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Submitted by C.B. Ko (China), Oct 30, 2005 at 08:45

Upon further reading, I would like to respond to the comments of Pavel A.,

Please, sir, take your own advice; read, and educate yourself. At a time when European society was no more than barbaric, my own (China) was the most highly developed, culturally, technologically and economically, and, I might add, on the basis of our own development rather than the colonization and theft of riches from other regions. The same cannot be said for the British, who, by military domination and the promotion of opium trade, appropriated the wealth of other nations to build it's rather short-lived "Empire". Not to mention the Roman, Spanish and Japanese empires, all of which paved the road to "greatness" with the blood of others, eventually meeting the fate of those that do so.

Fortunately, the American is a different story – or should I say, "so far" – hence my previous remarks.

I do not take your remarks to represent all Americans, otherwise I would join those "haters", which certainly I have no intention of doing. The USA is great "despite".

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