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Those Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Rocks,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Coming Collapse of China (Hardcover)
As an expatriate living in Hong Kong, I've had many opportunities to travel into China. I have seen many of China's flaws pointed out by Gordon Chang, like the absence of the rule of law and rampant corruption. Like the reader from New York, I would have liked to see Chang put more emphasis on these and other issues. Instead, Chang devoted about 300 pages to criticizing the Chinese Communist Party. This is not without justification, but Chang made it seem as if the CCP operated in a vacuum, with no outside forces involved.
Being a corporate lawyer, Chang was evidently reluctant to incriminate his own economic ideology by linking party corruption with the influence of multinational corporations. The latter, while no admirers of Communism, have been complicit in exploiting China's resources, impoverished masses, and lax labor and environmental laws for their own gain. Human rights were never part of the equation, and Chang conveniently left out Secretary of State Warren Christopher's 1994 plea to the American business community in China to pay some attention to this issue. (The plea fell on deaf ears.)
With the current wave of corporate scandals in the U.S. (sorry reader from Alaska, they're not exceptions to the rule), one may wonder if Chang should be examining his own country's problems instead of looking to the other side of the world. The reader from Alaska (sorry again) remarked how much of China's wealth was created by foreigners, while America's wealth was created by Americans. Either he sews his own clothes, or he goes half naked (not a good idea in Alaska). Where would America's economy be without China? Its clothes, army berets (gasp!), and 9/11 souvenirs (double gasp!) are made primarily in China! How can you have wealth if you don't have labor? Who provides the labor that produces so many of the products found in American stores? Guess who.
Chang went off the wall when he placed sole blame for the 1999 Chinese Embassy bombing in Yugoslavia and the spyplane incident in 2001 on the Chinese. Not a word on American errors, intentions, or double standards (i.e. the U.S. maintains a 200-mile security zone beyond its borders, not the international standard of 12 miles). How self-deceiving some Americans continue to be even when their own country is riddled with problems. They pat themselves on the back and congratulate each other for being "right".
For the record, China does have many problems, some of which are very serious. But Chang's book won't give uninformed readers a balanced treatment of the subject.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2012 5:05:21 PM PDT
Dalton C. Rocha says:
I think that this book was writen ten years, before the right time. I live in Brazil; a Left's rulled poor country.
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