React to disasters: what option you have?
It’s only two:
1. Adapting to the new situation;
2. Refusing to change.
While adapting takes a considerably stronger effort, it does not always improve things immediately. But, generally, it is the best course of action. Not reacting to disasters means that you do not believe you can make things better. If you’ll get through the disaster or not will be basically be up to chance.
In the approach to a natural disaster, many feel so defeated by the destruction left by nature that they lose any hope to rebuild.
That could be fine, if the government aid would always came quickly and efficiently.
But what if it doesn’t? And what if the disaster is artificial?
You either let yourself fall even deeper into despair, or you revolt.
It is much easier to rebel when you have nothing to lose.
Chinese governments, since practically forever, have always focused on taking care of both natural and artificial disasters. They tried to prevent them and handled them as soon as they came out.
Those who did not would deeply regret it.
The low reliability of the government in such situations often would trigger a series of massive rebellions.
So it has been for the entire history of China, and today is no different.
While aiding recovery after disasters has always been an important point to follow for local governments, people’s own rebuilding effort was what really made the difference. And it still does.
Even in 2020 some areas in China will experience floods, earthquakes and the consequences of international conflicts. Of course, the extent of the natural disasters and their frequency is far smaller than in the past. Some, such as droughts and famines, are fully overcome.
Still, China, and most importantly, Chinese people, need to properly react to disasters.
React to disasters is the kind of ability that nobody hopes to have to ever use.
But it is extremely useful when applied to the turning tides of business.
That is probably the cause that made some Chinese people like President Trump so much.
Although his intentions are not positive to China, these Chinese believe that the fight is hurting more US than China. They are sure they will eventually figure out how to overcome the hardships of the political conflict. They know they can resist to hardships and react to disasters.
In a certain sense they even support his political campaigns. Both during the first and the second run of Trump for POTUS, some Chinese businesses prepared his merchandising and marketing material.
From a Chinese perspective, products with slogans such as “Make America great again” or the more recent “Boycott China”, could be made by anyone in the world. If it is a Chinese who sells the product, though, at least Chinese can get back some of the money lost due to the anti-China sentiment.
Since this anti-China sentiment hurts both sides, the fact that Chinese can at least recover this tiny bit ensures that it won’t go to its competitors in Asia. This will avoid that they get closer. Combined with the traditional approach of China in reacting to disasters, Chinese are sure they will overcome this strife. Not necessarily as the undisputed winners, but as undefeated survivors at least.
The COVID-19, the trade war and the anti-China sentiment are all slowing down China’s rise to the position of first economic power worldwide. Knowing Chinese people’s resilience, though, these things won’t halt it. Chinese government’s Liuwen, Liubao plan already show that the reaction is solid and quick.
Chinese are so able to fight adversity that even in their language, to write the word crisis, you have to write the word opportunity inside it.
Anybody who wants to derail China from its path to success will need to learn from their resilience first.
It only makes sense for Chinese businessmen to have the same approach to disasters than their government. Of course, not all Chinese react to disasters well, but on average they are flexible enough.
Their flexibility is also what brings them to adapt to different customer demands and re-invest a lot of their revenue. Money makes money.
If somebody has a good idea but lacks resources, it is not uncommon for them to ask. Many businesses are built on family loans and relationships. If you believe in your project enough to convince a customer, you can also convince somebody to invest on you.
In Chinese business, it is not the stronger, or the most clever, who reacts to disasters well.
It is not who is more hardworking or lucky.
It is the most flexible one.