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China at 1.4 billon population is the largest and most populous nation on earth. It is one fifth of the total world population at 7 billon.
- April 2020
Some Known Facts About China...
- China is a Communist government since 1949.
- The current President of China, Xi Jinping, serves for life.
- There is only one news agency -
Xinhua News Agency or New China News Agency is the official state-run press agency of the People's Republic of China. Xinhua is the biggest and most influential media organization in China, as well as the largest news agency in the world in terms of correspondents worldwide.
- China controls the internet access within its borders, blocking Google, and Youtube and Gmail...
- Chinese government monitors activities on WeChat and other social media sites.
- China cracks down on various groups it deemed dangerous such as FaLun Gong, various religious organizations, and Muslim groups.
- China engages in industrial espionage and steals intellectual property such as patents and trade secrets.
- China subsidizes major industries such as steel and energy and technology with the purpose of beating their overseas competitors with pricing and dumping.
- China cracks down on internal dissidents such as the student freedom movement in Hong Kong.
- Until recently. China had a one child policy which forces families to abort and forced sterilization of women or suffer consequences.
- China is the leading polluter with their industries and homes that burn coal.
- China manipulates it s currency in the world market.
- China abuse human rights of minorities such as the Xinjiang re-education camps, officially called Vocational Education and Training Centers by the government of the People's Republic of China, are internment camps for over 1 million Muslims.
- China has used cyber attacks to steal many personal information on Americans working in government and in industry.
A Trailer of A Documentary on One Child Nation
We Have Something Unique...
Despite the dire conditions, especially in the current coronavirus shut down, we have something China does not have. We have an open society. We have freedom and our people are not suppressed. Our government is there to work for us, not the other way around. We the people... and our motto is "In God We Trust."
We have God and a people who is under God. Our nation was created with divine guidance.
We have the best of both worlds. We have autonomous States where we can experiment while we have a Federal government with limited powers.
We will never have a central government with a dictator telling us what to do. If that day ever comes, we have an insurance policy in the 2nd amendment.
This topic is disturbing to say the least. I am a Chinese American. I feel a connection to the people of China. I grew up in the Republic of China (Taiwan). I have traveled to Mainland China and have written a popular travel log published here on HubPages with some constructive suggestions.
Of course the problems we have with China is not solely their doing. We have participated in this. It was the US under Nixon and Kissinger that opened up China back in 1973. We benefitted from their cheap labor which allowed them to become a major player in commerce. In chasing after the cheaper manufacturing, we have sacrificed our economic strength and manufacturing expertise. We are just as much to blame for their rise to power.
China is doing what is best for their people and their nation. They have capitalized on their strength in numbers. They have exploited our weakness and are on track to surpass us as the number one economic power. At the same time, we have taken on extreme debt which are held by China. This set the stage for a major showdown.
How this will play out no one knows. I am fearful for our nation for letting this happen. After all, we were the one that made China a most favorite nation.
In the 1990s, continued "most favoured nation" status for the People's Republic of China by the United States created controversy because of its sales of sensitive military technology and China's serious and continuous persecution of human rights. China's MFN status was made permanent on December 27, 2001.
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Some Related Info
- One-child policy - Wikipedia
- China 2030 Project
A detailed plan towards world super power status by 2030.
- What’s Really Happening to Uighurs in Xinjiang? | The Nation
China may have interned more than a million Uighurs in Xinjiang in an attempt to suppress their desire for greater autonomy.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Jack Lee
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 04, 2020:
Thanks for the lesson. Quite interesting.
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on May 02, 2020:
Marie, thanks for that insight. I always make a distinction between the people of China and the government. They don't have our Constitution. The government is not the people. They are a top down regime. The people are helpless, and they have very little to resist.
I don't blame the people for going along.
The same goes with Russia by the way. During the height of the cold war, the people of Russia are fine people. Many are religious. It was the Communist regime that we were fighting against. Reagan call it the evil empire.
Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on May 02, 2020:
I can only hope that the Communist regime will end in China for the sake of her people. Personally, I'm engaged in a Violet Flame novena for the freeing of the planet, including China, of all tyranny. China is not the only country where human rights are abused.
I've never been to the country, but I had a sister-in-law, may God rest her soul, who taught English there. I met her friend whose English name was Dianna. Very nice lady. I also worked for a Chinese-American insurance broker. People are all the same; we all are beings of love, collecting and exchanging that love. Pearl S. Buck once said that the Chinese made the best of friends and the worst of enemies.
Industrialism, while it provides all kinds of interesting and useful products, is not the healthiest of lifestyles. So, in this sense, China is currently at a disadvantage.
I'll be continuing my novena through June 2nd and watching the turning of cycles.
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on May 01, 2020:
Paul, thanks for the warning. I guess at my age of 68, I am not afraid of much of anything. I am about telling it like it is. My motivation is to inform, and hopefully convince a few that change is needed to make China better.
Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 01, 2020:
Jack, I agree with all of your criticisms of the Chinese Communist government. Unfortunately, most Americans aren't aware or don't care about the government's abuses.
Yes, the government does control access to the Internet. However, my American friend who recently visited China in January of this year said that he was able to get access to Facebook in China using a VPN which he purchased in the United States.
I admire you for openly publishing all of these criticisms. Aren't you afraid that the Chinese Communist government which has probably read this article will blacklist you and not allow you to travel to China in the future?
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on April 30, 2020:
Mike, That is true. In fact, the whole idea in the beginning was to involve and engage China economically with the West so that we would become co-dependent on each other to avoid a military confrontation.
That was the Kissinger doctrine.
However, we went too far and China did not show any restraint.
We outsourced everything and did not delineate the critical items like medicine and advanced electronics...
This gave China the advantage and they are very willing to play along, until they gained the upper hand.
Readmikenow on April 30, 2020:
Jack, isn't it fair to say that China also needs the market of the United States to sell its goods and services? Without a healthy US economy, China would surly suffer.
Can any country actually punish modern China economically without punishing themselves? They are very intertwined with economies around the world.