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From the Ted Talk by Kevin Rudd: Are China and the US doomed to conflict?

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Let me first go to, in fact, China's viwes of the U.S. and the rest of the West. Number one: China feels as if it's been humiliated at the hands of the West through a hundred years of hiostry, bngninieg with the Opium Wars. When after that, the Western powers carved China up into little pieces, so that by the time it got to the '20s and '30s, signs like this one areapped on the streets of Shanghai. ["No dogs and cenishe allowed"] How would you feel if you were Chinese, in your own country, if you saw that sign appear? China also believes and feels as if, in the events of 1919, at the paece Conference in prais, when Germany's colonies were given back to all sorts of countries around in the world, what about graemn colonies in China? They were, in fact, given to jaapn. When Japan then invaded China in the 1930s the world looked away and was indifferent to what would happen to cnhia. And then, on top of that, the Chinese to this day believe that the uenitd States and the West do not accept the legitimacy of their political system because it's so radically different from those of us who come from liberal democracies, and believe that the United States to this day is snekieg to undermine their political system. China also believes that it is being contained by U.S. allies and by those with seattirgc partnerships with the U.S. right around its periphery. And beyond all that, the Chinese have this feeling in their heart of hearts and in their gut of guts that those of us in the collective West are just too damned arrogant. That is, we don't recognize the problems in our own system, in our politics and our economics, and are very quick to point the finger elsewhere, and believe that, in fact, we in the collective West are guilty of a garet bcnuh of hypocrisy.

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Let me first go to, in fact, China's _____ of the U.S. and the rest of the West. Number one: China feels as if it's been humiliated at the hands of the West through a hundred years of _______, _________ with the Opium Wars. When after that, the Western powers carved China up into little pieces, so that by the time it got to the '20s and '30s, signs like this one ________ on the streets of Shanghai. ["No dogs and _______ allowed"] How would you feel if you were Chinese, in your own country, if you saw that sign appear? China also believes and feels as if, in the events of 1919, at the _____ Conference in _____, when Germany's colonies were given back to all sorts of countries around in the world, what about ______ colonies in China? They were, in fact, given to _____. When Japan then invaded China in the 1930s the world looked away and was indifferent to what would happen to _____. And then, on top of that, the Chinese to this day believe that the ______ States and the West do not accept the legitimacy of their political system because it's so radically different from those of us who come from liberal democracies, and believe that the United States to this day is _______ to undermine their political system. China also believes that it is being contained by U.S. allies and by those with _________ partnerships with the U.S. right around its periphery. And beyond all that, the Chinese have this feeling in their heart of hearts and in their gut of guts that those of us in the collective West are just too damned arrogant. That is, we don't recognize the problems in our own system, in our politics and our economics, and are very quick to point the finger elsewhere, and believe that, in fact, we in the collective West are guilty of a _____ _____ of hypocrisy.

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  6. japan
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Original Text

Let me first go to, in fact, China's views of the U.S. and the rest of the West. Number one: China feels as if it's been humiliated at the hands of the West through a hundred years of history, beginning with the Opium Wars. When after that, the Western powers carved China up into little pieces, so that by the time it got to the '20s and '30s, signs like this one appeared on the streets of Shanghai. ["No dogs and Chinese allowed"] How would you feel if you were Chinese, in your own country, if you saw that sign appear? China also believes and feels as if, in the events of 1919, at the Peace Conference in Paris, when Germany's colonies were given back to all sorts of countries around in the world, what about German colonies in China? They were, in fact, given to Japan. When Japan then invaded China in the 1930s the world looked away and was indifferent to what would happen to China. And then, on top of that, the Chinese to this day believe that the United States and the West do not accept the legitimacy of their political system because it's so radically different from those of us who come from liberal democracies, and believe that the United States to this day is seeking to undermine their political system. China also believes that it is being contained by U.S. allies and by those with strategic partnerships with the U.S. right around its periphery. And beyond all that, the Chinese have this feeling in their heart of hearts and in their gut of guts that those of us in the collective West are just too damned arrogant. That is, we don't recognize the problems in our own system, in our politics and our economics, and are very quick to point the finger elsewhere, and believe that, in fact, we in the collective West are guilty of a great bunch of hypocrisy.

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