Thanks to my friend Ms. Sulia Chan who had reminded my interest in the title subject by sending me a whole collection of interesting books and articles recently. She is the one who has arranged a series of interviews for Ms. Charlotte Harris Rees (author of “Did Ancient Chinese Explore America”, “Secret Maps of the Ancient World”, and “The Asiatic Fathers of America - an abridged book of her father, Henry M. Harris’ 700 pages book” to appear on Dr. Wordman Show (Scrammble Game Show, both searchable on YouTube). In those interviews, we discussed Mr. Harris, a missionary, and Mrs. Rees’ work, presenting multiple categories of evidence on Chinese who had discovered America before Christopher Columbus (Cristoforo Colombo) through maps, ancient stone scriptures, artifacts found in America, giant sailboat anchors off California shore, American Sequoia tree leaf's image on old Chinese map, language, similarities of DNA of American Indians and Chinese in Henan province, etc. etc. The point is the East and West were never two separate worlds.
Currently, U.S.-China relations have been falling off a cliff not only their trade and economic relations were severely damaged but their cultural interactions also broke down. The U.S. has targeted China as a threat to its security and eagerly formulated a China Policy naming China as an enemy and polarizing the world into two hostile camps. As a citizen paying attention to international relations, this author has been arguing that the present China policy is false. It had wrong assumptions, no honest debates, and serious ignorance of the historical facts of the development of the East and the West and their mutual influence. The fear of threat from China is unfounded. When the East part of the world or Asia surpasses the West or America in economy or in technology, there is no need to fear. The East has a long history and has made strong influence on the development of the West. The author will discuss the past influence of the East on the West and argue that more influence in the future is inevitable and harmless based on historical evidence. As global citizens, we (West or East) must recognize and respect the historical facts, Human development is age-dependent, the age of an individual, the age of a society, the age of a race and the age of the developmental environment, but never the color of the skin.
Genetic Science has shown to us that the commonality of human genes is far greater than that of any differences. Historians have taught us that the human development process had far longer history in migration, physical evolution and cultural development than the modern civilization period of a few centuries including industrialization. Dr. Stephen L. Whittington of Wake Forest University, anthropologist, said, “The evidence acceptable to most archaeologists and physical anthropologists both from dental traits and mitochondrial DNA is that the origin of people in North, Central, and South America, from before the coming of Europeans in 1492, was North Asia.” Dr. Thomas Murphy, an anthropologist of Washington State University, also said: “The genetic data from every single one of those studies (dozens of researchers) is telling us the same thing - that is, the American Indians came from the north part of East Asia.“ Tests of 5500 scattered Indians in the continent of America showed 99.4% have mitochondrial DNA originating from Asia and 0.6% have either European or African mitochondrial DNA, lineage after Columbus, according to Australian molecular biologist, Dr. Simon Southerton. In immigrants-populated America, Asian immigrants came first shouldn’t be a surprise. Asian immigration to all parts of the world will be continuing and increasing in the 21st century and into the future. There is no need to fear; since it is a natural part of the human development process.
In the history of civilized human migration (humans formed societies and nations), the East (Asia) went West and attracted the West to the East. In a gross analysis, the westward movements were far more peaceful than the eastward movements that happened later. When humans developed sailing technology, again the East was far more advanced as exemplified by the famous Admiral Zheng He’s seven grand armadas (his thousands of large ships), sailing from the Middle Kingdom to Asia, Arab, Africa and beyond in the Ming Dynasty (1405 - 1433). The seven expeditions were peaceful and left their influence as cultural impact, clothing, food, language, etc. In contrast, in later times the West came to the East with colonialism which resulted in wars and division rather than harmony and unification. The colonialism lasted nearly four centuries and not only left a treacherous path of human development but also sowed the seed of human distrust. The West had developed a fear of the reprisal of the East doing what the West had done to the East. The fear of China came out of this logic: China was the victim of the West's aggression during the 19th and 20th centuries. Therefore, despite of China’s claim of its desire for a peaceful rise to bring its citizens to middle income living standards, the West/America insists that China’s rise is a threat to America and the world.
The East, especially China, has a galvanizing culture and accommodating philosophy advocating harmonious human development and peaceful unification. In the book, “The Eastern Origins of West Civilization“， the author, Dr. John M. Hobson, has shown that substantial contributions to modern European civilization were made by non-European (Asian/Chinese) people, best summed up as “the oriental contribution to the rise of the West”. Niall Ferguson (author of Empire) in his review of Hobson’s book stated that ”Hobson argues that western industrialization was based in large measure on the adoption of Arab and Chinese knowledge.“ “Many inventions which enabled Europe to dominate the world were actually diffused to Europe from Asia (usually from China) and that Asia/China remained as developed as Europe (and more) until 19th century” was a quote from Michael Mann, author of the book, Source of World Power, in his review of Hobson’s book. Today, in America, the contribution of Asian Americans especially Chinese Americans are so obviously significant in many domains, physical sciences, technologies, engineering, architecture, computer and biomolecular chemistry, it is absurd to have any anti-Chinese policy such as ‘China initiative’ and any anti-China foreign policy such as AUKUS or Quad. The fear of China is ill-grounded as illustrated by historical evidence discussed above, any sanction policy will not be fruitful as proven by China’s successful space exploration program.
The future of human development is hinged on cooperation among all humans. Any divisive activities will be harmful and counter-productive. The world leaders and all global citizens should understand this simple truth.