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huaqiao Post time: 2019-3-23 17:00
The Chinese government is pursuing a practical and careful approach to human rights. That does n ...
That does not mean the government is desperate--just that the methodology is different
It is China's reaction to foreign criticism, that shows desperation. Like in this case in response to human rights issues bringing up topics that are irrelevant to human rights, and stating that USA fails in human rights because it has these flaws.
Correct analysis would be that of looking at USA and noticing their flaws with crime etc, and concluding that China does not need or want human rights. It wants peace and stability through police state that prevents such crime.
If Chinese want that, fine, but it's a mistake to interpret that what you then have is human rights.
It shows desperation that China cannot accept this for what it is.
Having peace and stability should be no brainer if human rights are left out of the equation. Western failures largely arise from choosing to not leave that part out. They aim higher.
Many developing countries and societies that copy the western model are still languishing in poverty and still unable to progress economically. What is the point of having all the rights and yet die of hunger?
Since you brought up famine as a matter related to human rights, by many estimations (including Chinese) in the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-60, 30% of the human casualties were caused by natural disaster and 70% by bad government policies and management.
This is still part of the Chinese model that is looked at in both west and in developing countries. China has changed a lot after 80s, so that may not always be fair.
But if China didn't have to bury these and more recent mistakes by censorship and human right violations, much of the current reasons for China to violate so-called human rights would not exist. It has been a snowball effect really. Fixing one mistake with another.
This is also well recognized abroad. China has to implement tight state control, because it has not made peace with the past same way most other countries have, or are trying to.
Many developing countries are torn with civil-war and ethnic tensions, and if they look at China for a model, they will look on both sides of Taiwan strait. Almost 70 years on, and still unfinished business. Great model there.