Is China safe? Yes! China is not your enemy!

64 Thousand Yuan question:
Is China safe? Yes! (from whom? 😉) 

Is China safe? Yes. Period. China is the safest, most humane, reasonable and decent country I’ve ever had the good fortune to live in. I came here with a smile and an open mind and heart, and tried to leave any pre-conceptions behind.. Best move I ever made. Never looked back. I’ve felt warmth, hospitality kindness and friendliness every single day.

No matter where you are in the world there’ll be things that raise your hackles, China’s no different, but I can tell you honestly that China has, and continues to be a delight to me. A wonderful place to be, to work, and enjoy life – and: China is also the safest country in the world in which to live. 

I’ve never even seen a fist-fight! In six years! This tells you a lot about a country, and about China. The Chinese people are, in my experience, non-confrontational, and non-violent. This is almost universal in China. Make no mistake, if they have to, or had to defend themselves, or their loved ones, they’d fight to the last breath. But really, China and Chinese people are really genuinely peaceful, peace-loving and ready to offer the hand of friendship with everyone.

See also: https://bestchinainfo.com/geopolitics/anti-china-propaganda-should-china-retaliate/

(ok, tell you the truth, I did see a woman smack her husband on the nose a few weeks back in Hainan.’twas a good one too.. quality right cross.. 😉 – but really – I’ve never felt threatened or in danger, not once in six years, whether daytime or anytime of night, China’s pretty darn safe!)

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Now.. umm.. where was I? Ah yes.. ‘human rights’, ‘authoritarianism’.. blah..

If you’re planning a visit to China, or are concerned in any way about the ‘human rights’ record – Let me set a record straight and put your mind at rest – In six years of living in China I haven’t seen one single instance of infringements on human rights, anywhere.

I remember arriving in Guilin, getting a taxi from the airport and just sitting in downtown Guilin to catch my breath. I rolled a cigarette and got a coffee easy enough, and I just sat, and watched: ‘Ok China – let’s have a look at you’.. At no point did I feel any ‘culture shock’, I felt safe, welcome, comfortable, ‘at home’.. .. I fell in love with China instantly.. I’ve never felt more personal freedom, never felt safer, and never been happier.

Perhaps significantly, I accepted China completely – as China is, I’ve never tried to create a ‘little island of England’ in China. There’s an old saying, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.. Update: when in China – Be Chinese!
Be happy!

— Barrie Best China Info

In over six years of living and working in China I’ve never seen , heard of or felt ‘the hand of authoritarianism’, not seen one single shred of inhumane treatment of people – not once, not anywhere. 

— ChinaBazzar

Oh yeah.. and I’ve spent time in Guangxi, Bama, Baise, Nanning, Guilin, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhangjiajie, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Nanning, Hainan, Haikou, Haitang Bay, Sanya, Hohhot, Nei Menggu, (Inner Mongolia) Xiamen and I have friends all over China in Kunming, Dali, Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing, Tibet, Sichuan and Xinjiang, including people like the widely respected Jerry Grey (twitter)  (read his articles here: bestchinainfo.com/guest-posts/jerrygrey  who’ve travelled extensively through Xinjiang – So I’ve got quite a broad perspective and many valued and trusted opinions to enquire of, and they would concur with what I’m saying.


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Six years now living very happily and very safely and free as a man could wish to be right here in China! Best move I ever made, never regretted a second. I’ve experienced kindness, hospitality and friendliness every single day. China is my home and my joy. Happyhappykuaile! 

p.s. I am man who questions things; a man who is no fan of infringements on freedom, or authoritarianism, control, elitism, injustice, or inhumane treatment of humans or our fellow creatures and I’m very happy living in China! Go figure.

p.p.s I’m not paid to write this, nor am I paid for my feelings, experience or thoughts – I’m writing as I feel and as I find, from my heart and from my experiences.

Ok. Dogs. Dog meat.

There’s a lot of hoo-ha bandied around about China and dog meat.. well.. yes, dog meat is sometimes eaten in China. As horse meat is eaten in France. Muslims don’t eat pork. Does that make yanks or Brits a terrible race for having a bacon sandwich? There is a type of dog which is kept, just as any other ‘stock animal’ is kept, for meat.

