In ‘Wedding’ by Stanisław Wyspiański there are memorable words. Czepiec, an uncle of the bride says to a journalist Rudolf Starzewski: ‘What is going on in politics?/The Chinese are on a strong position!?’. An editor of the Cracovian newspaper ‘Time’, answering, is also asking his interlocutor: ‘You know where China is?’, and Czepiec concludes philosophically: ‘Well, it is so far away/and you do not know/that a peasant will always guess in his own way/no matter how far it would be/And we read newspapers here and know everything’.

This fragment of the ‘Wedding’ was an echo of the Uprising of Boxers taking place in China at that time. It was a military people’s spurt aimed against the Europeans who wanted to subordinate the most populated country in the world to themselves, and against dynasty of Qing reigning at that time and favouring those plans. Today the situation in the country amounting to 1.4 milliard inhabitants is reverse. China is not a collapsing empire any more, but the most fast-developing economy and country number 2 (after the USA) in the world. China is succeeding in conquering the space, getting armored and gaining influences in Central Asia, Africa and South America, as well as in Europe and it is aspiring for the position of the leader on the global scene. Because the centre of the world has moved to the Far East, China, whose economy is slowly becoming the biggest in the world, is consequently enlarging its global influences in order to begin works on creating the biggest area free from trade comprising countries of Asia and the Pacific.

Whereas the European Union, consisting of 28 countries of totally nominally highest national gross product, is getting weaker in the global race. In 1914 Europe was still a domineering continent. It was the most developing economically and socially region of the globe. Every 5th inhabitant of the Earth lived in Europe, and its economic potential gave even 40 percent of the world gross product. The Europeans used to pioneer in being inventive and implementing those innovations. Today – after tragic experiences of the both world wars, terrible totalitarianism of German Nazism and Soviet bolshevism as well as in relation to negative aspects of the liberal ideology – population of our continent is only 10 percent of the world population.

In Europe less and less children are born, there are more and more immigrants, mainly from Islamic countries. The European Union is featured by the total ideologizaztion of all areas of social life, taken from the roots of the Enlightenment Epoch, as well as gigantic growth of bureaucracy, centrally planned and regulated economy and democracy deficit. There are stronger and stronger social, cultural conflicts, an overwhelming life attitude is moral relativism, egoistic individualism and hedonism. Politically correct people holding authority, do not present their societies great aims or projects able to encourage millions of the Europeans for creating action. More and more inhabitants of the Old Continent are religiously indifferent. They contain civic virtues, such as solidarity, justice, care about common welfare, ability for devoting oneself, courage, sacrifice. The Europeans are stressed, frustrated, tired and discouraged.

In addition, as it has recently been written in information service ‘Politico’, Chinese investments in the countries touched by the crisis give Beijing an essential political influence on the European Union. If the European Union wanted an unbeneficial law for Beijing, China could threaten that it would not buy French wine or German cars any more. Portugal is an example of a country which blocks legislation which is not convenient for Beijing – it is where Chinese investors are purchasing banks and energetic nets massively.

Influence of Beijing is seen in the recent voting in relation to human rights in China – they are blocked by the countries in which the Chinese have recently made enormous investments. In other words: ‘The Chinese are on a strong position!’…


„Niedziela” 46/2017

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