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This post was edited by pnp at 2016-1-16 13:12|
It's great that China is seeking expats' proposals for the next Five-Year Plan, so without hesitation here is my proposal.
China's stature in the international community has improved markedly over the last decade or so, but unfortunately only in the economic sense. Its galloping economy has improved the lives of millions of its citizens and benefited other nations too. However Chinese peoples' social behavior and their attitude towards their nation's laws and regulations have not kept pace with its economic development. The Chinese people have become rich before they have become civilized in their social behavior!
Expats who have been in China even for a short while would not have failed to notice the anti-social behavior of the vast majority of Chinese in their daily life, such as littering, spitting, training their kids to urinate and defecate on walkways and pavements, etc! Their disregard for their nation's laws and regulations is legendary; motorists and pedestrians break traffic laws, food manufacturers break food safety laws, homeowners and builders break building laws, smokers ignore the ban on smoking in public, etc etc and all too often with impunity!
I propose that the Government focus more on developing it's peoples' social behavior and respect for law in its next Five-Year Plan instead of focusing solely on economic development. Local officials must be held responsible and accountable for strictly enforcing the laws in areas under their watch! The Blacklisting of Chinese tourists for bad behavior is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done, especially in enforcement, to eradicate such anti-social behavior that is tarnishing the image of China both at home and abroad. Good social behavior and respect for law must be second nature to the Chinese; they should not behave well only in the presence of the police! They must behave in an manner befitting a people with a 5000-year old civilization!
The Government must take its fight against anti-social behavior and disrespect for laws an regulations with the same seriousness and tenacity as it does with its drive against corruption. The aim must be to make it too costly to offend, afraid to offend, and too shameful to offend!
China can ill-afford to be labeled a nation with a First World economy but a Third World mentality, and the sooner something is done about it the better!