Going to play devil's advocate here.
There's a word for a system that combines restrictions of individual freedom, merciless 'do or die' economy, state ownership of key industries and a strong militaristic bent... *shiver*
I hope China won't end up there.
Isn't that the same as the USA government, except that the key industries own the state ?
Don't the Chinese also have Death Sentences to people caught smuggling drugs?
Yes, they do, and while nobody deserves a death sentence in my opinion (I'm actually a fan of lifelong hard labour), punishing crimes harshly works.
- no protection for injured workers and no safety standarts in such hazardous jobs as mining and manufacturing.
That's because we have put such a high demand on China's cheap labourforce, that now their economy is growing, they almost have to.
- use of prisoner labor
Great, they should do that everywhere. Preferably the jobs nobody else wants to do.
- use of child labor
This was in incident of local corruption, and firmly rejected by the Chinese govermnent. IIRC they shot those involved.
- complete crack down on internet porn, including jailing a woman for running a 'sex webcam' service and long jail sentences for website operators.
Decency, this is not Europe we are talking about. And I can see where they are coming from.
- people evicted from their houses at goverment's whim, sometimes not given a new place to live.
The government does offer you a new place to live. But many people refuse to go live somewhere 2000 miles away (even if there are jobs there). So when you refuse the government, they stop you in helping. Second problem here is that the corruption is again bad, but they are working on it.
- govermental limits on how much children one can have. Women are subjected to forced abortions if they disobey.
Often forced to abortion by the village they live in, as penalties are subjected to the entire village and not the family disobeying the policy. Also, the one child policy, is .. in my opinion, one of *the* best options that China ever put forwards.
- ecological damage on great scale, coupled with evicting people living in the region.
Yes, but who is to blame, they are catching up, and we (the western world) did the ecological damage too.
- cruel and unnecesary slaughter of stray animals and pets whose owners don't pay very high fees.
Cheap solution, imagine 1 billion chinese all with 2 cats and a dog, and the ammount of shit that would give.
*And* Tibet of course. And there are some really horrible things done to people there.
Horrible things, by both sides. Allthough I don't agree with their reasons for occupying Tibet.
Now, yes, in a way I am a fan of the way the Chinese government handles things. I do agree that, perhaps they could take things a bit more subtle, but one should be very careful in reading the news printed in our European newspapers as things should always be seen from two sides. The West is a propaganda machine too, we just hide it behind having a lot of newstations all saying the same thing, perhaps in different words. There, the government just says what they want to say. Same thing.
The bit about religion I think is the smartest thing there is. It's not any religion they are actively banning, it's a few very specific ones. To the rest they are showing more leeway every time.
Now ... from the days at University where two students from the Pekin University where living next door, I had a chat with them, and, while they were the children of the elite, they did have some critical thoughts, but they also agreed on one thing. "What else ?"
The same question you here from people who have lived in China. "What else ?"
They are pointing towards how a country with an almost single nationality, interdependence, several different languages, almost one culture, and billions of people has to be run. At least with their current government they have some influence, compared to their ancestors who had to work with Emperors and wanna-be emperors.