Kier clearly does not know what he is writing about when he said, “At least those in Taiwan and Hong Kong don’t need to worry about their masters keeping SARS/bird flu/ environmental disasters/fake eggs and milk etc. state secrets because their deaths would be of less worry than the danger of inconveniencing the Party.”
If you were to read Punishing Food Fraud in China, you would discover that cover ups of tainted food products have happened in the US too, and the people responsible are seldom if ever punished by the legal system, while those that are caught in China may face long jail terms and the possibility of execution.
As for the attempt to hide the SARS/bird flu, a high-ranked Party official, who was also a Western trained doctor, leaked the news to the world, and he wasn’t executed or tossed in prison. He did get in trouble, but he lives at home enjoying his family, his life and his retirement.
There is no secret that China is suffering from pollution due to becoming the factory floor of the world after 1980.
In fact, many American manufacturers moved to China so they wouldn’t have to pay the price to be environmentally clean in the United States, which means since they couldn’t pollute legally in the West and/or America, they moved their operations to China where strict environmental laws did not exist at the time.
However, a few years ago, China consulted Greenpeace for advice on where to start cleaning up the environment and have passed laws to start the process.
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Newsweek reported about China’s changing landscape in China’s Hobson’s Choice. It’s a well-balanced piece and halfway down the page is a video, “Millionaires Overnight”, worth watching. The message in that video is that sometimes it is better off staying poor.
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However, China doesn’t have much of a choice but to keep changing. There’s pressure from the hundreds of millions of have-nots in rural China to get what the new urban middle class already has. Then there is the drive to stay “strong” so no one will push China around as the Western powers and Japan did for more than a century after the 1st Opium War until 1949 when Mao won China.
This Newsweek piece talks about the central government waking up to the fact that they have to do something about the pollution. However, an old Chinese saying explains the clean-up challenge best, “The mountains are high, and the emperor is far away.”
China’s one party government may appear powerful but reality is a grim fact. After all, the Communist’s Net Nanny’s cannot even keep Chinese from getting past the Internet censors and many Chinese play by their own rules regardless of laws that might end in a death penalty. Greed is a great motivator in any country.