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I second that. Western papers are normally very short-sighted about China, have a narrow and typically Western perspective, and the journalists are very often not educated about China. It is easy bashing a few of the common phenomena which are controversial, but putting it into context is much harder, and is seldom done in the West. I would say most Westerners are misinformed about China. I know I was when I came here.|
The government is not a monster. The government is made up mostly of good, smart and able people with the best intentions for their fellow countrymen. There is an obvious sincerity in most of the things done. And although some of the measures taken seem illogical to a Westerner, it is the way it is done in China (for instance regarding everything about issues on "tudi", land).
The Western view on the government is a principal one, and it is based on history, experience and reality. We know for a fact that a government as an entity can become monstrous indeed, even if it consists of the best of the best of people. The Chinese usually say that Laorenjia (Chairman M.) was 70% good and 30% bad, but at the times he was bad there was no way out of the misery. In the West, this would have been corrected sooner.
China is sky-rocketing to the top of the world, and most things are great indeed, but there will be a day when the growth ends, when people are getting poorer rather than richer, a time of cesession or standstill. This happens everywhere. What will China do then? When that day comes, the principles of the West and those of the East will have to meet face to face. Then the Chinese government and the people face the question: Where do we go from here? How can we improve our nation further? Should we go forward or backward?
When that time comes, China will have to make the choice, I believe. The choice between being a monster or taking some very tough consequences.