We do live in extraordinary times.
In Tiananmen Square on the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, amid all the pomp and circumstance, President Xi Jinping delivered a stark geopolitical message:
“The Chinese people will never allow foreign forces to intimidate, oppress or subjugate them. Anyone who tries to do this will find themselves on a collision course with a large steel wall forged by more than 1.4 billion Chinese.”
I have published elsewhere a concise version of the modern Chinese miracle – which has nothing to do with divine intervention, but has been based on “seeking truth from facts” (copyright Deng Xiaoping), inspired by a solid cultural and historical tradition.