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A Crystal Cup

By & Virginia Spring
3 January 2011

This is not your everyday beer cup made of glass. To start with, when this cup was produced, the beer has yet to be introduced to China, and then when this container was created, the glass has yet to be invented. So you’ve got a bit idea: this must be an ancient artifact. Yep, it is. In fact it is so ancient that when this piece of article was crafted, Confucian was attending a tea party hosted by Lao Tzu - that was some 2,500 years ago during China’s Warring States period. And the cup, cut from a single piece of crystal, was unearthed in Hangzhou about 20 years ago.

Sometimes some things just remain the same over the time.

The following is part of Joint Shanghai Communiqué by China and USA on the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries. And that was year 1972:

"6. The Chinese side stated: Wherever there is oppression, there is resistance. Countries want independence, nations want liberation and the people want revolution -- this has become the irresistible trend of history. All nations, big or small, should be equal: big nations should not bully the small and strong nations should not bully the weak. China will never be a superpower and it opposes hegemony and power politics of any kind. The Chinese side stated that it firmly supports the struggles of all the oppressed people and nations for freedom and liberation and that the people of all countries have the right to choose their social systems according their own wishes and the right to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of their own countries and oppose foreign aggression, interference, control and subversion. All foreign troops should be withdrawn to their own countries. The Chinese side expressed its firm support to the peoples of Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia in their efforts for the attainment of their goal and its firm support to the seven-point proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Viet Nam and the elaboration of February this year on the two key problems in the proposal, and to the Joint Declaration of the Summit Conference of the Indochinese Peoples. It firmly supports the eight-point program for the peaceful unification of Korea put forward by the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on April 12, 1971, and the stand for the abolition of the "UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea". It firmly opposes the revival and outward expansion of Japanese militarism and firmly supports the Japanese people's desire to build an independent, democratic, peaceful and neutral Japan. It firmly maintains that India and Pakistan should, in accordance with the United Nations resolutions on the Indo-Pakistan question, immediately withdraw all their forces to their respective territories and to their own sides of the ceasefire line in Jammu and Kashmir and firmly supports the Pakistan Government and people in their struggle to preserve their independence and sovereignty and the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for the right of self-determination. "

Are you sure this communiqué was indeed produced 40 years ago not 40 days ago? The world hasn't changed much since then, has it? Whoever (比如吴x民) says that the humanity has already entered an utopia phase of peace and that the war is no longer in fashion is a man either too stupid (which is a huge risk for China to have him hold his current position) or too smart (which is a great danger for China to have him hold his current position).

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