Marcus Jones : Recently I went a date with a girl this summer she was beautiful. But something just was off with our conversation and her values and I stopped liking her and didn’t even think about a second date.Fast forward 6 months I see her say “ I’d never travel to China or anywhere around it” on Twitter. I DM her ask her why and what I got was “Their too smart, they’ll kill you and clone you. Their weird racist and eat uncooked food.” (she said a bit more but you get the picture.)I tried explaining a little bit about what China actually was. She didn’t wanna watch a video cause it was from china.Now I know why I didn’t like her anymore after one date. I don’t know how she could be so closed minded that she didn’t even what to be educated on the topic. she attends a school that she probably considers “weird and racist” and lives in a city that has a china town that extends for miles.A friend asked me did I want to go to china with him for a summer all I had to do was pay for the ticket while we v
Chris Bruehl : When it comes to nationalistic, forward looking questions like this… Quora is so fake.I love Quora for almost every other field of interest because the only motive is truth… but not here. Half of people describe China as the most enlightened Utopia on the planet, and the USA as a country on the brink of collapse. Guess what the other people think… the exact same thing but switch roles.Anyone that thinks either country is outright ‘winning’ is stupid, both countries have pros and cons. My own bias is that while China has made tremendous progress, I do find issues with the way they simultaneously boast about surpassing the US while also making excuses for not having an open market (there is a lot of poverty in China and we need more time).On the other hand, the US is very hypocritical to claim China is being too aggressive in defending its interest (especially in the South China Sea) given that we’ve basically claimed the entire Western Hemisphere as our sphere of influence since the Mon
Gabriel Weinberg : Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?#1 — Google tracks you. We don’t.You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that make you, well, you. All of that personal information should be private
Damien Defranco : I’ve been in and out of China more times than I can count since 2010.China is a very big, and very diverse country. It’s almost the opposite of a lot of westernized countries. Other countries in some way’s can be similar to China, such as India is pretty close.Like all countries, there is a thousand reasons a person can love China. China has good, and it has bad, just like all countries.
David Ellsworth : I suppose this is as good a place as any to comment on why I like China. If you are looking for me to defend it, this is only a defence in the context that some people, maybe most, mindlessly attack it and mere truth may be the only defence required.My first experience with the mindless hatred towards China was about 1947 when I told a very close person that some day I would go to China. The response was deeply troubling — along the lines of “Are you stupid!! You shouldn’t even think such a horrible thought”. I was so disturbed I have remembered this all my life. I immediately decided never again to tell anyone of my intent. I held the idea of going to China from then on. I never told anyone that it was as destiny until I finally got the chance and arrived in China on my 60th birthday. That was in 2004 and I still go twice a year. I have accumulated more than 5 years in China.
Jesse Patrick Booth : Perhaps I have a white savior complex. Perhaps I’m trying to gain the love and respect of Chinese people because I’m super lonely…And perhaps…It’s nowhere near as bad as some foreigners seem to think it is.As with any topic on the Internet, there are a lot of complete crayons (morons) who have never been to China, yet claim to know a lot about it.There are also tons of loaded questions like this one, asked by people who have a problem with China or people speaking highly of China. Why would this bother you? Why?Only MY country is great! No other artificial boundary is as good as the one where I arbitrarily exited my mother!Perhaps you don’t believe any westerner could possibly have a nice thing to say after visiting the communist hell hole that it is.I’d invite you to come and have some scrumptious hot pot at my local place that serves imported German beer and shows premier league games on the big screen, and where we pay for our food using our phones because we don’t use cash anymore…
Jamie Cawley : If the US was presented as a country where black people are shot all the time by police, never having got over slavery, you might be moved to point out that this is a 98% exaggeration and close to, if not actually a complete, untruth.There are a surprising numbers of remarkably ignorant attacks on China, often phrased as questions. ‘Why are those Commie bastards slaughtering Uyghurs’ is not too exaggerated as the tone of these. These largely reflect the very odd view of China put out by much Western media.Having lived in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of China for the last six years I, and many others, feel that we should try to correct the extraordinary misconceptions some people, sadly almost all of them in the US, have of it. Truth and peace are worth our small efforts.
