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huaqiao Post time: 2017-11-3 15:20
The sooner the "pro-democrats" realise that each country has its own unique way of government, the b ...
That's not the whole of it.
Western world has become increasingly interested in how and where their cheaply produced goods are manufactured, and since China has been their number one manufacturer, they have become interested of China.
This certaintly was not the case before Deng. Nobody cared about China or the Chinese, because China was not worth the care to them.
That changed with China's opening up. First because China sold goods to them, and later because Chinese took the western manufacturing jobs. Not before long, the west started to react if something that goes against their ideals happens in China. Many such things indeed happened and continued to happen.
But the die is cast, and while "the west" cannot just stop purchasing products from China, China also can not afford to stop producing them - that transition of economy is not yet complete.
I am not conviced that China's political ideologies are the major contributor to why millions of Chinese were enslaved in sweatshops in past decades, or why they continue to be oppressed in many ways, but it really doesn't matter for majority of the western viewers.
Personally I think the cause for criticism from west is really in power hungry and corrupt individuals (if not the whole regime), who hide behind fake political ideologies. If corruption and related mishandling of the population had been prevented in China much earlier, I think much of the criticism toward China's political system would also not have place.
As Chinese have been quoting how the color of the cat does not matter as long as it catches the mouse, the cat should still be put to sleep if it carries a contagious disease. Perhaps if the sick cats would have been removed from the population earlier, the west wouldn't be commenting about the red cats.
Observing and commenting about people both within and out of your borders (whether that's you, your family, your city, or your country) is part of the "western political ideology" - democracy is to give and accept voice to/from others than just yourself.
China's governance model has been secretive to say the least, and in that circumstance the viewers in west have filled blank spots themselves. Sometime incorrectly perhaps, but China can blame itself for that for not being open.