarbayev is President of Kazakhstan. They are in the news because only last week they signed trade and finance accords worth $30 billion. President Xi said he wanted to create a contemporary version of the Old Silk Road that crossed the ancient plains of Kazakhstan on their way from China to Europe.
Come on Xi, we know it’s all about oil. But what gets me is that 21st century China, only 65 years after Mao Tse-Tung’s Communists chased Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists off the mainland, is able to talk about $30 billion as if it were a bag of rice.
So how did that happen? I have blogged before about events in China leading to where we are – it began with Charlie Soong in 1876.
Max is ready to move on – not that he has said all he has to say about World War One and the Guilt of it – to say nothing of the impact of the times on the future of Europe, the U.S, and the World – what happened to the League of Nations? Etc., etc., etc.
Two topics are next up – First, Max’s next novel, COUNT, currently in the final stages of production at Tate Publishing. It is timely because the topic of civil rights is always timely, but also because the country is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.
The second topic is China, also much in the 2013 news – Max has traced the origin of the Chinese Communist takeover in earlier blogs which he is thinking of reposting. Current developments in the great Middle Kingdom are so different from what anyone expected when Mao Tse Tung triumphed in 1949 that it is time to take another look and see if any of it makes any sense.