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An American in China

Chinese Morals

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


Read this excerpt, understand it and then and only then can you even begin to scratch the surface of understanding China.
““In the 1980s, there were many incidents of fake products including drugs being sold to consumers which occasionally caused serious injury. Entire villages were apparently involved in making fake products for sale. One reporter, when interviewing an official in one of those village asked: “Do you know that what you did was illegal and immoral?” Pointing to the rows of new farmers’ houses being built behind him, the official replied: “I think, that the most moral thing in the world is to allow my poverty stricken hometown get rich.1

1Wu, Xiaobo, Ji Dang Sanshi Nian [Thirty Years of Turbulence] p. 149 n.1 (Vol. 1, China Citic Press 2008).

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