Don’t only point the finger at China

Yes, we have many problems here in China. But as I mentioned in my book, we should not always point the finger at China. See here what still happens in the biggest democracy in the world:
“Just two months before full implementation of a landmark 2010 law mandating that all Indian children between the ages of six and 14 be in school, some 28 million are working instead, according to Unicef. Child workers can be found everywhere – in shops, kitchens, farms, factories and construction sites. The Indian Parliament may soon consider yet another law to ban child labour, but even activists say that more laws, while welcome, may do little to solve one of India’s most intractable problems.”
Read the full story:
Child labour in India rife despite tough laws
Indian authorities fail to crack down on bosses despite a ban on youngsters working down pits
27 February, 2013 – SCMP
The New York Times in Khliehriat

U.S. politicians, supposed to lead the country

When one reads the following: Representative Paul C. Broun of Georgia, a former physician (whatever THAT means) said “Evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are lies straight from the pit of hell”, what can one expect from U.S. politicians?
We are in the 21st century, I thought. He joins a list of complete morons who say horrors like that. Well, some people elected them, so, they got what they wanted.
Fortunately, some others are more civilized.
I guess Broun does not believe men stepped on the moon too.
The Chinese government may at times be very annoying but some U.S. politicians suddenly make us feel good to be in China.

He surely reminds me of some other extremists. Dangerous people.

Women: comparing India versus China

Western media often tell stories of the sufferings of women in China, as the result of the one-child policy: forced abortions, sterilizations, bullying by local authorities. When talking with people in the U.S. or in Europe I also get the question (or call it rather, criticism) of the poor Chinese who can only have one child. Unfortunately the sad stories are mostly based on facts and some extreme cases even pop up in the Chinese media.
But that really pales in comparison with the totally barbarian ways women are treated in India. A good example of the media loving to hit at China and ignore the rest of the world. But with the recent ugly stories of gang rapes in the largest democracy in the world, India now comes out pretty bad. Many men seem to be simply animals and the police even worse – even the Chinese police suddenly looks like a friendly bunch of guys. As for the Indian rapists: cut it off down there and then hang them.
According to Indian sources, 25.000 to 100,000 women a year are killed over dowry disputes. As many as 100,000 women are burned to death each year, say other sources and another 125,000 die from violent injuries. Girls, from the time they are born, often suffer neglect as boys are favored, in breast feeding, in food, health care, education. About 130,000 fatalities a year among women in childbirth each year. Girls raped normally never go to the police as they would be promptly raped again by them. Now, I think Chinese girls are very, very lucky to live in China and not in India – or worse – in some Muslim country.
Americans have also little to be proud of. Gang rapes are not exclusive to India as the Steubenville high school football players proved. Not even to talk about that dysfunctional Congress that failed to renew the Violence Against Women Act as well as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. For sure they will come up with their usual lame excuses.
In other words, women still need their rights to be respected and people should not always bore me with their questions regarding the one-child policy. Clean up your own backyard first.
More details on this:
Nicholas B. Kristof:
Gardiner Harris:

