Let us look of some aspects in the changing into The Year Of The Tiger.
What to expect in the Year of the Tiger?
Astrologers say the tiger denotes strength, vitality and growth — qualities that will hopefully stand us in good stead as we look to move past the uncertainty that COVID-19 has wrought.
For those who celebrate Lunar New Year, which officially begins on the first day of February, the occasion could mark a pivot toward refreshingly good change.
The holiday, which is observed by primarily East Asian countries and Vietnam, in addition to their diasporas, ushers in the Year of the Tiger.
“The animal, one of a dozen in the Chinese zodiac, is considered a positive sign, often associated with the defeat of evil”, Jonathan H.X. Lee, a professor at San Francisco State University whose research focuses on Asian and Asian American religions and folklore, told NBC Asian America.
While the world has experienced several difficult years in the pandemic, Lee said Chinese mythology dictates that the Year of the Tiger could offer hope amid the challenges.
In 2022, China will enter a politically charged high season in preparation for a cabinet reshuffle at the 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress as President Xi Jinping enters his self-appointed third term.
At the same time, tensions between the United States and China are likely to move from bad to worse amid rising temperatures across the Taiwan Strait, while Beijing will be pushing its much debated ‘Common Prosperity Initiative’ to regain momentum in its domestic economy.
And, of course, the Winter Olympic Games will be kicking off.
The past two years have brought more tigers than usual to our screens, with the rise to fame of Netflix documentary “Tiger King” and its subsequent spinoffs, and 2022 is set to bring the big cat front and center once again.
Early February will see the Year of the Ox draw to a close and the Year of the Tiger begin. The slow, gentle and hardworking nature of the ox, which manifested the mood of 2021, will be replaced by the speed, strength and power of the tiger in 2022.
People of the Tiger zodiac sign have qualities such as courage and leadership, they don’t stop until they achieve their goals no matter what, and they like things their own way, although these same traits lead them to be impulsive, rebellious and short-tempered, which can even affect those around them.
By 2022, expect “tempers to flare, drama and excitement to reign, and crazy dreams can become reality,” Levitt told Reader’s Digest.
This will apply whether it’s for love or friendships, work, business, politics or social issues, but in the year of the Tiger there is no middle ground, so you can expect to be very lucky or go through extremely difficult periods.
What to expect from the year of the Water Tiger in 2022?
There are five elements of the Chinese zodiac: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, but Water is the element that is most connected with emotions, although it also has one of the greatest forces of nature, which is unpredictable.
“It’s the strongest element-even stronger than fire-because it can go around any obstacle in its path and not lose its essential nature,” said Levitt.
“For some people, that’s (water) liberating and they should take the risk. You always wanted to be a chef? Learn to cook this year. You always wanted to be a writer? Take that writing class,” she added.
The water tiger — the animal being ushered in with this Lunar New Year — is less aggressive and more open-minded than the typical tiger, according to Chinese astrology.
The tiger is a ferocious animal and is referred to as baishou zhi wang 百獸之王 or ‘the king of one hundred beasts’. It’s believed that the person who was born in the Year of Tiger tend to brave, strong-willed (or stubborn), pioneering, outspoken, playful, enthusiastic, impulsive, impatient and fearless with a strong sense of justice.
Danish-Chinese Business Forum and Danske Bank experts seek to look into the crystal ball as to what 2022 may hold in store.
The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee earlier this month concluded the 6th Plenum making it official that China has entered a new era “the Xi Jinping era” heralding profound changes in China’s approach to economy, politics, and foreign affairs.
How will this paradigm shift in policies play out in the Year of the Tiger and what are implications for foreign businesses in China? 2022 promises to be another milestone year including the 20th Party Congress and election of a new Politburo next autumn.
This New Year’s event seeks to provide important insights to People in turn helping them navigate the changing Chinese business environment and optimize business result
The Year of the Tiger occurs every 12 years. Previous Years of the Tiger include: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938.
It is believed that those born in the Year of the Tiger should avoid marrying someone born in the year of Snake or Monkey. They will make a good match with people who were born in the years of Pig, Horse and Dog.
