Sunday, December 19, 2010

China and Jerusalem

As you'll have noticed, I'm not finding the time for blogging these days. Maybe things will improve, assuming we know what would pose an improvement.

In the meantime, however, Victor has been watching Al-Jazeera in Arabic, more elbow power to him, I'd say. He recently came across a story there about how the Chinese are edging toward a position on Jerusalem that would dismay Europeans and the Obama administration if only they, too, were watching Al-Jazeera in Arabic. Says Victor: the Chinese are no longer willing to agree with the Arab states that it's important to condemn Israel over its policies in Jerusalem.

I don't know what the story really was, and even less what it means, if it means anything at all. I do find it plausible that as China and India rise, they may forge their own narratives about the world; since neither place has any deep-rooted traditions relating to the Jews, this may turn out to be a good thing.

I also know that my older son is studying Mandarin at Tel Aviv University, and he tells me he's got hundreds of classmates; apparently, many young Israelis are preparing careers predicated on going eastwards rather than westwards. This can't be a bad thing.


Challah Hu Akbar said...

ElderofZiyon has more on this

Anonymous said...

On another topic, "Divest This" links to this excellent article by Ruth Wisse at Commentary.


Silke said...

The Chinese discover Carl Schmitt
says Mark Lilla

for the not Germanically challenged or those who feel up to the mysteria of Google translate here is a link to a German book on the guy with a must read extensive blurb on the man. Wikipedia has to offer not much but the German one leaves one a lot less in doubt about the man than the English one.

(the link is so long, because I got it via Elder of Ziyon who is favoured by TNR to get access to some paywalled stuff)

AKUS said...

Your article pointing out that young Israelis are studying Chinese reminds me of the book "Jews God and History" by Max Dimont, where he makes thepoint that either Jews have always moved to where the new economic power is emerging, or, like bees pollinating flowers, they are the small but necessary pollinator of the new economic growth in those countries.

The Chinese have their own problems now with the Moslems, and although we often hear about the 1B Moslems, it's worth remembering that there are a billion or so Chinese and about half a billion non-Moslem Indians who have problems with Islam and are likely to view Israel far more favorably than the supine Western powers.

Sérgio said...

Way to go: the huge asian markets of China and India could be a real bounty to Israel´s high-tech industry. And the EU turn into a decadent caliphate it deserves.

Anonymous said...

how can china, which has occupied tibet longer than israel has occupied the west bank, uses slave labor, and gets away with human rights violations on a daily basis....honestly condemn israel for anything it does?

they will end up holding an opposing view because it is politically expedient

Anonymous said...

bacci40, doesn't stop them condemning the US....

As for China, they will do anything to keep the people who give them mineral resources happy and right now that isn't Israel


Anonymous said...

Just take a look at the situation of very young children in China.

50% of newborn babies are disabled, because of the polluted environment!

Severe cases (or female babies) are dumped into dust bins!

Some of those kids are saved by private "kindergartens". They are named if they survive the first year!

I am not blind to the economic possibilities of a market like China, but there is a price to this economic growth.

Regards, André

Barry Meislin said...

I think the connection, aside from the Jews' (and Israelis') adoration of Chinese kreplach (aka "dim sum"), etc., is really and truly one of empathy.

The interest and curiosity of one ancient culture towards another?

Well, perhaps.

Much more likely, though, is since (most) Israelis feel profoundly the existential threat posed by their neighbors' pre-occupation with the concept of "Palestine from the River to the Sea", so can Israelis empathize with China's deep-seated (and so very real) fears of the existential threat posed to it by Tibet.

(And what can unite two nations more than a mutual appreciation of food together with the savorings of an existential threat?)