I am so glad I have arrived to squash the older generations irrational fears of China and communism. Your generation was brought up to hate all commusinsts, and even trained to go to war with them leaving very few people in this country who know all the facts and are objective enough to actually look at an isue like this. The fact that we have entered the next century with one of the worlds powers still under communist rule deeply upsets America. It upsets the government and the media and the people so much, that sometimes they feel it necessary to take stories and blow them out of prpoportion.
When most of you were young our government poured billions of dollars and thousands of lives into fighting for a plot of jungle in Vietnam. We had to fight this because it was our duty to liberate the people of South Vietnam, well guess what, the reason we lost the war was because south Vietnamese people, VietCong were fighting against our troops. They didn't want our involvement, they didn't give a damn about capitalism or socialism or democracy or communism, they just wanted to live their lives and prosper and that is what Ho Chi Minh wanted to give them. Yet we were so wrapped up in our war against communism that we took a little known country that wasn't even involved and destroyed it in the name of economic and political differences. The Vietnamese people weren't being gunned down in the jungles until America got involved and went on to murder women and children at places like My Lai. The Vietnamese people only wanted to live their lives in the best way possible, but we wouldn't let that happen because that way was Communism. And Vietnam wasn't the only conflict, we poured billions into weapons and training to supply rebels to fight the Soviets in places like Afghanistan well into the 80's.
Why would we, civilized freedom loving people and our government, one which was built for the people, travel to places we know nothing about and deny their people the right to pursue things like economic prosperity. If we wanted to, we could force China to change their ways because even though they are powerful, we are far superior militarily. But why would we want to force them to change? They have a city in Beijing fine enough to host the olympics, within 15 years Shanghai will become the world center for technology surpassing even Hong Kong and Tokyo. China is blossoming right now, as a communist country, despite exaggerated fears and beliefs amongst Americans, such as those posted above ( I mean no offense to you people, thats just what you were brought up to believe.)
Most people go around saying the Chinese government kills this many milion people a year, and they will kill you for any crime and such and such. In fact between the years of 1991-1999 the Chinese government used capital punishment on an average of 2,125 people per year, the U.S executes around 100 per year. Now that number is 2,125 too much to me because I am very anti- death penalty, but there is the hard statistics, not nearly as outrageous as most people believe. I am not doubting that there are some local areas in China where unjust killings occur, but what about nearly 2 million killed in Burundi and Rwanda just a couple years ago, how about the atrocities of the Taliban in Afghanistan. American doesn't pay any attention to them because they aren't communist countires, an African or central Asian country can commit incredible atrocities and be ignored, but when a Communist country is seen executing a criminal, its called a human rights vilation of the worst kind. Many people say China drowns baby girls and such because of their one child policy instituted in the 70's. Problems like these were isolated many years ago, and are basically nonexistant now. This program has been great for China, if it wasn't instituted the population would be around 1.8 or 1.9 billion of which as many as 300 million could be starving since the world just doesn't have the resources to feed that many mouths.
Now we all hear of the horiible things China does in Tibet, hell most of you probably have "Free Tibet" bumper stickers. Now gather round children so I can rid you of those irrational thoughts as well. I was in Tibet for a week just last fall, during which time I spoke with no less than 4 educated Tibetan people, as well as one common Tibetan about the Chinese occupation. Out of the 4, only one disliked the Chinese rule, he had been around during the days of the Cultural Revolution, and was imprisoned, so he disliked China. The other three who were younger believed that being under China's rule was a good thing. Tibet is too weak to survive independently since they don't believe in setting up any governing body besides the Dalai Lama, who is a religious figure. Had China not absorbed Tibet, India or perhaps Pakistan would have since we have seen how they both have interests in the area through the situations in places like Kashmir, Siachen, and Sikkim. The other lady who I spoke with in detail while in Tibet sold her jewelry and carvings she made herself in an outdoor market. She agreed with the other 3 people about how the economic situation is really improving, as is health care and education. In fact, the avergae income in Tibet is now 20 times what it was at the time of the Chinese takeover. All these people were Buddhist like nearly every Tibetan and so they weren't happy about the Cultural Revolution and such, but they know now thats in the past. Today Tibetans worship freely, the streets are crowded with pilgrims in traditional clothing with prayer wheels and flags and the temples are packed with worshippers. Even Tibet is better off because of China and its communist rule.
Now I am questioning you all, why should we try and make China change its communist, socialist ways. As I said, we could force them to change, we could set up a weak democracy like those in many parts of the world. You could have the tribal warfare of Central Africa, the rulers out to get rich at any cost of western Africa, you could have the exploding population and starving masses living in trash heaps of India and Bangladesh, because that is what happens when a democracy is set up in a third world country. Lets think for a moment of how many struggling third world countries have had a democratic system put in place by an outside power like the U.S in the last 60 years. I'd say there's gotta be at least 30 of them, now think how many have succeeded. None, none, none. So why are we trying to turn China into this, here we have a struggling country who is now on the rise and providing a standard of living much of the world can't match. We are trying to change them simply because they are a communist country, yet that is the one system that works in underdeveloped countries. Lets embrace communism and socialism as a tool to help underdeveloped nations rather than fearing it and attempting to bring it down.