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    Political Satire: The Old Man of the Mountain (4)

    Narrator: About half an hour later, the priest saw the middle-aged man's neighbour walking his dog near a bridge. After exchanging the usual morning greetings and bidding farewell, he continued his journey across the 200-metre-long bridge spanning a deep gorge. The bridge was made of planks chained together, just wide enough for an adult to set his feet on it. There was a wider bridge with railings about a thousand metres away. To get to the alternative bridge, however, a traveller had to walk through a forest full of wild animals. Hence, even though the first bridge was narrow and had no railings, the residents in the vicinity had no better choice but to use it. As a result, the region had produced many professional tight-rope walkers.

    The priest had no difficulty walking across the narrow bridge as he was an expert tight-rope walker. Moreover, he was skilled in Wudang kungfu. After crossing the bridge, he looked back and saw the most amazing sight in his life. The dog owner was crawling along the bridge, with one end of a leash tied around his neck while the dog behind him held the other end of the leash with its mouth. After a while, both man and dog managed to cross the bridge safely. The man untied the leash from his neck and put it back on his dog.

    Priest: What's wrong with you?

    Dog owner: After you left, my dog expressed its displeasure with me for colluding with my neighbour against its own interests by giving him my giant war drum. I explained that I had proved my love for it beyond all doubts by giving away my 2,000-year-old family heirloom. However, it was not satisfied with my explanation. Furthermore, it disagreed with the common phrase "A dog is a man's best friend". It wanted to change it to "A man is a dog's best friend". Both phrases make no difference to me because I consider a man and a dog as friends. Hence I acceded to its demand to let it walk me across the bridge as a proof of my love for it.

    Narrator: Hearing this explanation, the priest did not know whether to laugh or cry as he could feel that the mosquito inside a bottle in his pocket was buzzing restlessly for breakfast. He did not want to dance like a crazy horse in front of the man and and the dog after the mosquito fed on his blood. Hence he bid the dog owner farewell and continued his journey to the Old Man's Mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I don't get it.
    1. The following are excerpts from http://oldsite.nautilus.org/DPRKBrie...PRC_Scobel.pdf

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    Tensions reportedly emerged in the late 1990s over either unmet North Korean demands for Chinese aid or Chinese pressure on North Korea to reform. According to one account, in early 1996 Pyongyang asked for a substantial amount of grain and Beijing responded by offering only a tenth of this. Kim Jong Il was reportedly incensed and threatened to “play the Taiwan card” unless China was forthcoming on an even broader set of demands. Beijing regretted that it was unable to meet all these requests but did offer a more comprehensive package. Pyongyang apparently was mollified. According to another account, a team of Chinese agricultural experts, who visited North Korea in the spring of 1997 under the auspices of the UN Development Program, recommended that their hosts adopt Chinese style reforms without delay. Pyongyang responded by calling Deng Xiaoping a traitor to socialism. Beijing took umbrage and threatened to halt its food aid. Pyongyang responded by initiating talks with Taiwan on the subject of opening direct air links between Taipei and Pyongyang. After the Chinese dropped its threat, the North Koreans broke off talks. Significantly, but perhaps unrelatedly, Beijing also permitted Pyongyang to open a consulate in the newly acquired Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong... (End excerpts)

    2. Contrary to what many people may think, my satire has nothing to do with animal rights. It looks like a fiction that a priest has to dance to the tune of a tiny mosquito or a dog has full control over its master. However, the above article shows that truth is stranger than fiction. Although North Korea is impoverished and near bankruptcy, it has an amazingly powerful leverage over its giant neighbour. It has no qualms about blackmailing China with the Taiwan card. It won't come as a surprise that it will threaten to nuke a few Chinese cities or supply nuclear arms to Taiwan in the future to blackmail China for more economic aids. Thus we can see that China is forced to continue "feeding" its rebellious "ally" and there in no guarantee that the rogue state will one day bite the hand that "feeds" it (as in my allegory of the mosquito feeding on the priest's blood).

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