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Oh brother yet again!
Why is the west so fond of criticizing China? What aspects are the west constantly attacking? To answer these questions let me break it down for all readers.|
1. Politics (China has no democracy)
If the CCP in China were to succeed in leading China into the world's de facto economic superpower, this will lead to a political paradigm shift across the globe. Many countries will then learn from the Chinese style of government and dump their current pan-European style democracy. This is seen as the greatest threat to Europe and America because their political foundation could be challenged.
What can I say. Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi, Iraq, Afghan, and more are starting democracy. Who is starting Communism? No one.
2. Enviornment (China has the 18 of the world's 20 most polluted cities)
Europe was home to all of the world's most polluted cities in the 18th and 19th century because that's where the industrial revolution started. America is now the world's number one consumer of energy and dumps more CO2 to the atmosphere than any other country. Lets not forget that Europe also colonized much of the world for the industrial processing of much of their resources, thereby polluting a huge part of the world without being accounted for. Enviornmentalists, which are predominantly white Europeans or North Americans, criticize China for exacerbating the climate change and ozone depletion when in fact the west has been doing it for centuries and at a much bigger accumulated scale. Politicians use this stat to criticize China because it serves their personal interests.
The entire world has to be concerned with global warming. The US is not doing enough. As far as I know China is ignoring the issue completely.
3. Income Disparity (wealth gap is widening)
This issue is continuously brought up in western media, once again, to serve the interest of certain groups of people. Airbus and many iron companies, for example, may lobby some politicians, who would then commission an academic research or media coverage about China's demographic and geographic distribution of wealth. They want China to disperse investments inward and to the west because more railroads will have to be built and more airplanes will have to be bought. Lets not forget that Europe and America both have their problems (France and Germany's unemployment rates are at the highest level since WW2, America's income disparity is also among the all time high). Why should China's internal problems be a concern for the west when they have such high unemployment rates in the first place? From currency peg to intellectual property, from wealth distribution to freedom of information, all these things that the western world is criticizing China for derive from a common motive: corporate profits.
The west only wants a level trading field with China. Currently China undervalues it's currency making imports expensive and making your exports cheaper by as much as one third. China needs to let their currency float on the world markets like all other great nations allow. It is really a requirement for a nation to lead. Their currency must float.
4. Energy consumption (consuming natural resources at an alarming rate)
Again, this is something the white European/Americans and Japanese have been doing for centuries. Not only did they consume their own they also colonized foreign lands and massacred millions of people for valuable resources in North America, India, IndoChina, Africa, and of course, also China. So why is it such a big deal when it's China's turn to capitalize on the mother Earth's gifts? On the surface, it may seem as if the west is only doing so to look down on China (calling it the world's factory, therefore demanding more resources). However, what's really happening beneath the surface is that the west, especially America and its dog Japan, are already being challenged by China's strong foothold in the oil productions in Africa and central Asia, the metal productions in Brazil, and the soya imports from Argentina, etc...
I have no problem with your energy consumption. Who has a problem with your energy consumption? As far as I know you have no environmental policy. That needs to be changed. I think that you will find an environmental policy is less expensive in the short and long terms.
5. to be continued...
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