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New Year Wishes for Peace In 2024 – Joel Wong

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Educated in Asia and America,
I acquired cultures from both lands.
The west preaches individualism,
The east, the balance of yin-yang.

Our cultures would make a perfect union, 
Had the US and China appreciate each other.
Instead they fight like dogs and cats,
Spiraling down the Thucydides Trap.

The world is despondent like children,
US and China, the quarrelsome parents.
Both sides should try cooperation, 
Instead of contesting to the bitter end.

Many scholars are shouting,
Unwanted consequences are mounting,
Mindless confrontations making no sense,
Let’s hope in 2024 it will all end!

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