As I buried my head doing my own stuff, it was until later today that I knew it is the 41st President of the United States, President George H. W. Bush ’s funeral service today. I am not familiar with Senior Bush, in fact, until recently I am not familiar with most U.S Presidents except a very few. But reading some of the reports, I get to know Senior Bush had held several positions that liaison with China since the 1970s when China was still a very isolated poor country. He had formed strong bonds with not only the leaders of China, but its government and culture as a whole. With that bond he had always felt a certain custodial sense towards China. “I love the Chinese people,” he wrote. “One of my dreams for our world is that these two powerful giants will continue working toward a full partnership and friendship that will bring peace and prosperity to people everywhere.”
As an elder who served as the initial bridge builder for the friendship of the two countries, it must be sad for Senior Bush to witness the increasing discord between United States and China this past year. His pass away happened right at a time when the Trade War is in heat moment maybe a sign that deeper inner work is required for each of the partner to become more mature and understanding, to learn to appreciate each other’s strength and figure out ways to overcome their own weakness.
In political arena, there is a saying that “there is no permanent friends or enemies, but interests.” And yes it does take two to waltz. United States and China is a very complex pair of relationship, one is the leader of modern country with spirit of freedom and strong sense of democracy, another is an old civilization burdened by thousands years of tradition and baggages, although quickly advanced to be another superpower, still has a long way to fully modernize its political, social structure. So much difference exists that the two countries naturally attracts, as each has much to offer the other to become better and wiser. Let’s all hope we can resolve all the issues with a win-win attitude, and an eye for core values of humanity.
With all of that in mind, we say goodbye to Senior Bush and thank him whole heartily for all the many work he had done for the peace, prosperity of the two country and the World at large.
President George H.W. Bush, we all love you!