I’m sure on occasion there are people who treat animals barbarically, in China, just as in any other country. But! I can assure you that I haven’t seen any bad treatment of animals, and that the Chinese government is opposed to inhumane treatment of animals and human beings, and there is now a ban on wild animals being traded or sold for meat. 

I can also tell you that I’ve never seen dogs, ‘regular dogs’, family pet variety, of all breeds, more loved, well-cared for, or better trained than anywhere in the world than right here in China. Seriously. 

So, the real question is this: Where do you draw the line if you eat meat? Perhaps we shouldn’t eat anything we wouldn’t be prepared to raise or catch and kill ourselves? (Does that go for vegetables?)
I was eating camel meat just t’other day at a beer festival..(tasted a bit like lamb crossed with chicken – a smidge on the fatty side..)

I remember when I had decided to move to China, and told friends, a few of them, people I considered to be cognisant, intelligent beings were taken aback, actually worried about my decision! I was surprised at their reaction. ‘Why?’ I asked.. ‘Human rights’ came back the usual reply; almost as if regurgitating whatever claptrap the western msm had fed them.

— Barrie V https://twitter.com/BestChinaInfo

Again, I couldn’t understand. I’m very (deeply) interested in and aware of history, current affairs and geopolitics and follow news with a system of cross-referencing and fact checking rather than taking anything at ‘face-value’.. (Though I was once ‘fooled’ by western propaganda) Suffice to say I was nonplussed and carried onward regardless!
So happy I did!

I can tell you that western mainstream media and news representation of China and human right issues is 99.999999% bullcrap. 

I write with the intention and hope to increase positive understanding of China, and Chinese people, while strengthening bonds of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the world..

— Barrie V https://twitter.com/BestChinaInfo

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5 thoughts on “Is China safe? Yes! China is not your enemy!

  1. I agree about the safety, I’ve been here 16 years and have actually seen a few fist fights in my time here. However, here’s the interesting thing. They all involved foreigners. Seems the Chinese are easily riled up by a foreign face! No, I’m kidding, the foreigners get into the cheap drink, cause a ruckus, often involving girls, or insults about the government. As soon as you start flirting with someone’s girlfriend, you’re going to get into trouble and if you criticise the leadership, I guarantee you’re going to have a hard time getting out of that bar without a black eye. Chinese people become very defensive toward external criticism.
    With those two exceptions, I absolutely agree. You’re not going to meet any problems in China, and certainly not with the police. As a very important ambassador once said of Chinese laws: no one is locked up for not doing anything.

    1. Hi Jerry!
      Many thanks again for a valuable and much appreciated comment.
      Yeah I get that, in self-defence, or defence of loved ones, sure Chinese people will step in and strike back if necessary!
      I recall an incident in my first few months in China when a Chinese woman ran into me from behind and knocked me off my bike.. no major damage done, and as I got up and hobbled over to her to see if she was ok (she’d come off her bike too) I became aware of quite a few Chinese, as if out of nowhere, ‘on the perimeter..’ not interfering, but ‘watchful’; – I knew, if I’d been the kind of guy to go off of one and start ranting at the woman, or worse, they would have stepped in. Actually, I found this reassuring! Knowing that Chinese people will ‘defend’, themselves, and each other, when necessary. p.s. The woman was ok, and apologised, and we went on our separate ways.. 😉

      1. 不,Barrie,在人权方面我不认同你的观点!
        中国的确存在人权问题!
        种族歧视非常严重! 😒😡
        我对你一直以来忽视这点感到非常的失望😞

        中国有56个民族,其中55个都没有太大的问题,但是有一个民族一直遭到歧视,种族灭绝和不公平待遇!
        很不幸,我就是这个民族的。😣😭🤐😰😡😡
        在美国,非裔,亚裔,虽然在现实中可能会遭到歧视,但至少法律上是平等的!

        但在中国,法律规定每个学校的食堂都可以给予55个民族优待,比如学校被强制要求提供清真窗口,供回族学生吃饭,尽管有些学校可能一个年级也没有一个回族学生,所以很多其他民族学生去回族餐口打饭,然而以我的小学为例,学校竟然以“方便管理”为理由,不同意我和我们民族的学生去回族窗口打饭!
        这是一个小细节,却能反应出学校和社会对我们民族的忽视!