Let’s look at Xi Jinping’s Year of the Tiger
The stage-managed Olympics can’t conceal economic worries. But over the weekend both official and private data suggested manufacturing and services activity are slowing.
The Caixin survey of manufacturing managers pointed to an outright contraction. The slump in home sales shows no signs of reversing as turmoil in real estate continues. The International Monetary Fund last week cut its estimate for China’s 2022 economic growth to 4.8% from 5.7%.
The Omicron variant has brought mass lockdowns and disrupted manufacturing and travel during the normally busy new year period. Rolling lockdowns create economy-stifling uncertainty, while the virus starts to circulate widely anyway. It’s fortunate for the Chinese people that Omicron appears to be mild, although that might be tested in a population that has received less effective Chinese vaccines and has less prior virus exposure.
Omicron also will deny Beijing the global image boost it hoped to derive from the Olympics. The stands will be largely empty, auguring poor tourism revenue, and some athletes may not be able to participate if they test positive. Western Covid hawks who hailed Beijing’s zero-Covid policies should now admit it has failed.
Mr. Xi is consolidating his political power by tamping down on China’s vibrant private economy and redoubling Beijing’s favoritism for large state-owned companies. This includes crackdowns on overseas share listings, a data-privacy campaign targeting private tech companies, and beefed-up antitrust laws aimed at big firms.
This will have economic consequences for years to come.
Growth in productivity has slowed, to an average of 0.7% per year over the past decade from 3.5% a year in the early 2000s. The IMF notes that state-owned enterprises are about 20% less productive than private companies, and Mr. Xi is pouring more resources into these less productive firms.
Mr. Xi’s economic changes have been accompanied by political crackdowns in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, aggressive muzzling of dissent ahead of the Olympics, and rising nationalism on matters such as Taiwan. His political and economic controls may be enough to win an extension of his presidential term beyond the usual 10 years later this year.
But despite the appearance of political stability at the top, China’s Year of the Tiger could be bumpy for Mr. Xi.
“The U.S. and China may be able to start some long overdue official level discussion to mitigate the emerging strategic arms race with some form of bilateral strategic stability dialogue, but the Taiwan Strait will continue to be the most dangerous flashpoint that could pull them toward military confrontation.” (TONG ZHAO, senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing)
“The greatest danger is a perfect geo-political storm in which Beijing ramps up its aggression against Taiwan at the same time as Russia does the same against Ukraine. The most hopeful scenario for us is that President JOE BIDEN is able to make good on the ambitions of his recent Summit for Democracy bringing together a large coalition of nations with the collective economic, diplomatic and military muscle to push back hard against aggression from Beijing.” (ROBIN SHEPHERD, vice president, Halifax International Security Forum).
“Since the Trump administration, we’ve seen the worldviews of Chinese and American diplomats in Africa grow alarmingly polarized. This us-or-them logic and both sides’ seeming willingness to use disinformation are warping important African conversations around infrastructure and other development issues. Diplomatic pressure on African governments to choose sides without considering African priorities is likely to backfire omnidirectionally, damaging everyone involved.” (COBUS VAN STADEN, senior analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs and co-host of the China in Africa Podcast.)
“Xi Jinping has made clear his intent to promote “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” at the expense of Western liberalism, so we are in a zero-sum competition. While Xi may avoid confrontation during the Olympics and the 20th Party Congress, he will maintain his offensive aims and persist in trying to achieve them for the foreseeable future.
The good news is that Americans are both increasingly aware of this set of challenges and moving to protect themselves. Representatives from major U.S. institutions in finance, tech, law and academia have all told me they are worried and working to limit their [China] exposure.” (JACQUELINE DEAL, senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and president of LTSG, a defense consultancy.)
The contribution of China’s state news agency Xinhua’s YouTube channel, New China TV, to state media criticism of Biden’s Summit for Democracy included a three-minute video titled “American Democracy? Or Ameri-cracy?!” It features a live-action top-hatted, bow-tied emcee engaging with four animated animals that represent Iraq (a goat), Vietnam (a water buffalo), Afghanistan (a snow leopard) and Egypt (a camel). Together they lament what they describe as U.S. interventions, military or otherwise, that harmed those countries under a veneer of pro-democracy efforts. The show ends with the quintet singing a song with lines including “Use democracy as a cloak, Ameri-cracy rules the world; if any country said ‘no’ you would bash it as your foe.”
