Terrible things did happen under Stalin and Mao. Tens of millions died due to the policies of these dictators. However, that isn’t true today.
Most Chinese do not like to display their dirty laundry in public for the world to see. I believe I talked about this on the The Dr. Pat Show, or one of the other radio talk shows I was a guest on in 2008.
The primary reason for the way the Chinese handle embarrassing situations like these is that most Chinese do not like to lose face. If one Chinese citizen does something wrong and gains the attention of the world’s media, most Chinese feel as if they are seen as guilty too. To learn more, See what Lin Yutang wrote about face.
Associated Press: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100122/ap_on_hi_te/as_china_google