In response to Steve’ question on what is the difference between Chinese version of capitalism and American version of capitalism
, I think there are many. The most important, I think, is the respective role of government, market in running / in governing the economy. Another important aspect, I think, is the goal of economic prosperity. China takes a more “holistic,” perhaps results-oriented view to economic prosperity whereas America tend to take (historically at least) a more “individualistic,” equal-opportunity point of view. Continue reading »
I have been thinking about two questions about China’s image in the Western Media (AKA “international public opinion”).
Question 1: Why is China portrayed as either collapsing (“this time it’s over for China”, “chaos”) or menacing (the “China threat”) so prevalently (despite notable exceptions)? Why these particular traits?
Question 2: How should the Chinese (在朝和在野的中国人) react to their national image in the “international public opinion”? Particularly, what should we do about our “bad press”? Continue reading »
I think Chinese leaders are among the tamest leaders in the world.
Despite being called “butchers of Beijing” (or much worse), constantly being maligned by a maniacal Western press, and even having one of its own be the target of a shoe throwing protester, leaders from the CCP continue to consistently keep up their cordial and composed demeanor. Continue reading »