But it seems that the Chinese Tiger and the Russian Bear is together again – Beijing has openly picked side in Ukraine as the Ukraine conflict soars, Chinese social media users say it’s time to liberate Taiwan too in a similar way.
The two Leaders Putin and Xi Jinping have agreed a cooperation against all the western democraties.
The global media attention is currently fixated on Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s border. But unlike Europe’s past military conflicts, for the first time, China is playing its part out in the open.
The military escalation in Ukraine has brought the old Sino-Soviet alliance – and its eventual split – into attention. Once, the alliance between the “Chinese Tiger and Russian Bear” was considered a bulwark against the US and its European allies during the Cold War. Mao Zedong’s frustration with Joseph Stalin’s heavy handed-style – and other reasons – eventually led to military conflict near Zhenbao Island on the Ussuri River in 1969.
These days are long awai from the todays scenarios. The Olympic and the Ukraine conflict.
The Chinese State media’s initial response to Russia’s military buildup at the border was to call it a “military exercise” and blame the US for waging “public opinion war”. But the interest of the Chinese public in the developments in Ukraine has grown over the past weeks.
The hashtag “Ukraine Russia” became a major trend on 28 January, and has been viewed over 160 million times so far. “Russia-Ukraine crisis: threat or bluffing?” was the eighth search trend on Baidu. Videos of Russian military equipment being transported to the Ukraine border caught the attention of Chinese social media users.
“If Russia, Europe and the US break out in a full-scale war in Ukraine, and the two sides cannot retreat from each other, this should be the best time to liberate Taiwan. At most, ten days will be enough. This is a good time,” said another Weibo user.
In December 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to accelerate setting up a financial system that can’t be influenced by “third parties”. As the US and other countries threaten to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, the elites in Russia have already reduced their dependence on the US-led financial system – turning to China for access.
Putin’s brinkmanship at the Ukraine border isn’t just because of his risk-taking capacity but also the result of Russia’s increasing economic reliance on China.
Russia-China bilateral trade has beaten previous records in 2021. China’s trade with Russia rose 35.8 per cent year-on-year to $146.87 billion in 2021, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. In 2021, Russia is China’s biggest source of energy imports, accounting for the largest share of electricity imports, the second-largest source for crude oil imports and coal imports.
Since 2014, the Chinese foreign ministry has encouraged Russia and Ukraine to follow the Minsk-II agreement. The Minsk agreement resulted from mediation by Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande and brought to a halt the Donbas region conflict in September 2014.
China foreign minister Wang Yi has reiterated the support for the Minsk agreement in his recent statements.
Wang Yi stood with Russia during his recent call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Wang Yi has said that China supports Russia’s “reasonable security concerns”.
“There is no ceiling on the development of our relationship, no limit,” Zhao Mingwen, former Chinese diplomat and leading Russia expert, told Financial Times.
China currently supports Russia’s military buildup close to Ukraine because it believes that NATO’s expansion close to the Russian border is similar to its concern in the South China Sea. Beijing feels a camaraderie with Moscow because of similarities in the external security situation it faces vis-à-vis Korea and Japan deployment of US forces.
The US has sent a message to Beijing to check for any potential adventurism in the Taiwan Strait as tensions in Ukraine escalate.
On 15 January, the nuclear ballistic missile-capable Ohio class USS Nevada made a rare visit to Guam. “The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine’s visit demonstrates our nuclear triad’s capability and flexibility, reinforcing America’s commitment to regional security and stability,” said the official Twitter account of the US Pacific Submarine Command.
So with these conflicts, the excalation of Corona and coolation between Rusia and China the last week, the Year Of The Tiger seems to be at the highest danger for a World in peace and harmony.
China’s reaction to the crisis in the coming weeks and the kind of assistance it extends to Russia will test their partnership. The world will learn if Kremlin and Zhongnanhai have overcome their troubled past from years of the Sino-Soviet split.
It can explode in a Third World War, or find a solution ……. The Tiger is out for hunting