Does Yemen have great men? [Archives:2008/1151/Opinion]

May 1 2008

By: Dr Mohammed Al-Dhulai
I used to listen to a live radio program while commuting to office almost everyday. One day, the program focused on China and its fastest growing economy that shocked the entire world, as it steadily grows by 10 percent per year. China is due to become the strongest and uncontestable power in the world within the coming 15 years, a fact acknowledged by the United States itself. Who believed that the world first Marxist country will turn into a capitalist state?

I still remember that buying any Chinese product over those past few years was by all means accompanied by the connotation of poor quality. Nowadays, the situation has become totally different as markets around the United States are flooded with Chinese super quality products. It is not an exaggeration when one says that the American citizen lives on the Chinese products since he/she awakes up in the early morning until he/she returns home in the evening. “Air” is the only thing that can not be manufactured in China, however, polluted air filters available in the American markets were made in China.

Now the Chinese are snatching many nicknames from the U.S without any wrestling or conflicts, however, the latter retained those nicknames for several decades. Today's biggest bank in the world is Chinese and not American, and so is the biggest insurance company, as well as the biggest petroleum exploration & production firm in world. The most important thing is that China has the largest number of billionaires worldwide. The list of Chinese billionaires is very long and there is no enough space here to put it.

The world's most populous country is planning to have the first spaceman within the coming 20 years to be the second state in the world after the U.S. in the respect of technological development, thereby outperforming Russia, once the world's space pioneer. In the military field, China has increased its spending on defense for this year by 17 percent, thus amounting up to $ 45 billion.

World's superpower admits Chinese superiority:

The U.S. has felt or seen the fastest rhythm of China' economic growth. It also has felt the risk size, which is why it started to have its natives learn the Chinese Language. Although the Chinese Language Teaching Program is only launched in nearly ten of the primary schools around the North American Continent, it reflects the future plans regarding the way of dealing with the Asian giant, that has waken up suddenly after sleeping for a long time. The U.S. authorities added the Chinese Language Program to school curriculum with the aim of preparing its generations for competing with their Chinese counterparts in the different economic and technological areas.

The World Bank recently announced that the Chinese and Indian economies are 40% smaller than previously estimated. Since these are the fastest-growing large economies, the Bank's revision has clipped half a percentage point off world growth over the last five years, according to the IMF.

The new numbers set off a firestorm of debate, and have brought conspiracy theorists out in force. But when the dust settles, the new data may be less revolutionary than some people believe. They may also have the unintended benefit of shifting a key policy debate in a more productive direction.

The new data are based on improved estimates of purchasing power parity (PPP). The basic idea is that, when comparing incomes across countries, variations in purchasing power should be taken into account. Market exchange rates are not a good indicator of these differences, because they can fluctuate for other reasons.

China has opened its cities, villages, sea outlets and airspaces for investment without any restrictions. There is also a notably continuing health development for the middleclass in China, due to constitute the greatest group of the Chinese population that exceeds one billion souls.

But, let us contemplate deeply on the matter. “Has such an economic boom been achieved overnight?” Surely, the answer will be 'No'.

In short, the story is traceable back to 1978 when party leaders and statesmen at the different levels, backed by peoples' representatives, unanimously decided that it is time to move toward comprehensive political and economic reforms. All those involved parties reached a consensus on the 'four elements of updating' as a basis for civilized development. The four elements, science, agriculture, industry and defense, constitute the basis of China's incomparable economic development.

In 1964, these elements were suggested by Zhou Elina, however, the man did not complete his university studies after he was sent by his family to study in Japan in 1917. Before Japan invaded China in 1937, relations between both countries were growing tense, but during his studies, Elina was a brave spokesman criticizing the Japanese policies toward his homeland.

Enlai's classmates narrated that the prominent scholar asked them, “How can we rescue our country?” Their sole response was: “To study and become skilled in the different areas of science and professions.”

China was in need for qualified staff of physicians, engineers and teachers, but “Why?” Elina asked his companions. “If China is about to disappear, I think it is futile to continue our studies.”

Today's China is the product of a great leader and great men. So, in order for Yemen to advance and prosper, it must have great men like those of China.