The advantage is that you keep the (majority) of the population brainwashed to support your policies. if Chinese people can’t interact with foreigners, can’t go to foreign websites, only consume Chinese media (which of course, they believe is totally unbiased all the while screaming that Western media is biased), and everything is controlled by state media, then its no wonder that Chinese people all think alike.
How many mainland Chinese people do you meet that think Taiwan is independent? That have the ability to criticize their own country/government? That think outside the box? That knows what self-deprecation is? Probably none. On the other hand, you’ll meet lots of Japanese/Korean/Westerners that are more than likely to criticize their country and government. Because once you censor everything online and control the state media, it becomes a police state and you lack the ability to think independently. You swallow up everything the government does as ‘good for the stability and harmony of the people and the nation’, even though you are giving up your freedom and rights to do so.
If a country really was ‘the greatest country, better than democratic countries / West / America etc’, they would never need to censor anything from the people, they would never fear protests or demonstrations (because if a country is great why would people protest?) and the people would willingly want to live there and not be moving or studying abroad in large numbers. Just some food for thought when a Chinese person proclaims this sort of thing.
As expected, a Chinese robot has commented below with the typical reply. Allow me post my response to his comments below, so you can see a little bit about what I’m talking about with typical Chinese netizens.
“Since when has criticising one’s government been something that is to be boasted about? A government being criticised routinely by its very only people only proves one thing – that this government sucks.”
You miss the point here. The point is not that our government sucks, but that we have the capability to criticize it. Chinese do not. Do you really think the Chinese government (CCP) will be great and prosperous forever and until the end of time? Of course not. But you cannot protest against them, you cannot criticize them. You *must* support them. That’s a problem of lack of freedom. And just like a robot, you respond with the typical “Chinese government has raised billions out of poverty blah blah” so is the Chinese government perfect? is there NOTHING you don’t like about the CCP? Tell me. There must be something. Let me guess -” mass censorship is ok because it’s for the harmony and stability of the country.” “If we uncensor sex and violence everyone will turn into violent criminals”
“And besides, I don’t understand why on Earth you yourself as a Chinese can’t get the slightest sense of respecting the authority”
I respect authority – when authority deserves respect.
“Every day people like you who are brainwashed by Western capitalistic democracy try everything they can to reproach their government”
Again, with this “brainwashing” argument. How are we brainwashed? I’ve traveled to over 20 countries before. I rarely read the Western media news. Most Americans don’t even trust their own news media, they think fake news is a major problem. All of my opinions come from my own experience traveling the world. So tell me, why do you think I’m brainwashed? It’s not like I haven’t been to China before. I have been to China several times already. Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing etc. It’s not like everything from China comes from what Western media says like you assume.
“if a government can’t manage to let its people shut their mouths up willingly, again the government sucks.”
People only protest if they dislike something about the government. I’m from Canada. Nobody is on the street protesting Justin Trudeau right now because although he’s not perfect, he’s not doing terrible either. If we decide we don’t like him, then he can be replaced. This is democracy and freedom at work. In China – you *have* to support the government no matter what – you have no choice.
“While over 80% of Chinese have absolute trust in our great government, you guys just elect awful people like Trump and Johnson as your national leader and practise “freedom of speech” to throw criticism and dissatisfaction towards the government. “
Not every leader we elect has been awful. Obama did a pretty good job, actually. So did Jean Chretien and Bill Clinton.
“If my government raised hundreds of millions of people from poverty, increased literacy rate in a country with 1.4 billion population from a pitiful negligible number to 96%, and developed the economy from a third-world nation to the second largest economy in only 40 years, while all your government cares is to receive criticisms fron citizens, then your government for sure hopelessly sucks.”
Keep bragging about that economy of yours – can the Chinese government keep going? I don’t think so. There’s already lots of signs of the economy slowing down. And this is just basic economic principles at work here. The more developed a country gets – the slower the economic growth will be. The CCP has a lot of work on their hands just to keep the growth rate constant. Look at South Korea and Japan in the 60s – they were just as fast as China in the 2000s – but now they’ve slowed down a lot. China will eventually slow down as well – if not already.
BTW – I noticed a common deflection tactic by Chinese netizens is that they always talk about the shortfalls of the Western government instead of their own. This is just backing up my point about all Chinese people behaving and acting the same way. Almost robot-like, [response about how I am Chinese but am brainwashed by Western media], [response about American government sucks and Chinese government being way better]. I would like to see you post a different response. Show some independent thinking.
And again if you are in China right now – you have to use a VPN to use Quora because Quora is blocked. Why would the Chinese government block Quora? Because there’s people criticizing them on Quora? A government unable to accept criticism and to improve itself is a government doomed to fail. This happened in Chinese history many times already – the stories of Emperors who couldn’t accept any criticism, and kept telling himself he was the greatest – their presumption is their downfall.
“I see no reason why the CPC is not the authority that deserves the most respect in human history.”
How about the famine that wiped out millions of people during the Great Leap Forward? the Cultural Revolution? I don’t know how you can say the CCP deserves the most respect in human history when so many lives have been needlessly lost and the needless destruction of Chinese culture. Try telling that to my parents face – who couldn’t even go to school during the Cultural Revolution because they were all shut down – that the CCP deserves the most respect in history. What a joke. Yes it’s admirable that they lifted so many people from poverty but they did it at a very heavy cost. And it’s not like other countries didn’t do it. the Industrial Revolution did the same thing to create a gigantic middle class for the UK and US, and Korea and Japan both went from countries completely destroyed by war to first world developed countries in less than 30 years. It’s not like the CCP did something that other countries didn’t do before, having any kind of modernized capitalist government would have achieved the same results. Notice that CCP didn’t actually raise many people out of poverty until after they switched to a market economy.
“Common sense would tell us that the less educated a person is, the more vulnerable he will be under influence of misleading information or anti-social sentiment. “
Common sense from a non-biased view, would also tell us that less educated people should benefit from receiving more education. Quora is a place of education. You see it as a place of misinformation and anti-China groups? Well take a look at most of the China-related questions on Quora. The top-voted answers are all pro-Chinese. For example take a look at Why is western media so hostile towards China? What are some common misconceptions about China? What is wrong with a lot of western media coverage of China? in particular one of the most popular writers of the China topic Paul Denlinger you can read his answers – they are mostly all praising China. So much for Quora being filled with anti-Chinese groups eh? If anything, there’s misinformation that’s anti-Western, not anti-China. Some of these answers generalize Western media and Westerners way too much.