The China-U.S. Intellectual Connection

This story is going viral Shenzhen Tech Girl Naomi Wu: My experience with Sarah Jeong, Jason Koebler, and Vice Magazine

Despite the anti-China rhetoric during Trump’s campaign and the tariffs, China and America, economically and culturally, are closer than ever. What happens in China regularly makes news in America, and vice-versa. The ‘Chinese experience’ is an American one, and vice-versa. Stories about China and Chinese people often go viral via the memetic process described earlier, owing to shared narratives between high-IQ Chinese, and the high-IQ Americans who share the content, which you don’t see with other countries. That’s why articles such as the example above but also a 2017 article The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective, always go viral, but articles about German or British perspectives of Americans seldom do. The high-IQ ‘influencers’ (the high-IQ right and left) care a lot about what the Chinese think. No such connection exists between Germany and America or Britain and America, even though culturally they are much more similar to America. I suspect that Western Europe is perceived as intellectually stunted, too hostile to capitalism, too old-fashioned. Although China’s government, obviously, is more authoritarian than that of America and Europe, high-IQ Chinese are perceived as resisting such authority, whereas Germans and Britons are perceived as being too bureaucratic and apologetic for authoritarianism. Unlike South-East Asia, Western Europe is more hostile to intellectualism and is more socialist, whereas America–with its free market system and prestigious universities–is a magnet for capitalism and intellectualism. America and China have a vibrant ‘tech scene’, have a lot of tech entrepreneurship (Alibaba in the case of China; Google and Facebook for America) and produce volumes of advanced math and physics research through universities, but Britain and Germany have no such tech culture, no ‘math culture’, and only a single notable intellectual that is still alive, Richard Dawkins ( I would also include Stephen Hawking, but he recently died), and maybe Roger Penrose is a second example. The same for Canada, too. It’s hard to explain. China is extremely successful economically and is possibly the ‘successor’ to the United States, so their opinion of America and Americans matters a lot, or at least more so than any other country. But not only an intellectual connection, but a economic one too, being that China is a major consumer of US goods (such as movies and luxury goods), but also treasury bonds and real estate.