In Berlin-Brussels and in Beijing they are learning, the hard way, a bit of old Scottish wisdom written by 'Rabbie' Burns who was upset by the sight of ruined mouse nest he had inadvertently ploughed through:
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren't alone]
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.
But alas, somehow, don't tell me how, I don't think the likes of 'Junker the Drunker' or Pres. Xi Jingpin will be well versed in Burns' poetry, any more than all the other lunatics in history who have been swept away with delusions of grandeur for some man-made scheme 'guaranteed' to bring ever-lasting happiness.
The Chinese bureaucracy, like their European equivalents, simply cannot understand the limits of Man's knowledge. Thus, the Chinese, in attempting to move away from total control in order to grasp the tempting fruit of capitalism fail to realise that the fruits concerned develop in the fertile fields of liberty backed by an independent judiciary. The Eurocrats, by contrast, already gifted with liberty by the blood and treasure of two of the most democratic nations on the planet, have cast the gift away in pursuit of a chimera in which liberty must be sacrificed to the construction of an entirely new political and economic model.
Today, we can see the cracks and fissures in these 'constructs' and it is only a matter of time before collapse. "There will be blood", there always is because some how, for some reason, we never learn.