The other side talks

Got this from a friend, interesting. I do not totally agree but at least I give “the other side” the possibility to voice its opinion. Too bad that in China “a different voice” is not tolerated. Foreigners better read this to understand how the average Chinese thinks about its country.
A Poem by D.L. Lin (USA), dated April 2008.
Published by the Washington Post
When we were the Sick Man of Asia , We were called The Yellow Peril.
When we are billed to be the next Superpower, we are called The Threat.
When we closed our doors, you smuggled opium to open markets.
When we embrace Free Trade, You blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart, You marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, F.r.e.e T.i.b.e.t you screamed, It Was an Invasion!
When we tried Communism, you hated us for being Communist.
When we embrace Capitalism, you hate us for being Capitalist.
When we have a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries, you call us Polluters.
When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
But when you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos and rampage, you demanded rules of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it violating human rights.
When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.
When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed-xenophobics.
Why do you hate us so much, we asked.
No, you answered, we don’t hate you.
We don’t hate you either,
But, do you understand us?
Of course we do, you said,
We have AFP, CNN and BBC’s…
What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer…
Because you only get so many chances.
Enough is Enough, Enough Hypocrisy for This One World.
We want One World, One Dream, and Peace on Earth.
This Big Blue Earth is Big Enough for all of us.
The following is said to be from Duo-Liang Lin, Ph. D.
Professor Emeritus of Physics, University at Buffalo – State University of New York
When Japan was economically successful, it was Japan bashing. Now its China bashing when China is getting a bit successful. If you haven’t heard of China bashing before, the above poem pretty much summarized it. In the following paragraphs, I’ll try to clarify some of the facts and mindsets about China, hoping they can help some people to understand. The West (US & formerly Europe & Britain) practice hegemony and don’t seem to care what the third world feel at all. Third world countries have a right to grow, be strong and be successful too!
Inspite of the last 30 years of advance in city infrastructure and other hardwares, China is still a very poor country of 1.3 billion including a poverty-stricken farming population of 650 million, and a corrupt /backward government. Anyone who have been to China can see that. We in HK are so close to China that we probably know it better than anyone else. But the West blows the whole thing out of proportion, calling China a Superpower, and a threat, which is simply not the case. Author Helen Wang rightly pointed out in her book, saying … China is in many ways, too backward to qualify as a superpower … it has a long way to go. However what she should realize is that the West is using the rise of a Superpower as a convenient pretext to blame and bash China for their own economic woes and diplomatic failures. Yet business is business. Trade still go on as long as there is a profit.
As far as I can see, China has a lot of catching up to do. China has more internal problems than it can handle. China is more involved in solving its own problems, such as feeding its millions, providing them with jobs, keep the rich/poor gap narrow down, fighting corruption & inflation, and give people a decent living, etc. etc. So far the progress made are stained with blood, sweat and tears. Every time one uses an INTEL, HP or Apple, there are many parts inside that are made in China’s sweat shops. This is just one example which is all over the news in recent days. Cheap products from China actually kept US inflation down for years! Sounds like a win/win situation. However what does the average worker gets for assembling the IC chips … a mere US$120/m. They work very hard, but very very sad. I have stories to tell … much later.
Its really a conspiracy of the West to contain China from expansion, just like containing the Soviet Union from expansion in the Cold War days. Why is there a European Union and NATO, SEATO and other alliances? Its the post-WWII Western strategy to contain the two communist giants, a strategy which is still in force today, but rather out-dated, since Russia and China are no longer communists. Why does the US has over one thousand military bases around the world and seven fleets patrolling the seas? (China has none.) Because the politicians in the West have to justify their governments’ expenditure on the military. Because the arms dealers and manufacturers have to lobby the politicians to sell their weapons. Because the Western nations want to perpetuate a Western dominant world. Fair assessment?
200 years ago, after fallen behind the West, China was attacked by Britain first, then plundered, looted, colonized by a league of 8 nations, even conquered by Japan. The next 100 years, China suffered 2 revolutions, 2 World Wars, plus Civil War and internal struggle, China, as a nation, is flatout, downtrodden, and experiencing total collapse. All it wants now is to rebuild a country from its pieces, to give its people food, shelter, clothing, a decent life and restore some dignity to a “sick” nation. What can be more noble and humanistic than that? Many people do think China’s leaders deserve to be awarded a Nobel Peace Price for their contribution to lead a quarter of mankind out of poverty and starvation! President Gorbachev received a Nobel Peace Price for liberating the Soviet Union in 1989, a huge political change for Eastern Europe. I think China ‘s achievement is more internal, but economical change is just as great if not greater. Why the West are so negative about China! Fair assessment or not?
What about the arms race? The US and Russia have enough nuclear arsenal to destroy the world ten times over. But China can hardly defend itself against the real Superpowers. China just want to stand on its own two feet, and not being bullied by any other powers. If one should understand the Chinese mindset, our culture of Confucius, Mencius, Laotze, Chuangtze and Buddha, all teaches harmony among men, harmony between men and nature … what 5000 years of history has taught us that wars and killings will not solve any problems, but will create more problems. Thats why China’s leaders kept stressing China’s position is not to seek the first strike in any conflict, a sharp contrast to some other country’s “pre-emptive trike” mindset. China has not invaded any country in the last 200 years. China has not one soldier combating abroad today. It seems that China may not want to be a Superpower now. Its Economics 101 … guns or butter? The answer is clear.
Guess I spoke enough … not in defense or accusation, but to help international understanding.

Women caned for premarital sex in Malaysia

As reported by the SCMP on 18 February…
Three women have been caned in Malaysia under Islamic law for the first time.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the sentences were carried out on February 9 in a women’s prison outside Kuala Lumpur after a religious court found them guilty of having sex out of wedlock. Two of the women were whipped six times.
“It was carried out perfectly,” Hishammuddin said. “Even though the caning did not injure them, they said it caused pain within them.”
His comments signal that the mostly Muslim country is now prepared to flog a mother of two for drinking beer, despite the international criticism that the case has sparked.
The case will fuel a debate over rising “Islamisation” in Malaysia, where religious courts have been clamping down on moral offences as well as a ban on Muslims drinking alcohol that had rarely been enforced.
“I hope this will not be misunderstood so much that it defiles the purity of Islam,” Hishammuddin said. “The punishment is to teach and give a chance to those who have fallen off the path to return and build a better life in future.”

Yeah yeah, bunch of muslim hypocrites. In what century are those people living? Then they are surprised we hate them – no problem, they hate us, the infidels, too.
I am proud to be an “infidel”.
Reason enough to kick those people out of our countries. We have no place for you.
Malaysia is a sad case. In the past I liked that country. Now, add them to the blacklist.
China is bloody right to curtail any of those in Xinjiang. Europe could learn from the Chinese, for once. But then lazy Europeans should also start picking fruit and doing other jobs they look down on and have to leave to immigrants. The USA are not better, just see why they need all those Latinos to do the hard jobs.
Another conclusion: here we have bad stuff too. But at least they don’t cane people for drinking beer of having fun in bed.