China’s Moon Landing December 14, 2013Posted by hslu in China, Global Affair, Military, Politics.
Tags: Chang'e, Chang'e-3, China, 长江后浪推前浪 一代新人换旧人, Long March-3B, Moon rabbit, Soviet Union, 创业维艰 守成不易, 嫦娥, 嫦娥三号, 富不过三代
My first thought was “长江后浪推前浪 一代新人换旧人” which literally means that “Waves of the Long River, Yangtze River, are pushed by waves from behind signaling the old generation is replaced by new one.”
America did it almost 40 years ago but it has moved on to other things partly because it saw limited benefits from this expensive program going forward. Budgetary constraint also was an important factor for its ultimate demise.
When a country spends more than it takes in years in and years out, something has to give. Federal budget is rising at an alarming rate and the “national debt can” has just been kicked down the road one more time with the Ryan-Murry budget agreement. America is simply broke and that’s why NASA became expandable. Space research takes a back seat from food stamps and 99-week unemployment benefits. Sadly the mighty America is starting to pay for its extravagant spending habit. The slow march to decline is inevitable.
Same goes for Soviet Union because it couldn’t afford to compete with the wealth America in the 70’s and 80’s. Finally, Reagan‘s military buildup bankrupted Soviet Union and the once mighty Soviet was crushed not by bullets but by economic reality.
Chinese has this saying that has been demonstrated in many situations:
which means “family wealth seldom passes beyond three generations. Look at all past empires and it seems that history has a funny way to repeat itself, doesn’t it?
My only wish is that the members of the collective leadership in China have the benefits of China and Chinese people in their hearts when they decide on domestic regulations, military expansions and foreign policies.
A new China is emerging and the road to prosperity is a long one. Simply getting there is only the beginning.
Remember: “创业维艰 守成不易”
By the way, in case you are wondering, Chang’e, 嫦娥, is the Chines goddess of the Moon. Here is the link and a couple of painting of her:
Source: google image