Annotated pro-China articles I have been reading on Quora over the past year

These are in no way chronological, and if anything start from the more recent. Caveat: Quora tends to promote lots of pro-China articles simply because

  1. It is not banned in mainland China.
  2. most Chinese mainlanders are pro-PRC, because (take it as personal opinion if you will), PRC is not a mere reincarnation of Marxism or Leninism or Platonic Republicanism, it is more thoroughly soaked in Confucian Mencius tradition of universal love, order, and responsibility than the promulgation of violence, as depicted by western capitalism.
  3. China has a huge online blogging/forum presence amongst the youths.
  4. Perhaps I have expressed my sympathy towards PRC through various click throughs and hovering stances, or simply my first and last names. Personalization is quite rampant. However similar phenomenon did not occur on facebook, leaving me room for suspicion.

I am sure Quora has its own internal metric of popularity due to China or perhaps China-adjusted upvote score or click through rate, to account for the above unique phenomenon.

  1. What is your opinion about China and Chinese people?: this only angers me in terms of possible preferential treatment of foreigners compared to locals.
  2. What is it about the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative (beside the economic aspect of it) that has a lot of European leaders critical of it? One said it threatens western liberalism, for example.: I do not hold fantasy about the American prospect of buying Chilean copper at 20% below market rate, since the highly partisan government has no means of justifying long term friendly gestural end. 
  3. STRIPPERS AND POLE DANCING AT FUNERALS FACES NEW CRACKDOWN IN CHINA: Colleagues of mine have expressed concern about UK government’s new law on porn site age verification. While critics are always there to tear a plan apart, it is clearly a good move to improve the overall mental wellbeing of the population. Similarly China’s overall ban on overseas pornography (and by extension, funeral strippers) helps ensure a healthy social atmosphere.
  4. How will China being caught illegally selling oil to North Korea affect relations between the United States and China after Trump complained about it?: one should never forget pass transgression of trust. Trump has clearly done a disservice of misinformation as he always has (despite the fact that I voted for him, since Hillary would likely do the same, and is far weaker physically: don’t give me the Benghazi hearing bullshit, a 3 year old can sit on a plane for 15 hours, watching 7 movies and talking the whole time.)
  5.  Don’t people in China wish to live in a democratic country?: It’s almost considered cheating (statistically shameless outlier) nowadays to bring up Trump in a debate about China v US governmental superiority. The problem is every US election since Clinton was an outlier.
  6. Why is Facebook banned in China?: I am somewhat sympathetic of the move: any secessionist move warrants military attention by the ruling party, just like during the US civil war. The mutual appreciation between Zuckerberg and Chinese populace at large suggests the ban has been at least neutrally received and lived with. Just imagine the number of idling working hours saved, despite being redirected to wechat et al. Coming to China is somewhat akin to exiting the google stratosphere, and Chinese citizens are more upset about that.
  7. What do Russians think about China?: It is humbling to know that some Russians view west as a source of hegemony. I think both constitutional capitalism and totalitarian communism can be sources of hegemony. It is historically fortunate for the two to peacefully coexist at least for now. I am more worried at the moment about the west camp, since constitutionality makes it highly inert to good changes, while China can piggyback on the western role model and media pressure, as mentioned before.
  8. Does China have cars?
  9. Why do the Chinese still care about the Nanjing massacre so much?
  10. Despite the ‘brotherly’ and ‘deep strategic’ relations China and Russia supposedly share, does China really consider Russia a potential military threat ? Why does Russia not realize this?
  11. As an Indian, how do we stop China from becoming a superpower?
  12. How many Chinese people really know about the Tiananmen incident and how many of those still support the Communist Party?
  13. Why is Duterte friendly with China even when China claims all the Spratly Islands as their territory?
  14. Why does the CPC still use anti-Japanese propaganda even though Japan is very different now than it was in 1937?: the key point is that Japan as the military extension of its fascist/genocidal past is remembered by generations of Chinese with the most bitter venom, not from significant reallocation of national resource towards propaganda, but a corollary of national propaganda on the importance of peace and anti-fascism in general.
  15. Why do Chinese citizens support the Chinese government despite its record of human rights violations?: the top answer made a salient point that no other countries will care about the well-being of its citizens more than the mother country herself, and by ways of examples, we get Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, etc. The break-even point for an outside party to do the same amount of good as a potentially corrupt and inefficient domestic governing body is very high for the level of domestic corruption and inefficiency, and/or the level of outside patronage and altruism.
  16. What is it about Chinese society that makes China such a peaceful country?
  17. Does traditional Chinese medicine work?
  18. Why does the world allow China to rule Xinjiang?: To quote one of the answers: “The western world doesn’t care about Tibet because they want Tibet to be free, they care about it because that allows the US to place troops on China’s western plains.”
  19. Why is China being demonized?
  20. Why doesn’t China welcome refugees?: Political correctness in the US is replaced by party leader reverence. Just like west evades topic about intelligence and skull size, China reports mostly rosy aspect of lives. Both aim similarly: provide psychological safety to ordinary citizens. If I were black or native Australians and were told that skull sizes were correlated with intelligence, I would naturally feel diminished as a human being, though in modern US there are far worse things to worry about if I were in the former category, and blacks often exhibit the kind of indignant optimism found on the faces of FoxConn workers. Back from the digression, the mention of IQ requirement among refugees is something of a taboo in US, partly because academic objection to its accuracy in reflecting real intelligence, but Chinese has had big enough sample size and hardworking enough workforce to internally acknowledge the validity of such tests. The anti-muslim sentiment is also obvious. Most Chinese I talk to are pretty frank about such sentiment. This is what makes working in the US so difficult for us ex-patriots not fully educated (brain-washed) in the west: people of muslim origins are certainly among those of the highest intellectual calibers, but the religion may use some serious updates, both from the Judeo-Christian and atheist point of view.
  21. How do PRC Chinese and Americans view politics fundamentally differently?: This is a refreshing article by a (namesake) Caucasian, that brought up a sinister twist on separation of power: the separation of power from accountability. The uber example reminded me of gun control. To quote the author: “So we’ve been debating for 5 years, having strikes every year, with real dead people to prove it, and that’s all we have. Nothing else.” Indeed debate and taxonomy are the two central epithet of western progress-making. Mass social unrest has been largely kept at bay since the end of McCarthyism and social welfare is really up to the humanitarian impulse/whim of the presiding authority.

As a punchline, I won’t resist quoting one of the answers regarding Chinese attitude towards democracy:

“In the West, people use the human rights issue as an excuse to diminish the sheer amount of good the CPC has done. It is estimated that since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, well over 800million people have been lifted out of poverty. The World Food Programme has now enlisted China as a forefront to counter world hunger.

Why does CNN not mention this?

Why does Fox not mention this?

Why is China always being trampled on?

People in China are legitimately satisfied with their current government and are proud of how China has clawed its way up from being the “Sick Child of Asia” to the world’s largest economical power using PEACEFUL means!

This means NO IMPERIALISM.

This means NO INVASION.

This means NO WAR.

The majority of the Wealth of the West was built on a foundation made up of bodies of slavery and the beaten blood of Africans, torn from their families.

The People in China Just want a peaceful and prosperous life, and the government has provided a lot of that.

Ask yourselves, is democracy really the answer to everything?”

 

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