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04-30-2020 12:45 PM

I am no fan of the Chinese government - their human rights record is appalling, and their grip on power and suppression of their people is something to be fought against.
I would, however, caution against us in the West looking at things through First World goggles. Poverty and poor living conditions are not things which can be waived away overnight - it takes a long time to beat, and whilst we can attack the Chinese government for not doing more to spread the wealth and remove some of the problems which come with poverty, we should be careful not to blame the powerless people living in those conditions for doing what they have to do to survive.
We may well see wet markets as disgusting and unhygienic, but let’s not use language which can be interpreted as blaming the Chinese people who use them for doing what they have to do, to avoid them and their kids starving to death.
If you want to refer to China, best to refer to the Chinese government - the vast majority of the Chinese people are just doing what they have to do to survive.
Edited by vimesey, : No reason given.

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