China Threat

Threat to China

Threat to China

China Threat(Continued from Rise of China)

The existential threat to China and its future is the corrosion of ethics that is threatening to unravel the social fabric of China.

This threat to China is rooted in its culture, which groups people into two circles. The inner circle has family and close friends who receive care and protection. The outer circle has everyone else, who are considered expendable. Benefitting the former by actions that harm or threaten to harm the latter is quietly condoned. In China, the "golden rule" extends only to the inner circle.

While this has been the case throughout China's long history, it has been exacerbated since China opened up to capitalism under Deng Xiao Ping and now permeates all facets of the Chinese society.

In education, ranked one the most corrupt sectors in the Chinese society, students are taught early on that cheating is ok and plagiarism honors the author whose work is plagiarized. They cheat and plagiarize freely, even at China's top universities, and then enter the workplace, where cheating, corruption and bribery are the norm.

When cheating is discovered in a business deal in the West, shame is on the cheater. In China, shame is on the one who was cheated. Despite the face-saving lip service to the contrary, notions such as right/wrong, fair/unfair, honest/dishonest have little room in today's China, which only distinguishes between strong/weak, rich/poor, and respects only the strong and the rich.

This misplaced respect is literally killing people in China, whose industries dump toxic pollutants into the air and waterways with impunity, causing wide-spread respiratory and other illnesses.

(continued at China Scandal)