Wednesday, November 18, 2009

From The NY Times

China Holds Firm on Major Issues in Obama’s Visit
By HELENE COOPER

President Obama was confronted, on his first visit, with a fast-rising China more willing to say no to the U.S.

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Of course! China is economically advancing; the US is economically (and morally) declining. With this President, we are in no condition to stand in and speak out of the bully pulpit (as did Reagan). "The leader of the free world" (as US Presidents used to be called) is making his own country less free and less a force for good in the world.

But God often works in the underground, not in the foreground. The Chinese house church movement may prove to be far more influential than the Chinese civil government or the man sadly shaming the White House today.

2 comments:

Daniel said...

I saw a professor on the Newshour last night talk about how he thinks China will be the number one "super power" by 2020. I tend to think he's right. Especially considering: economically they have considerable leverage of exports to imports, the desire for a growing currency on the world stage, etc. and of course a massive military of foot soldiers.

Like you said with the declining moral fabric of this country America is following other empires before us, and will eventually fall into obscurity or at least severely weakened. The history of empires is circular like that. It will be exciting in our life times to see the Chinese underground church become more prominent. The grass roots movement will eventually be a force to be reckoned with on their domestic as well as international stage.

Dave said...

It seems like China has a lot going for it but that civilization, like South Korea and Japan, is facing a massive population implosion. Due to its reduced birth rate, in the next several decades there's going to be an increasingly larger elderly population needing to be supported.