2011: Bai Yansong of PRC Central Television Compares the U.S. and China


This article has been appearing on some Chinese websites since September 11. The comments at the end of the article are interesting too.  The attached photo is also circulating online. The article I saw said the source was “the internet”, so I don’t know if Bai actually said this,  or maybe he did but this getting it out this way gives him some cover under socialist legality.  It sounds like something a CCTV person would say at one of the satirical speeches they make at their closed Chinese New Year’s parties apparently as a counterpoint to the propagandistic CCTV Chinese New Year gala broadcasts.  A tape of one of those internal parties that got out a few years ago caused a commotion.

I found it here — the link does not work anymore.   Probably censored to protect the right thinking of the people.

More photos of Bai at blog.eastday.com/zqcl/art/1394582.html

David Cowhig

Begin Translation:

“Bai Yansong is a famous CCTV television host. I admire him very much because what he says often makes sense and he is relatively brave.

Some people say: China should not be like the West, so Bai made a direct comparison, asking the question just what is the West like?

In America, anyone can set up a television station, but the government is not permitted to set one up.

In America, you can get any magazine or newspaper but you can’t find party newspapers and journals.

In America, anyone can have a mistress, but government officials are not supposed to have one.

In America, people can keep their personal financial information secret, but government officials must disclose theirs.

In America, people have a right to privacy, but the privacy of government officials is not protected.

China won’t be like the west, China will only be like China.

This way or that way. What does it have to be one or the other? Why only one and not the other.

What if we don’t do things like the West? Why is it that 90% or more of grandchildren of top provincial level leaders have a foreign passport?

If the Western way is actually good, and actually beautiful, and people like it, well why not do it that way?

Just imagine: if anyone who wanted to could set up a television station, what a fine thing that would be!

Just imagine: if we couldn’t find “Party newspapers and journals”, if power were to be constrained, wouldn’t that be very good?

Just imagine: if officials can’t have a mistress, what would be wrong with that?

Just imagine: if officials had to disclose their property, wouldn’t that be a good thing?

Just imagine: If the right to privacy of officials were not protected, then how could that Xi’an official who kept that diary of his relations with 300 women have possibly kept such a diary?

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About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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