China more popular than U.S. overseas

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China more popular than U.S. overseas
New poll finds Iraq war a key factor in tattered image of U.S.

The Associated Press
Updated: 4:49 p.m. ET June 23, 2005
WASHINGTON - The United States’ image is so tattered overseas two years after the Iraq invasion that China, which is ruled by a communist dictatorship, is viewed more favorably than the U.S. in many countries, an international poll found.

The poor image persists even though the Bush administration has been promoting freedom and democracy throughout the world in recent months and has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in relief aid to Indian Ocean nations hit by the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami.

“It’s amazing when you see the European public rating the United States so poorly, especially in comparison with China,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Eleven of the 16 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center — Britain, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan and Indonesia — had a more favorable view of China than the United States.

India and Poland were more upbeat about the United States, while Canadians are as likely to see China favorably as they were the United States.

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http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8324290/
 

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Yeah I believe it. Logically thinking, USA probably isn't at the top of the world's favorite countries list.
 
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Gee, that was really hard to see coming. :rolleyes:
 
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Well dont worry, when china starts being the "superpower", and starts bossing people around, people will start hating them more than you guys.
 
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You know all of us like people who're doing their own business and don't interfere to other's job!(of course it's not always good to be so selfish!)
 
Sure, with political intolerance, imprisonment, torture, state-mandated abortions, people enslaved to cheap labor, 1 billion people in poverty and forced to live under a system that they hate...what isn't to like about the Great Dragon? I can clearly see why they would be favored over the USA.

Excuse me. <starts strangling self>
 
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quetzalcoatl9 said:
Sure, with political intolerance, imprisonment, torture, state-mandated abortions, people enslaved to cheap labor, 1 billion people in poverty and forced to live under a system that they hate...what isn't to like about the Great Dragon? I can clearly see why they would be favored over the USA.

Excuse me. <starts strangling self>
The difference is China is not doing these things to other nations--and to clarify, families can have as many children as they want, but will lose government subsidies if they do--abortion is not mandated. Overpopulation is a serious problem, especially in China. Would you prefer to have masses of people starving? How humane!

In the meantime, Bush/Republicans would like to remove women's right to choose, not only in regard to abortion but even birth control. Bush/Republicans are contributing to cheap labor at home by blocking a raise in minimum wage, promoting illegal labor in the U.S., as well as cheap labor around the world with trade agreements such as NAFTA/CAFTA.
 
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The difference is China is not doing these things to other nations--and to clarify, families can have as many children as they want, but will lose government subsidies if they do--abortion is not mandated. Overpopulation is a serious problem, especially in China. Would you prefer to have masses of people starving? How humane!

In the meantime, Bush/Republicans would like to remove women's right to choose, not only in regard to abortion but even birth control. Bush/Republicans are contributing to cheap labor at home by blocking a raise in minimum wage, promoting illegal labor in the U.S., as well as cheap labor around the world with trade agreements such as NAFTA/CAFTA.
i don't necessarily disagree with you on the current Republican agenda, but you must admit that the US at least tries to represent decency, charity, and order.

i guess on the surface your defense of china sounds good, but i just cant get that picture out of my head where the protestors are run over by tanks in Tianamen square...these are the same people that probably cook chinese food for you, and would die to have the freedoms that we have. If china is not a symbol of oppression, I don't know what is...you can't even begin to compare them with the US.

Since the chinese don't publish their prison statistics - it's "classified" - we can only assume that it is very very high. Interviews with political dissidents from china speak about masses of people exterminated. Does it matter whether this is really foreign or domestic?

On the one hand, you have one country (the US) that in a state of war abroad. On the other, you have a large oppressive government that commits atrocities against it's own people (China). Which is worse, in your eyes?
 
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quetzalcoatl9 said:
i don't necessarily disagree with you on the current Republican agenda, but you must admit that the US at least tries to represent decency, charity, and order.
I think the US is really trying to represent any of those things. Just because it's not as bad doesn't make it good.
If china is not a symbol of oppression, I don't know what is...you can't even begin to compare them with the US.
This seems to me to be quite a large problem in the US. If you ask someone what they thing the most oppressive regime in the world are they're more likely to name one of the US's political rivals which, while a lot of them are bad, arn't anywhere near the worst or most oppressive regimes out there. For example, Burma is worse than Iraq or China ever have been. A lot of people have never even heard of this place, because it's not challenging the US for anything, so it doesn't get in the news as being a 'bad guy'.
Since the chinese don't publish their prison statistics - it's "classified" - we can only assume that it is very very high.
Oh... but of course! what other choice do we have :rolleyes:
Interviews with political dissidents from china speak about masses of people exterminated. Does it matter whether this is really foreign or domestic?
Dissidents from anywhere will always exagerate the case and talk about worst case scenarios. How many times have you heard similar things from the USA? Some of it's true of course, just like with the US, but don't take it all for granted.
On the one hand, you have one country (the US) that in a state of war abroad. On the other, you have a large oppressive government that commits atrocities against it's own people (China). Which is worse, in your eyes?
I think the USA is worse right now, overall I just think they're contributing more to poor human rights and poverty, starvation, ect than China is.
 
