Godstud wrote:That was the part about "moral ambiguities" that I was talking about.
Many Western countries are quick to throw stones at China about how they handle internal problems, and I agree with most of them, as they pertain to human rights. I cannot, however, agree that while they condemn human rights violations by China, they engage in wars, exploitation, and state sponsored terrorist.
Right now would be a very bad time to criticize China for how it handles its protests, as the USA engages in similar tactics, to handle its own problems.
As for enemy? No. They aren't an enemy any more than Iran, Syria, or Russia is an enemy, although Russia did put those bounties on American servicemen, which are quickly forgotten...
For a country to be an enemy, you need to have animosity aimed at you, and I fail to see China's animosity to the USA even comes close to that of Russia, which is seen, by some, as some sort of ally.
Two wrong don't make a right. US has issues but it is nowhere on the scale of China. You can't compare Trump whining about the media and wanting to silence them by his speeches to Chinese government sponsored firewalls and general absence of free speech. Sames goes for human rights. You can't compare Trump sending the national guard to patrol the streets to China actually sending in troops to round up and arrest people or silence Hong Kong. While they might look similar, the severity is just on two different sides of the spectrum. US has political prisoners but it is really a handful of people like Snowden or Assange etc while there are literally hundreds of thousands if not millions in jail in China for having "wrong" opinions.
As for animosity, there is anomosity against the West by both Chinese governments and Chinese people. Propaganda has its intended effect of sorts. China is in the "everyone around us is an enemy" phase. Kinda like Turkey or Russia. Mostly due to Covid and the economy going to shit in the last couple of years.
I do not think that any nation is hopeless to change; however, I think that some nations do require a lot more effort than others to become changed. - Verv