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There is no Get Out of Jail for Free, But China is Making Progress

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As the world cowers, China glimpses the coronavirus aftermath. Restaurants are reopening, traffic and factories are stirring, and in one of the clearest signs yet that China is awakening from its coronavirus coma, the country's 'dancing aunties' are once again gathering in parks and squares. But this didn't come about for free. 

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All is not lost. China is showing there is a light at the end of this tunnel. That most of us except some unfortunate can come out of this crisis intact. But there is a price. We have to wake up to the reality we, and our near and dear ones, are under a grave threat to our lives.

I am alarmed by people questioning if this crisis is even real. Are they not aware people are dying, very quickly and despite the best of medical care, in country after country? Others are worried about the (further) erosion of their civil liberties. What good are civil liberties when you or someone close to you is six feet under the ground? Then there are those who are more worried about the prospect of politicians using the crisis to enforce dictatorships. I want to ask them, is this the first time you noticed your democracy ceased existence in all but name 10, 20 years ago? What are you lamenting, the death of oligarchy?

There is a saying in my mother tongue, Tamil, that we can paint any mural on a wall, provided there is a wall. You do whatever it takes to preserve the wall, however blemished it might be.

This is not so much a criticism as it is a sense of frustration. I share the same values and concerns as most of you. I would rather live in a democracy, however shallow, than in an outright dictatorship. I would like to have the freedom to criticize politicians and the elite even if my two bits worth does nothing more than let off steam. If at all one county has be the top dog in the world, I would prefer it to be a faux democracy like the US instead of an outright control freak like China.

Yet our priorities are dictated by the prime directive of our species. Exist. Then only argue about what that existence should be.

At 'normal' times, China's one party authoritarian system deserves all the criticism it attracts. In this new normal, we have to acknowledge it is proving effective, at least for the purpose of overcoming this crisis. We need to be honest with ourselves that the Chinese, as a people, are pulling off an extraordinary feat at an excruciating price. The rest of us have to come to terms with the fact we are not genetically so different as to get out of this for free. There will be a cost to see the light.

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Seems we agree on many of the articles we have commented on at opednews, to the point I sometimes don't add my opinion, as you have expressed it as I would have.

I lived 10 years in China, working at medical schools related to hospitals my great great grandfather built between 1866-1901, being the fourth generation of my family to contribute educational/medical knowledge to the Chinese in the cities these Missions were located in. Unlike many of the pro-Communist articles at opednews by Reiner Shea, "Chang Mai" Jeff Brown and others, I was in the countryside on weekends interacting with the minorities who have to acquiesce to the Han authorities, or end up in a "re-education" camp. The Tibet, Uyghurs, Hui and other "Chinese" people I spoke with did not like how Baba-Beijing, Provincial and local Hans treated them, their religions and lifestyles they chose to live. These pro-dictatorship individuals who bloviate Marx, Lenin/Stalin, Mao tripe seem to forget that the people who endured under these tyrants don't want a repeat of these years lost.

The surveillance system western companies are so eager to assist the PRC in creating for their citizenry will soon be in the west as well, so these Pro-Communist types need not worry about their utopia avoiding them. IMPOTUS will scare the US populace into his version of the China, Russia controlled lives the majority of its people must endure.

I myself hope to be gone before this nightmare is reality.

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RIGHT ON, RAMANI

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