Chinese Readers Comments on Financial Times Chinese Language Website

Reading comments from Chinese readers of websites such as the Financial Times Chinese language website is interesting. As much as the articles oftentimes. The site being outside China and frequented by Chinese business people, it escapes the heavy censorship that often afflicts websites located within the PRC.  Then comments on the comments and votes for and against.

The FT Chinese language website collects the comments of reader commenters. Some are articles in themselves by people who, due to Party media control, often find that they can’t comment in other fora without the article being taken down by censors.  For example, a collection of comments by wangchq, the author of the comment-article below. 

For example:

“From wangchdq of Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province
In Mao Zedong’s day, China had only state-owned enterprises. There were no private enterprises and foreign enterprises. Ordinary people could not go leave their home areas to go work elsewhere. Chinese state-owned enterprises ran at a loss, with low efficiency, backward products, no research and development, no competitiveness, few products for export. State-owned enterprises could provide employment for surplus agricultural labor. State-owned enterprises couldn’t even solve the problem of urban employment. The income of Chinese workers was very low. The countryside subsidized the cities, the peasants subsidized the state-owned enterprises, and the entire national economy was in a state of collapse. Only strict planning management and suppression by strong armed force enabled the state-owned enterprise system to function.

After reform, private enterprises and foreign enterprises were allowed. Ordinary people were allowed to work outside their home areas. Private enterprises and foreign enterprises were responsible for their own profits and losses. The Chinese economy showed some vitality.

With the increasing number of problems under socialism with Chinese characteristics, as China demands more and more people demand that China switch to a democratic system of governance, some Chinese officials have been dreamed of going back to Mao Zedong-style socialism. They dreaming of making bigger and better state-owned enterprises. They want to keep socialism going forever. Their dream is that China will never change into a democracy. They dream of a China in which the power and money of Chinese officials will be safeguarded for them and for their descendants. They treat ordinary Chinese people as if they were idiots.”.
Reply Support (294) Against (15)”

[another comment from the same person about where he thinks China is headed is translated in the next posting at]

“wangchdq 来自黑龙江省大庆市
回复 支持(294) 反对(15)”

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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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