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China's Math, Science Advances an Ominous Sign

By Lev Navrozov   |   Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 10:40 AM

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States projected to June 16 of this year is 306,683,932. What are they doing? If there is a source of money able to pay for a certain employment, a relevant number of resident Americans are employed, regardless of whether the money comes from a private source or the U.S. government.

Socio-politically, post-1949 China can be compared to the nomadic tribe of the Huns under Attila (who “had the power of life and death over his human beings and some of them regarded him as [a] God,” especially “after he had murdered his brother Bleda c. 445”).

It was estimated in July 2008 that the population of China was 1.33 billion. How is it employed? In war or in peace, this population is an army (1) producing what is necessary for itself to remain alive and be physically fit, (2) developing the world’s newest and most destructive weapons, and (3) fighting, whenever ordered, with such weapons. Any other employment is paid for by foreign employers, finding it much cheaper to employ Chinese rather than natives in their own countries.

Such is geostrategic quantity of China’s human reservoir. Let us take a look at its geostrategic quality.

I have received an e-mail from David Schaub, whose colleague, Daniel Rose, at his office had sent him current news about a “US National Security Agency, supporting international competition in a wide range, from writing algorithms to destroying components.” These are the data on the contest. About 4,200 people participated: “20 of the 70 finalists were from China, 10 from Russia, and 2 from the U.S.”

So, in a contest supported by a U.S. agency, the Chinese accounted for about one-third of finalists, and the Americans for one-thirty-fifth.

Rose speaks of the importance China puts on mathematics and science education. “We do the same thing with athletics here that they do with mathematics and science there.” Well, athletics do not play in war in the 21st century the same role as do mathematics and science.

Let us borrow the word “diversionist” from WWI and WWII. Sent across the border into the enemy hinterland was a diversionist, who organized some catastrophe in an enemy rear, “diverting” an enemy.

Today technology has removed many difficulties connected with diversionism. When people talk about “botnets,” they are talking about a group of computers infected with the malicious kind of robot software — the bots that “divert” the operation of computers.

The second “news link,” which Rose sent to Schaub, says:

The Chinese government is mandating that all computers sold in China come with Internet blocking software. . . . This new software may create an opportunity for the Chinese Government to appropriate these computers and use them to create the world’s largest botnet army.

Well, technological diversions are possible not only in armor, but also in aircraft, rocketry, space war, and whatever else.

Let us now switch back to the 20 Chinese finalists as against the two finalists from the U.S. in Rose’s “news link.”

The proportion of the population of China to that of the U.S. is about 4 to1, and that of their finalists in mathematics and science is 10 to1. The owners of China may possibly raise the proportion to 20 to 1 or 50 to 1 or 100 to 1 by squeezing all money out of the professions of close-to-zero importance for warfare today (such as athletics) and channeling all the resources into professions of maximum importance for warfare today.

The unexpectedness of emergence of China as a world superpower is understandable. Before this geostrategic growth of China in the 21st century, the countries of the world were divided into “advanced” and “backward,” the key to the division being their industrial-scientific development versus the absence of it. An “advanced” country defeated a “backward” one.

Britain won two wars against China to make it stop preventing the British sale of opium to the Chinese. China would have been thought to remain a backward country for another 5,000 years, when something unprecedented happened. Owing to its huge population, China was becoming a developed country whose minister of national defense between 1993 and 2003 (Chi Haotian) began to declare that China should strike the U.S. first and exterminate one-third or two-thirds of its population in order to prevent the U.S. from being the first to attack the Chinese, a race, according to Haotian, superior to the Germans, whom Hitler once considered the superior race.

I was horrified as I read all these official top Chinese declarations, certainly accessible to many Americans in the U.S. government and Congress as well as in the media. Have these Americans gone deaf or are they already scared to antagonize such a powerful enemy and have thus surrendered their country and its allies with the least danger to themselves?

Can’t they imagine a battle space in which the Chinese specialists in mathematics and other fields of science will outnumber at least 10 times their American counterparts of the same level, while American athletics will be irrelevant?

You can e-mail me at navlev@cloud9.net

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