Brendan Waugh : I will be happy to acknowledge the success that China has had over the last 40 years moving from a poor nation to a richer nation.In the 1980’s China knew it had a problem – so it started fixing it. What is so wrong with that. Pragmatism (It does not matter if the cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice) led China to grow and be a major world nation.I am not going to deny that China has issues – but it is working to fix them. But simply taking a view that Communist = bad, is foolish. Just imagine telling people in the 60’s that China would be a major economy by the leadership of the Communist Party!. And that is what has happened.As a nation gets more powerful it tries to shape the world in it’s image. And that is what China has been doing, just like the USA, Russia, and the UK. And every other empire in the past.I have watched TV programs like China Uncensored – which is not friendly to the CCP I am aware of China’s human rights issues. I don’t really care too much about
Patrick Khaw : I’m going to try to provide an answer with a slightly different perspective.First off, I’m an Australian Chinese (in that order), born and educated in Singapore. My family is Peranakan or Straits-born meaning that we were the products of intermarriage between the Chinese and locals in what was then British Malaya.So I grew up speaking English and Malay and a smattering of dialects. As I was educated in English mission schools, I did not learn Mandarin.As far as I can remember, I was taught to hate Chinese and Communists. Pretty much everything I read about Communists described them as a threat peace-loving people everywhere. And China was communist.I think I was 17 when I first read Dick Wilson’s A Quarter of Mankind. This was followed by Emmanuel Hsu’s The Rise of Modern China. In those pages I glimpsed a very different China. So I started reading Chinese history, from the Qin dynasty, and continued my inquiry at university.Most of my working life was spent as a journalist, a sub-edit
Roger Tull : it’s not exactly defending China but holding america to the same standards they expect everyone else to comply with.lets talk about this current situation where america wants to punish a certain Chinese 5G company.they now claim the CFO broke sanction because they had dealings with Iran and used an american bank but didn’t report it.now look at trump he had dealings with a sanctioned Russian bank and did not report it.arrest trump as well for breaching sanctions.but oh wait, america want to stop China from selling it’s better 5G because america can’t put backdoor software into that.so america can not spy on it’s alliesso they bully everyone else not to use it as they hate competition and fair trade practices.
Pat Munday : I defend Chinese people because, as my students and colleagues and others I’ve met, I know them to be among the friendliest, most considerate, and hardest working people on earth. And the food is good. Outstanding, really, whether you’re eating mutton in Ningxia, hotpot in Chongqing, or fish in Guangzhou. It’s an amazing, ancient culture and was already a high civilization when my Irish ancestors were throwing rocks at the invading Romans.I do NOT defend the Chinese government, but try to tell it like it is. Although it is definitely relatively peaceful (just a fraction of the US military budget) and doesn’t want to conquer foreign lands, there is significant repression of human rights and certain minorities. The pollution sucks too, but no worse really than the US in the early 20th century, and the Chinese government is making a serious effort to curb pollution (shutting down dirty coal fired electrical generation, requiring high mileage vehicles, etc.).
Jacob Stubbe Østerga : I personally do so because:- I know more about China than most Westerners- Western opinions on China are currently excessively negative, dominated by xenophobia, double standards, and uninformed fear. This is not to say that there isn’t positive views on China, or legitimate criticism of China, coming from the West. Just that the overall attitude is uninformed and negatively biased.If the opposite were true, I wouldn’t be defending China. I’d be criticizing her.I think it’s important to step up when a country or a people group is being demonized. Friendship, understanding and cooperation between countries is essential to everyone’s well-being.
Mikkel Nyhave Anders : Well I don’t see many reasons to hate China, they are good trade partners that we don’t want to lose after all. And I hope China see most of the EU the same way.With such a big country, we don’t want to sour our relationship. Also they’re pretty interesting with all their technology. And China also have a lot of critics, it very much depends on the individuals.Also we have in recent times got a lot of Chinese tourists here in my city in Denmark, which have helped with sales and business.Many Danes don’t know that much about China so we neither have a especially positive or negative view of the country, so we just look at it from a business perspective.Also the Huawei mobile phone has become popular, now there’s commercials about it.So our views are very business related. And in the business department China is mostly a net positive for a small country like us.
Vladimir Hernandez : I would not say that I defend China. Having lived there for 5 years, I frequently provide my perspective of what being there actually is like.Considering the amount of disinformation and prejudice, it surely comes across as defending. I am also aware that other people’s experiences in China may defer from mine. I can however only provide my point of view.Also, I do not do that only online. Being now in Quora it is evidently a virtual forum, but also in real life I look to correct mis-impressions to the extent of my abilities, and given a reasonable recipient. Being them about China, Mexico, or the US (there are many misconceptions about the US around, as well).Just to underline that the question asked about westerners, not US citizens (because some ppl in other answers have gotten very riled up comparing the US vs China)
Dayang Marikit : I think most of the Westerners who defend China are the ones who actually have been to China and thus are familiar and knowledgeable of what is true and what is false about the country.It’s pretty much the same with my country (The Philippines).Most of those who leave hateful comments are the ones who haven’t been to the Philippines. While those who defend the Philippines are mostly the ones who actually have been here.
Mitch Davis : I’m not defending China. I’m challenging the opinions of people that are not based on facts or actual experience.I lived in one city in China for six months, and another for three years. It was interesting and vibrant, and I felt safe and welcome. This is not me “defending China”, I’m just telling you of my experience.
Ryan Li Baker : Because we see the truth with our own eyes and then we still see the obviously false propaganda being presented by Western media. The only honest thing to do in that situation is correct the propaganda, which people interpret as “defending China”. Try to help people by giving them accurate information and they attack you for it…
Simon Hong : I am trying to understand China… and I came across this video that explains their political system. I found it to be very educational.What are you thoughts on this video?Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
Ken Morgan : I lived there (sort of HK SAR with regular Shenzhen visits) and saw it myself.What I saw was considerably different to how the BBC, CNN, ITV or CH4 portrayed it to be.It’s very much like when US news agencies talk about no go zones in the UK because of Sharia law.I know for a fact this is fiction and BS and therefore I will call it out.