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So people are allowed to demonstrate against the Chinese government and all its policies?
No, what did you expect, a democracy? But then again, are most people willing to pay the price for demonstrating against the Chinese government? No to that also (and I'm not talking about police crackdowns and re-education camps here mind you.)
Now what would be the price for such an "essential" ability of life as some would like to call it to be available within the next decade?
Frankly, the complete collapse of the Chinese economy and a decades-long recession. Russia is a perfect example of this fate. Gorbachev attempted a rapid conversion of Russia from complete communism to capitalism within a span of 5 years, and look at the results. A economy that had contracted by 50% from 1990 to 1995, and a privatization process that transferred much of the profitable sectors into the hands of the Russian mafia. Note also the actions of President Boris Yeltsin, who followed American and European advice to the letter to solve the problem - and ended up being forced to resign after 8 years of economic and political failure - the man had to BOMB the Russian parliament in order to go forward with his reforms.
Are there human rights issues both in Tibet and other parts of China? Yes, plain and simple. Do most Chinese care abut such issues? Hell no. Are democracy activists being jailed illegally? Yes. Are they considered to be important by the average Chinese? No. This results from a cultural issue. Western culture highly emphasize the importance of the individual, protest and self-determination is a sacred right according to Western traditions. Chinese culture is more concerned with stability. A lot of democracy activists have been saying that China would be enjoying much more prosperity under a democracy. Yes, it will, but after about 20 years of civil war, economic recessions, and general hell on earth. The issues mentioned above sound great philosophically, but when implemented immediately will tear apart the stability that China now enjoys. It basically boils down to a value issue - are human rights issues more important than economic stability? Some will say that both are important and we can choose both, but as I have stated above, IMO, not in the case of China.