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Oh... but of course! what other choice do we have :rolleyes:
so what is the alternative? that they are keeping the prison stats secret because they are so low?? yeah, right.

I think the USA is worse right now, overall I just think they're contributing more to poor human rights and poverty, starvation, ect than China is.
just because they are isolationist does not make them decent. how much money did china give for the tsunami disaster?
 
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so what is the alternative? that they are keeping the prison stats secret because they are so low?? yeah, right.
their unemployment rate is so low because there are so many people in the prison system. the prison system takes that many able-bodied males out of the labour market.
 
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fourier jr said:
their unemployment rate is so low because there are so many people in the prison system. the prison system takes that many able-bodied males out of the labour market.
Now thats is just ridiculous.
 
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Germany is still, and rightly, marked as responsible for the Holocaust. China, however, has avoided being effectively confronted about the 30,000,000 more recently starved to death under Mao. How do people justify this annihilation, or the undertakings by the vast majority of countries, against the actions of a bumbling, petty U. S. president?

Please tell us how your country is less culpable than the United States.
 
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kaos said:
Well dont worry, when china starts being the "superpower", and starts bossing people around, people will start hating them more than you guys.

not before they overflow the population stepping on each other's heads and crushing all the upcoming generations

the only threat to date i can think of is the staggering amount of engineers that China produces.. only hope for US is that they are learning english and immigrating to US
 
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kaos said:
Now thats is just ridiculous.
as with so many other things, truth is stranger than fiction:
Comparative research contrasts the corporatist welfare states of Europe with the unregulated U.S. labor market to explain low rates of U.S. unemployment in the 1980s and 1990s. In contrast, this article argues that the U.S. state made a large and coercive intervention into the labor market through the expansion of the penal system. The impact of incarceration on unemployment has two conflicting dynamics. In the short run, U.S. incarceration lowers conventional unemployment measures by removing able-bodied, working-age men from labor force counts. In the long run, social survey data show that incarceration raises unemployment by reducing the job prospects of ex-convicts. Strong U.S. employment performance in the 1980s and 1990s has thus depended in part on a high and increasing incarceration rate.
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This article studies the penal system as a labor market institution and provides evidence for its dynamic effects. Our central argument is that U.S. incarceration lowers conventional measures of unemployment in the short run by concealing joblessness among able-bodied, working-age men, but it raises unemployment in the long run by damaging the job prospects of ex-convicts after release. Incarceration, unlike social welfare policy, deepens inequality because its effects are increasingly detrimental for young black and unskilled men, whose incarceration rates are highest and whose market power is weak. This argument suggests that incarceration has lowered the U.S. unemployment rate, but it also implies that sustained low unemployment in the future will depend on continuing expansion of the penal system.
http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/politics/seminars/western.pdf

edit: waitasec i thought the earlier discussion was about the US
 
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fourier, u mean thats official policy by the government????And let me guess, those incacerated are mostly blacks and latinos???
 
yeah well, at least you can get those kinds of statistics on the US. If one day we suddenly "classified" prison statistics like china does, you can bet your bottom dollar that the UN will start labelling us an oppressor state.
 
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yeah well, at least you can get those kinds of statistics on the US. If one day we suddenly "classified" prison statistics like china does, you can bet your bottom dollar that the UN will start labelling us an oppressor state.
Oh, they're not so hard to find if you actually look :wink: ;

http://www.aic.gov.au/stats/apcca/2000/

Guess you'll need to find something else to denigrate the Chinese about now. I suggest though before posting you check first before asserting unfounded opinion as facts. As per discussion on previous thread. :grumpy:
 
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information that they "voluntarily" submit is usually crap (i say voluntarily because they have had to cave in the last few years and address this concern), and getting an objective estimate is difficult to do. reputable sources have a very hard time trying to estimate the true crime statistics of china. it is also frequently incomplete; notice, for example, the unconvicted remandee rate is not listed for china.

i strongly suspect that there is no such thing as "unconvicted", it just means that you weren't run over with a tank. what percentage are "political prisoners" versus legitimate crimes?
 
