Originally Posted by Volcana
Any scarier than how the UNited States treats other people?
Not really. The U.S. has a few human rights issues to deal with, but at the very least the country is making progress. What's more, their human rights issues are recognised moreso than China, where even information distributed in the internet is tightly controlled. Look at how biased and singled-voiced the Chinese media is.
I believe the U.S. has several key human rights advantages over China. They allow information to be distributed without the excessive political control and inteference from the Chinese. Plus the U.S. government certainly won't send tanks and military supremos to gun down ordinary citizens who participate in mass demonstrations.
Originally Posted by jbone_0307
Very disgusting. Just look at what happened at Tianament Square, and that was just a protest of government control.
Tiananmen Square protest was focused more on students and radicalists demanding a more democratic government and political system.
I do not like what happened, especially when many innocent people were killed. But look at it in the government's POV: in the 80s, Deng Xiaopeng's administration was the key to solving all the mass economic problems that Mao's "Cultural Revolution" and "Great Leap Forward" had imposed. The Deng government was responsible for solving the widespread poverty, violence and famine that Mao had left. Because China has such a large population, it is very difficult to make sweeping changes in as less time as possible. So when you are in the middle of reforming your country's economic system, the last thing you need is having to deal with a huge group of protesters that could derail all your efforts.
Of course it was not right to actually kill or even injure the protesters. Most were unarmed and I am guessing that they were asking for what many others in Western democracies have - a wide range of human rights. But it was really the bad timing of the protests that played against them. Democracy in China is nice, but it definately won't happen when the country is in the middle of rapid economic growth and the government is too authoritarian and conservative the let anything get in their way to making the country a superpower.