In the aftermath of the Tibetan violence, I observed on the many forums and blogs, there were broad Chinese supports – both in
Western media mentioned that the broad national backing of the Chinese government was a result of years of “brainwashing” of the people through the love of the motherland via an education high on nationalism. If it happened in the 1960 through to 1970 at the peak of the Cultural Revolution, there will be a certain element of truth in it. But we are in the 21st Century and, for almost 30 years after Deng Xiaoping launched economic reforms and opening up of
Even during the political spat between China and Japan in 2004 and 2005, the Western and Japanese press tried to use similar reasoning to explain why there were huge turnouts at protest against Japanese politicians visiting the a political sensitive shrine. It was only after the Chinese government stand to put past historical issues aside and to develop good Sino-Japan relations for the future that the criticisms and protests retreated. It is without doubt a strong sign of Chinese patriotism but the government did not need to “crack the whip” to start it.
No comprehensive blockage
Westerners claimed that the Chinese nationals may not get to see the true picture of the so-called “brutal” crackdown of the Tibetans due to the strict censorship and the control of the press by the State. This is not true and on
Western journalists tend to make sweeping judgment by saying that monitoring Internet public opinion over in China on sensitive issues like Tibet and human rights is nearly impossible, which I find it difficult to accept because I was able to locate web sites and forums where there are many Chinese nationals who were actively engaged in discussions on topics concerning China. In fact, it is from these so-called discussion forums where I could draw a general consensus surrounding the many Chinese issues. After the CNN cover-up on the events leading to the
Because of the various stages of development in
Western fixed prejudicial mentality
Many of the protesters at the Torch run in
I know that the Chinese do not elect their leaders and I am also aware that it is a one party government. It is just another political system. Why is the West so strongly against it? Communist ideology is not openly preached in
I do agree that the public relations attributes of the Chinese officials and the Foreign Ministry do require some form of re-invention to fit into the present scenario particularly the aspect concerning the reduction of the stiffness (robot-like) of its spokesperson and the harsh rhetoric in its press statement. This is just a constructive comment on my part to ensure that the Western journalists and sympathetic writers do not use this limitation to hit back
A genuine electorate with democratic institutions will only happen in
I am confident
So why not listen to them, for once.