In the West, the individual is more important than the whole. In China, the whole is more important than the individual.
Just like China created capitalism Chinese style, the Chinese are building a bridge to human rights the same way. However, they see things different from Western democracies that are burdened with debt, crime, serious drug problems and swelling prison populations. To allow the freedoms that led to these problems in the West would be a loss of face for China’s leaders.
Due to Confucius’s teachings twenty-five hundred years ago, most Chinese value family and piety first—something that has all but vanished in the West.
“China believes that human rights, like other rights, are not ‘absolute’ and the rights enjoyed should conform to obligations fulfilled. China opposes separating rights from obligations,” said Luo Haocai at the Beijing forum on human rights.
Many Chinese know what Western freedom is like. After all, many Chinese have attended universities in Western countries. Most of these individuals have experienced freedom Western style and learned that the Western concept of freedom doesn’t match Chinese values. Family obligations come first in China.
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