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Ding’s distrust of China’s leaders

Ding’s distrust
of China’s leaders
Ronald Roy — June 3, 2015

Grief lingers almost two weeks after the peaceful demise of Prof. Alejandro “Ding” Lichauco, 86, Filipino nationalist, Harvard-bred lawyer, businessman, writer, activist, and dear friend. To this day, I mourn the loss of a low-key literatus whose grasp of geopolitics (curiously often against America’s foreign policies) we will sorely miss as we grope for ways to deal with China’s imperialist construction of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea.
Unknown to many, Ding was, in his own way, a religious man with a unique understanding of the Holy Trinity and the Blessed Mother. One wonders how such an intellectual could easily transcend into the mysteries of the faith — intellectuals are commonly agnostic — believing as he rightly did, e.g., in the healing powers of natural waters found at Mary’s many apparition sites around the world. The Christian faith was a sturdy pillar in Ding’s life, and it’s a pity that an illness prevented him from sharing his views on the numerous pesky Bangsamoro Basic Law issues.
Equally fascinating was how he often denounced American neocolonialism with as much passion as for the passing of a pet-cat — an event for which he tearfully blamed God, only to be shocked minutes later as it stirred back to life in his arms. He said, “Ronnie, I’ve lived long enough with cats to know when they’re dying, and when they’re dead! This one was stiff-dead for nearly an hour! Alleluia!”
As fellow pro bono Philippine Daily Tribune columnists during the time of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Ding and I often exchanged political views over coffee, hamburgers and churros at his favorite Dulcinea outlet on Morato Street, Quezon City — each session ending with a promise that the next would be more interesting, despite persistent texted threats to both our lives. But that’s another story.

Deng Xiaoping
In one of our last phone chats shortly before he fell ill almost two years ago, he said, “Ron, it is China’s leaders, not her people, whom I distrust. Google ‘Deng Xiaoping’ and you’ll know what I mean.” Well, I did; so hereunder is an exposition on Deng Xiaoping, based on data taken from the internet.
It’s often said only a moron will press the proverbial red button to trigger a nuclear holocaust. That’s wishful thinking. It’s more like humanity’s fate depended on how frazzled nerves can avoid miscalculations. Today, it is feared that China’s leaders are the warmongers Deng Xiaoping had once predicted them to be, in a 1989 speech before the U.N. General Assembly.
Deng was a 4′ 11″ runt, a midget with the mind of a colossus whose capitalist theories hastened the development of China’s market economy into what it is today: inarguably the second strongest in the world, and perhaps the largest creditor-nation ever in the history of mankind. It boggles the mind how America can manage her debt to China which reportedly stands now at close to US $ 3 trillion. Now, isn’t all that credit the kind of power that can bring other nations down to their knees — in fine, that can be so brutal??

Title of the fittest
Another wishful thinking is the notion that the two strongest nations, America and China, won’t annihilate each other because the world could be theirs through a mutually arranged détente. We cannot ignore the historical reality that imperialist power knows no limits, and that supper giants eventually square off for the title of the fittest in the jungle. And it is farfetched, truly, that Deng Xiaoping would not agree if he were still alive.
The perspicacious Deng had seen so much of the dark side of his country’s leaders that he warned that China would eventually become a daunting military threat to world peace. Recalling the brutal 1964 sinking by a Chinese vessel of an unarmed Vietnamese fishing boat three times smaller, which left over 60 innocent fishers killed and scores missing, Deng openly expressed fears of a resurgent China.

What happens now?
Ironically, however, he would be blamed for the 1989 massacre of student protesters at Tiananmen Square, and purged by the Politburo for his radical views. But it was his dynamism that brought him back on track in his quest for the pinnacle of power, the same dynamism that had him declaring before the U.N. General Assembly that, once given a chance at world domination, a reawakened China would bamboozle her neighbors in the Asean region, and could only be stopped by other countries acting in concert with her citizens.
However, perhaps that will not be necessary. What may suffice is America’s most recent warning that China had better stop her unlawful reclamation binge in the West Philippine Sea. Yes, it would do the region and the world best if China remembered that America is known not to mince words.
So, what happens now? I wish my dear friend, Ding, could tell us what, where and when.

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