Friday, 2 May 2008

China's Goverment and it's people

It's important to differentiate between the chinese government and chinese people, who on the whole are much the same as everybody else save that the chinese "learn by rote" education system has made many of them ignorant and have strong opinions about things which they don't have all the "facts" about, much like americans. They are also loud and love money like americans... but on the whole once you get to know them are really nice, except the ones who think that because you are not a local that it is their duty to try to rip you off, and I'm not just talking about foreigners but also about people from other parts of china!Pollution, it's bad, really bad in China, but the chinese seem to have two main excuses for it 1, lets pollute, get rich and develop technology to fix it later, and 2, the industrialised world has been polluting for 200 years, china does it for 20 and ithe industrialised world gets all indignant while at the same time buying all the stuff that we need to pollute the air to make! I see their point. Human rights - they stink in China, but most Chinese don't know about it because the government censors the internet. They are pretty good at it, so why can't our governments do something about child pornography on the net???Anyway, simply, Chinese people mostly good but a little brainwashed into believing government propaganda, Chinese government mostly a dictatorship good at what it does, still honing it's skills...... Chinese people in Eastern cities subdued by luxury goods and the dream of fantastic wealth (more Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Swiss watches sold in east asia than the rest of world combined), Chinese people in western chinese cities subdued by poverty and propaganda.


Evan said...

The Australian government could actually do something about applying some pressure to China on human rights - instead of just selling them stuff for the highest price we can get.

I'm an Australian and their attitude to China stinks really.

Mind you if they did speak to China about human rights, they may have to do something about the treatment of the aboriginal people in our own country (which would be no bad thing)!

fishboy said...

Similar to the Americans in their love of money etc - but at least they're not as obese! Yet.

sansIcarus said...

Evan, didn't the Australian government just do something about the treatment of the Aboriginal people? And I believe the PM used his recent visit to China to bring up human rights abuses.

Also, how much pressure do you think the Australian government can actually apply to China?

Francie said...

Good post Mr Q. Had a mainland Chinese guest here last night who does business in the region and wouldn't normally stay in a hostel. I recommended a concert at Jazz Tibet Club and he raised his eyebrows at that! Funny! It's just a groovy name for Czechs and it goes back to the idealistic time of the 1990s when there was less of an understanding here about any issues with Tibet. If I'd asked him about it, instead of steering away from the subject because I thought it was delicate, it could have lead to an interesting conversation, or a fight!! Not so good for business :)