LettersWhy the US must stop preaching to China: American values aren’t working for many Americans
- America, under its two-party system, has turned into an oligarchy with severe wealth inequality, where the rich and influential control policies
- Improving livelihoods involves good governance, not political rhetoric or ideology
America must understand that the world isn’t shaped the way America insists it must be: sovereign nations run themselves their way.
Likewise, neither China nor the Communist Party, I believe, has any intention whatsoever to threaten or take away any freedoms of the American people. America has started wars against various unfounded threats around the world (enriching military defence contractors and politicians), from the Middle East to Africa and Asia to Russia, all in the name of freedom, democracy and American values. This interference has failed almost everywhere and often made things worse locally.
The average American should visit Chinese cities and experience nightlife in Shanghai’s Xintiandi or The Bund, or Beijing’s Wangfujing Street or Tiananmen Square; there you’ll see people living freely and even feeling safer than in most American cities.
How forty years of reform and opening up have transformed China
Don’t blame the average hardworking American who is dynamic and freedom-loving, but America’s government or economic system haven’t helped Americans as much as China’s socialism with Chinese characteristics has helped the Chinese.
Improving livelihoods involves good governance, not political rhetoric or ideology.
China doesn’t interfere with other countries’ systems, demanding that others change their government’s behaviour. I wonder why certain English-speaking countries blindly repeat America’s criticism of China, interfering and passing judgment on others, as if they were morally superior or doing better.
Bernard E.S. Lee, Tsuen Wan