- Apr 29, 2020
The thing is their policies come from a place of perpetual insecurity. That the country will fall apart the moment they don't keep a tight lid on things. It is the reason why Tianenmen is such a taboo subject to this day since that crystalizes all of the regime's fears. They think giving up on territorial claims would spark internal unrest as well because it could undermine the regime's authority. It is not a completely unfounded belief if you consider what damage social divisions and unrest causes in prosperous, democratic countries because of loss of homogeny. It is a stress test for any country let alone a poor, divided and unstable one. It could end all decades long progress over night. This is what the regime tries to prevent at all cost and why economic growth is such an almost religious pursuit, sometimes indeed ehm..overenthusiastically so. Not everything is a Nazi Germany parallel.I can't speak for Den Xiaoping's policies as I do not know enough about him but Xi's policies far extend beyond pragmatism. Culturally and/or ethnically cleansing non-Han minorities isn't going to help poor Chinese citizens from rural areas in any way. Neither is the final annexation of Hong Kong and the continuous threats over Taiwan. This is purely driven by a Nationalistic agenda. Xi also strongly tightened the party's grip on the rule of law and the media, which again doesn't bring food on the table of the millions of still extremely poor Chinese citizens.
And yes it is easy to condemn them, especially from a European perspective. Because we have seen what Nationalistic bullshit can do with a desperate nation (Nazi Germany anyone?). Xi has emulated Fascist regimes almost the entire way, perhaps with a bit more pragmatism. But to be clear, what people dislike about Fascists isn't their lack of pragmatism...
No disagreement there. Espescially for the environment and the plastic soup.That store should be banned as well tbh!