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By Sheng-Wei Wang
November 1, 2009

In this publication, we offer you a “Dialogue with Professor David S. Mason, Author of The End of the American Century” by Professor David S. Mason and Dr. Sheng-Wei Wang and the two comments: 1) “American Power in the Twenty-First Century” by Professor Joseph S. Nye; and 2) “Peace, Not War, the Best Strategy” by Professor Madhav Das Nalapat.


This is the second time that the China-U.S. Friendship Exchange, Inc. hosts an exclusive web-dialogue with a renowned expert on where America stands now. We wish that you will find this candid and in-depth discussion stimulating and trust that it will shed light on the new post-Bush world order. 


We welcome your valuable comments on this important topic!



Reader Comment on “To Simplify Or Not To Simplify Chinese Words?” (10/01/2009) by Peter Chung Chieh:


I did not know that a motion was made during the People's Congress in 2009 to revert to the traditional Chinese. How are they going to do that? What for? They have to re-educate the masses? Or, just give their people the freedom of using the traditional Chinese without punishment?"


Answer from Professor Peter Chung Chieh:


I was just as surprised to read the news indicating someone made the motion to use the traditional Chinese. However, I don't think the motion was ever passed. Thus, there was no worry. Due to the intimate relationship between the mainland and Taiwan, there is a need to use both versions on both sides of the Strait. I believe this is the practice now, and people are free to use either version. The development of the Chinese language in the future will be interesting, and I dare not to predict.


Reader Comment on “China's Attempts to Reform Rural Land Rights” (8/01/2009) by Jialin Zhang:


Is the Great leap forward of 1958-1961 a human tragedy , as your “expert" suggests in his "Rural land reform" article, or is it as the great leader Chairman Mao saw it, as the earth shaking mass movement where the Chinese people embarked on building more, faster, better and more efficient socialism ?


Answer from Dr. Jialin Zhang:


If the property rights of the rural land were granted to the farmers then, this human tragedy could be well avoided.

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