Monday, August 29, 2016

Koo Shares His Mantra of Peace

Dr. George Koo is scientist, philanthropist, businessman and writer. He was born in China, grew up in the U.S., and has spent much of his life trying to keep the two countries working together on friendly terms.  (See interview from beginning.)
I asked him what the U.S. can do to foster a better relationship with China.
“It’s really ironic from the days of FDR, America was such an isolationist country that he was going to have to figure out how to maneuver the American public opinion to convince America that we need to go to war against Germany and Italy and later on Japan. 
Some people say that Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor, but let it go on just to convince the public that they need to go to war.  In that short period of time –-at least in my lifetime-- we have gone from there to now where we have to interfere with everybody else’s business. Which would have been okay if we know how to manage it. But we sure don’t know how to manage it.”
“There’s a saying in Chinese: —Si lian bo qiang jin: ‘4 ounces used the right way can tip over a thousand pounds.’It’s really in our national interest to recognize that we’re being the thousand pounds and China is being the four ounces.
“It’s in our national interest to find ways to get along with China. It doesn’t mean that we’re surrendering. It doesn’t mean that we’re giving up. It just does mean that lets not spend our time and resources always confronting or containing China.
“Because in the meantime, China is in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and they’re working in Africa and they’re working on all these projects that is going to win them friends."
What should our solution be?
“I go back to my original mantra. One less problem and one less burden is to how to figure out how we get along with China and not complain to China. This is actually a pretty big requirement, because China is becoming the second biggest economy. There are so many opportunities for mutual benefit—for win/win situations—that if we stop complaining and start thinking about how to get along, we’ll probably find many, many solutions that will be able to help each other. If you can forget about winning certain arguments, and focus solely on how to get things done, everyone’s better off. “

(This concludes this interview with Dr. Koo. You can continue to follow him as he writes about current events in China at the Asia Times/. 
Next: Female NASA Scientist Winifred Huo Escaping Bombs: "It was just like the movies." )

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What's Wrong With the U.S.?

George Koo, who is originally from southern China, grew up in Washington. He is trained as a chemist as well as a businessman, and was advising the U.S. on China even before the two countries officially created normal relations. (See interview from beginning.)
I asked him what is wrong with the U.S? 
"Donald Trump is what’s wrong here.”
He pointed to his article Bid No Trump in the Asia Times.  Then he listed some of the main challenges we face:
“Technically the U.S. is already bankrupt. Last count—somebody said we are 20 trillion dollars in debt. 

“We’re lucky up til now because we can cover the debt by printing more and more money. We have an unlimited ability to print money and the world is accepting that as a bonafide negotiable document.
“The day will come when the world loses confidence in the value of the dollar. Then we truly will be bankrupt.
“Our drive to bankruptcy is because we insist we have to be the hegemon of the world. 
"We have to control and rule. We have to dictate. We have to insist that everybody has our way or no way.
“China is not looking to be the adversary. But our military industrial complex has to find an adversary to justify all the expenditures they are making. As long as we continue on this path, it doesn’t bode well. It doesn’t bode well necessarily for China. But it doesn’t bode well for us. Because we will be driving ourselves out of business.”
Dr. Koo mentioned the Syria crisis as an example. “Christina Liu Lin has written a series of articles about Syria that describes what—pardon my language--what fuck- ups we are. In one place we’re funding one side. In another place, we’re funding the other side. A different side! Some of the sides we’re funding are part of ISIS. What we’re doing there makes absolutely no sense.
“What we are not doing is we are not putting the terrorists under control. They’re running wild. They’re running amok. And there’s nothing we are doing to stop it.”
(Next and Final Interview Post: Solutions? Koo Shares His Mantra)