From Laowai Times, a post I couldn’t agree with more. After quoting a news story about the sudden rush of Chinese citizens giving blood after the train crash, he says:
Although I have often been shaking my virtual fist at the government and the CCP in this blog, I hope it’s clear that this is from the position of someone who dearly likes China and Chinese people. I have so often been struck by the kindness and generosity of the Chinese, their friendliness and courtesy, their desire to improve themselves, their prospects and their nation. And so reading about how a call for blood donors “quickly clogged local hospitals” absolutely fitted in with my understanding of China. You can easily picture it, the hospital thronging with men in white short-sleeved shirts, young women in funky tshirts and shorts accompanying their conservatively-dressed mothers, young men anxiously tapping the screens of their smart phones to keep updated, doctors trying to corral this flood, weary nurses in fading uniforms and old-style caps handling it as best they can.
I’m sure you can remember similar efforts after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and other disasters. It is a crying shame that the goodnaturedness of ordinary people is so consistently abused, their faith in government institutions so consistently taken advantage of.
As a corollary of this, of course, the innate desire of the CCP to maintain unrivalled power, blocks, hinders and stymies almost every aspect of Chinese life. Bank loans are made inefficiently, on the basis of political say-so and contacts rather than prudent risk assessment. Information is tightly controlled, ostensibly to maintain “social order” but in reality at the convenience of the government. Infrastructure projects, the face of rising China, are riddled with unchallengeable official corruption. The courts are subject to the whims of the CCP, and political pressure, contrary to the rule of law and the interests of justice. The hukou system is grotesque. The one-child policy is an abomination.
In all of these, maintenance of CCP control and power actively hinders the best interests of the Chinese nation and people. And as official lies come more clearly into focus via increased access to information, this becomes ever clearer.