Год годовщин и неуверенности

АЛЬБЕРТА – Пока Китай вступает в «год Быка», у нас есть время подумать над событиями, которые произошли за прошлый год, есть о чем поразмышлять и в наступающем году. 2008 год начался с невероятно сильных снежных метелей, которые парализовали большую часть транспортной системы центрального и южного Китая, унося жизни и нанося серьезный ущерб. Затем были бунты в Тибете, которые врасплох застигли правительство, и которые сопровождались досадными протестами по пути следования Олимпийского огня в Китай в нескольких Западных и азиатских странах.

Затем китайцы стали задаваться вопросом, почему 2008 год, который должен был быть удачным в связи с наличием в нем счастливой цифры восемь, начался с такого большого количества проблем, в том числе и ужасного землетрясения, обрушившегося на область Сычуань и убившего 80 000 человек, а миллионы оставив без дома. Став более сплоченной после этой трагедии, страна приветствовала мир с долгожданными Олимпийскими играми, которые стали для нее очень успешными. Но вскоре радость была подпорчена скандалом с испорченными молочными продуктами, из-за которых большое количество младенцев оказались больными, а некоторые даже умерли.

В отличие от прошлого года, когда стремлению попасть домой на празднование лунного нового года препятствовали страшные штормы, в этом году миллионы рабочих-мигрантов уже вернулись в свои сельские дома. Многие из них там и останутся, поскольку глобальный экономический спад сильно затронул Китай, лишив их рабочих мест.

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