Pronouncement banner 2022By Greg Hugh

As the United States leads the western nations to counter the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, are there lessons for China from this war? If Taiwan was invaded, would it be similarly defended and would sanctions have any effects?

The U.S.-China relationship is the most complex bilateral relationship for the United States. Over the last 30 years, Sino-American relations have undergone an impressive transformation from animosity and conflict to candid dialogue and constructive cooperation. These two vast and complicated countries have found limited common ground on issues of trade, investment and, more recently, security. But key issues remain unresolved, and the potential for troubling divergence is real as China becomes an economic powerhouse, a military force in Asia, and a potential rival to U.S. hegemony. What role should ChinaInsight take covering these future developments?

Although there is not too much we can do to change whatever trajectory is in motion, the Chinese American community needs to become more proactive and become more involved as citizens by getting involved in politics, charitable giving and other activities to shatter the “model minority” label and work together instead as factions within their own communities.

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We continue our regular production schedule in our 21st year of publishing and continue our mission of promoting cultural and business understanding between China and the U.S. along with providing a bridge between the Chinese and American communities of the Twin Cities area. However, we also are going to be making some hard decisions concerning continuing our mission or not. If we continue, what direction should we go?

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Although ChinaInsight began as a free, printed newspaper back in 2001, it continues now to be available digitally at www.chinainsight.info. For those of you that are not familiar with ChinaInsight, we are proud that during the previous 20 years to have been involved with the following:

       The St Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden, poetically known as 柳 明 園 (Liu Ming Yuan), Lub Vaj Phooj Ywg (Garden of Friendship), and Garden of Whispering Willows & Flowing Waters, is a community-based, volunteer-driven public garden developed through long-term collaboration among the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society (MCFGS), the St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation, the Phalen Park neighborhood, and Twin Cities Hmong and Chinese communities. The city of Changsha is St Paul’s sister city in south China.

       Supported the campaign to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American Veterans of World War II that was spearheaded by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.

         In collaboration with the Chinese Heritage Foundation, established A Passage to China in 2008 which became an annual event at Mall of America that promotes Chinese history, culture and customs through interactive activities for all ages with over 40 organizations from throughout the Twin Cities communities participating as a FREE event for the general public

         Planned and hosted a forum on how to do business in China with speakers from Zhejiang Province

         Developed a relationship with a WTO Training delegation from Zhejiang, China to promote business relationships between Zhejiang and Minnesota

         Sponsored events held by the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, Asian Media Access, Dragon Festival and the China Center at the University of Minnesota

         Sponsored and partnered with the Minnesota Timberwolves to promote all Timberwolves and Houston Rockets games featuring Yao Ming since 2002 resulting in the Timberwolves’ sponsorship of a China Expo at the Target Center in March 2004

         Assisted and accompanied Governor Jesse Ventura on the trade mission to China in 2002

 

ChinaInsight is proud over the years to have been involved in initiating events such as these in spite of tepid support from the community that provides minimum communications or advertising support. Consequently we have relied on a dedicated volunteer staff which reduces our financial burden since this is what we have chosen to do to support the community.

 

That being said, as ChinaInsight continues its twenty-first year of publishing, we are soliciting comments from our targeted readers as to how our mission statement could be updated to better reflect current relations between the U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) which has become more confrontational on many fronts. We have typically remained neutral on most issues that affect these two countries over the years. Would you like to see us take a different approach? Would you be interested in pro- and con-China points of view? Why? How do you feel about how western media handles the news?

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Also, we would like to see ChinaInsight grow so would be like to hear from those that would be interested in joining us as a staff member, an investor or a board member.

Thank you to those of you that have already sent your comments. They are deeply appreciated and please accept our best wishes for your continued good health.

Please contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-723-4872 with your comments.

 

 

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CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

CHINAINSIGHT is the only English-language American newspaper to focus exclusively on connections between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Our goal is to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and business environments and to foster U.S.-China cultural and business harmony.