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information that they "voluntarily" submit is usually crap (i say voluntarily because they have had to cave in the last few years and address this concern), and getting an objective estimate is difficult to do. reputable sources have a very hard time trying to estimate the true crime statistics of china. it is also frequently incomplete; notice, for example, the unconvicted remandee rate is not listed for china.

i strongly suspect that there is no such thing as "unconvicted", it just means that you weren't run over with a tank. what percentage are "political prisoners" versus legitimate crimes?
Please read this piece again carefully
I suggest though before posting you check first, before asserting unfounded opinion as facts. As per discussion on previous thread.
 
Art said:
Please read this piece again carefully
what are you saying? Why don't you read my piece again? Where's the unconvicted remandee stats?

i find it hard to believe that china has the same crime per capita as australia.
 
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what are you saying? Why don't you read my piece again? Where's the unconvicted remandee stats?

i find it hard to believe that china has the same crime per capita as australia.
To sum up this discussion todate. You first asserted that China 'classified' the numbers in their prisons and were therefore 'beyond the pale'. Now that I have shown your original assertion to be erroneous you are now contending that okay they may publish figures but you don't believe them :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: At this point further discussion with you on this topic seems pointless unless you provide sources and or references to substantiate your claims.

Ref previous request;
I suggest though before posting you check first, before asserting unfounded opinion as facts. As per discussion on previous thread.
 
well Art, you would make a fine attorney. It is true that in recent years China has at least humored us with some prison statistics.

But it has been well-documented how terrible their prison system truly is. And while we at least have the number of prisoners now, they will not say what crimes they're in for - but, escapees have told international bodies that the majority are for "political" crimes against the state. Here's one such article:

http://www.asyl.net/Magazin/Docs/Docs08/l5660chi.htm [Broken]

Having traveled to Latin America, I have seen how local police stations in central american countries will maintain torture chambers in the basement of the police station. You wake up one morning, and your neighbors have disappeared for talking to reporters. Yet on paper, the whole country's prison system looks creamy. Everything that I have seen about China to date supports this same feeling. I also have personal friends who have escaped China with similar stories. So, yes, I admit that it is possible that I have an axe to grind.

And you know what: this will all be brushed aside. Because people such as yourself, who have who-knows-what agenda, will continue to refuse it. Germany still bears all the blame for genocide, and yet Stalin killed more than 20 million of his own people to maintain the war...who really came out of that one smelling worse?
 
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quetzalcoatl9 said:
and yet Stalin killed more than 20 million of his own people to maintain the war...who really came out of that one smelling worse?
Ok. Dude. Seriously. 'Maintain the war'? Hitler attacked him, Stalin was the good guy this time. Call him a mass murderer, call him an ass and oppressive dictator, but don't tell me he's a war monger. Those 20 million casualties were killed by the Germans. Don't even try to tell me that Stalin killed more of his own men than the Germans did. Just don't OK? Don't.

Edit: And what the hell does stalin have to do with this anyway? Are you trying to turn this into another one of your Anti-Communist binges?
 
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Smurf said:
Ok. Dude. Seriously. 'Maintain the war'? Hitler attacked him, Stalin was the good guy this time. Call him a mass murderer, call him an ass and oppressive dictator, but don't tell me he's a war monger. Those 20 million casualties were killed by the Germans. Don't even try to tell me that Stalin killed more of his own men than the Germans did. Just don't OK? Don't.

Edit: And what the hell does stalin have to do with this anyway?
um, no. Stalin killed 20 million of his own people (not soldiers), civilians, to crush any resistance to WWII and also to maintain his own power. Oh yes, there was a great deal of resistance by the Russian population against fighting the Germans, believe it or not. The Russians lost a measley 8 million in the actual war.

If you thought there was mass protest against Vietnam, this is nothing compared to what happened in Russia. Millions of Russians died in Stalingrad alone, they were willing to send as many people to their death as necessary to win that key battle. The people were naturally upset by this, and needed "coaxing".

check the sources yourself. stalin is directly responsible for 12 - 20 million deaths (depending upon who you ask) of his own people. this has nothing to do with the germans.
 
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