“This moved me”

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.

Amen.

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2 responses to ““This moved me”

  1. This Moves Me.
    China’s “one child only” policy has decimated their future labor force. In the last thirty years China has reduced its fertility by 75% and has “prevented” 400,000,000 live births with gender based abortions and forced sterilizations. This clever move has destroyed the traditional Chinese family (their social security) and created an odd and dangerous population of about 30,000,000 men who cannot marry because there are not enough women. This is the biggest demographic blunder in the history of the world. China will eventually not have enough producers/taxpayers to feed their half a billion elderly. Wonder what they will do about that problem?

  2. I don’t know, it’s going to take a lot of doing to overcome the problems unleashed by One Child. I can even understand, on some level, why there might be some reason for something like it. Imagine China as it is now, but with an additional 400,000,000 people, as you said. There probably would have been a natural decline in birth rates even without One Child, but you can see why the numbers alone could have caused very real problems.

    But yeah, the cost is real and growing. I’ve spoken to a lot of university students who are terrified by the prospect of having to provide for far more aging relatives than the previous generations have been asked to, proportionally speaking. Especially if the future Chinese economy isn’t one in which money is just exploding out of every corner of the country, this will be an enormous challenge.

    About the ‘bare branches,’ I keep hearing about more and more Chinese men finding wives in southeast Asia or western Africa. I’m sure it isn’t anywhere near enough to close the gender gap, but the outraged reaction from Chinese racial purists should be enough to keep me chuckling over the upcoming years. And for a more cynical answer: hey, if millions of Chinese men willing to join the army or an even more militarized PAP in the future cancels out growing instability, maybe Beijing can kill two birds with one horrific stone!

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