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When will China be free?

What will it take for China to end its human rights abuses? With the burgeoning youth of China becoming acutely aware of the oppressive nature of their government, how long do you think it will take them to change this, or convince the goverment to change? Will it be a revolution like Tunisia or Libya, if so would the U.S. aid the rebels? Will it happen in the next decade or continue to bubble beneath the surface?

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  • Nov 6 2011: Thomas,

    I applaud you (and many others) for having a global mindset.
    However, it's still much too difficult for the entirety of Chinese population to achieve that for a long time.
    After all, it's still very much a developing country with 20%+ poverty (poverty as in do not own a house, even the poorest in China owns a TV now a days, yes, even in Tibet).

    The good thing is that majority of the government has ALREADY achieved the global mindset, in that they are trying to be a good global player, while balancing the domestic situations.

    The biggest thing happening now is that the government is spending $100B+ till 2020 in DeNOx, retrofitting power plants and other pollution sources. Remember that NOx are like 5x more damaging than CO2, so this is a much more effective way of saving the environment.
    I don't think these are advertised heavily, but it's a part of the 12th 5-year plan. The law come into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. The target is the same as best of international levels.

    Granted, average Chinese have no say in this matter. There were no national referendum on this matter, so no we are not free to make these decisions. But, how many average people understand these events anyways?
    It's the government's job to make decision like this and it's the right thing they are doing.

    And just to be more frank, this is a GREAT way of spending that money, and stimulating domestic green economy. MUCH better than bailing out European banks from their undying greed. lol.
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      Nov 6 2011: Hi Guang,

      Yes China is certainly developing and there is a lot of poverty here but it is not poverty like we see in, say, India or Africa. The poverty here, for the most part, still affords one quite a comfortable and dignified way to live.

      And, when it comes to actual government policy, the Chinese have as much "say" as do Americans. The Americans elect their officials, at which point, the officials make whatever choice they feel is in their best interest (this usually means they follow a populist line of some kind because they want to get re-elected.) In China the officials make national policy decisions as well but they do not have to worry about re-election. They do not have to engage in (as much) "politicking."*

      This is seen as a "bad" thing in the West. It is seen as a "good" thing by those that think policy should not be held hostage to an ill-informed public (such as "the average" American or Chinese person.)

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      * People in the West do not understand the concept of "Mandate of Heaven" and I do not wish to explain it but it plays a strong role in the minds of policy makers.

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