There are two Chinas – the one put out for public view, and the other one, the real China. The unreal China is the one they want to be real but isn’t. Under the glitz is a very old, unchanging China. It is almost totally opposite of America.
The 1st China is Communist, not native to China, a fabrication of dictators who promised to rid a war torn and impoverished land of warlords and landlords and became a new tyrannical generation of arrogant warlords and landlords. Great national energy keeps this fabrication alive. The penalty for ignorance of the public is extended ignorance of the leaders as well. Illegitimate authority is chronically fearful which accounts for the blanket of ignorance and censorship.
The other China is the “enduring” one, by no means compliant but tolerating. Every means to make changes has been removed; no guns, no information, no Tweets, and little internet. Wild assumptions about the rest of the world influence public thinking. It is a truism; education is expensive but ignorance costs a good deal more. Will we ever see the end of this divided nation?
This is the China Century – all of us must know her.