        我知道我们民族不为人知,人口数量很小,历史浅薄,但这是不对的!

        中国的法律荒唐至极!

        法律规定,除了我们民族的其他55个民族在中考(考高中)的时候可以毫无条件在原本分数上加上5分,你觉得5分很少,可是中国人很多,好学校录取名额有限!1分在全省意味着成百上千个名次,5分意味着至少5000个名次!
        你可能觉得这很过分,可还有更过分的!
        中国法律规定,除了我们民族以外的其他55个民族在高考(考大学的时候)可以在原本分数上加20以上,最多50分!,这可是中国的SAT考试!却可以准许除了我们民族以外的其他民族加上50分!如果一个人加了50分,他甚至可以超出总分!50分在全省意味着至少6000个名次!

        倘若之前是忽视和无心的,
        这就是赤裸裸的歧视!毫无道理!法律甚至允许!

        这只是其中一部分优惠政策,还有很多其他政策,比如找工作,考公务员,其他55个民族都会有各种优惠待遇。

        举个我身边的例子,我们民族的一个学长在郑州大学,他努力了6年,刻苦学习才考上的大学,他的下铺是一个新疆考生,维吾尔族人,比他低了200多分却可以在同一个屋檐下学习!更重要的是,他是合法,正式录取的本科生!由于多种优惠政策累加,根据人数计算,他的分数确实达到了该民族被郑州大学录取的分数线。。。😓😏🙄
        (你不必怀疑中国高考的公平性,数据是完全透明公开,全程监督,而且和刑法挂钩的)
        这还不是种族歧视吗?
        为什么你们这些“正义”“真理”之人不说一说这个问题?!
        😡🤮🥵🥶💩

        我们民族被限制生育,一家一户只能有一个孩子!
        这是种族灭绝!
        就连我们民族仅有的文化也成了敏感词!唯一一个纪念我们民族服饰的节日,却因为“56个民族团结”,不能提及我们民族的名字,必须统称“中华民族服饰日”
        无论是蒙古还是维吾尔族,哈萨族人,他们在学校可以自由选择本民族语言或者普通话,我们呢?!我们被强制要求只能学习普通话和英文!
        这是文化灭绝!

        太让我失望了

        你可能想知道我是哪个民族的?虽然我觉得你可能根本没听说过我们这个民族,因为,我们民族人口数量很小,历史浅薄,文化不入流且落后

        是的,我是汉族人,我们民族也就十几亿人口,汉文化作为中华文明重要的一部分,曾经是主体,至少有4000年历史,极大影响了整个东亚,形成了汉文化圈,与古希腊罗马文明一起为东西方两大文明,被国际历史学家认可,汉族人在中国大部分都有分布,占有很多优势教育资源……

        我不管!
        中国政府就是搞种族歧视,种族灭绝,尽管就像人口比例一样,至少92%的官员自己就是汉族人
        什么,这种政策是汉族人主持制订的???🤔😂

        中国竟然歧视我们汉民族!
        真相了!中国最大、严重、唯一的种族歧视竟然是中国政府、汉族官员歧视、灭绝占比接近92%的最大的民族汉族人!
        原来是我自己歧视我自己!
        😂😂😂😂😂

        能不能复制此段对话到其他地方 😂
        如果有谁需要也可以拿走

    2. 谢谢您的发言,作为一个中国人,我想大概说说为什么会这样😂
      我认为主要原因要分成两个时间段,一个是大概2016年以前,一个是大概2016年之后。

      首先是2016年之前,很多中国群众普遍的想法是:“我们是发展中国家,很贫穷。外国人来的肯定是在国内混不下去的才过来。”
      加上很多媒体报道的各种新闻事件类似:
      “某美国黑人混混来中国后月薪上万,无数中国美女追求!”
      或者
      “三白人游客在某景区公然插队,辱骂国人,傲慢无比!”
      或者
      类似之前的一个大事,就是有外国人举报,联合媒体爆料很多外国人借非法中介在中国谋职英语老师,然后猥亵学生,校方压制事件热度

      这几个都是真实的新闻,这种事情当然会有,未必会有很多,都是不同领域的,但共同点是在中国传播很广泛 😂
      所以很多中国人,特别是基层群众对于外国人,尤其是卷入一些事件的外国人很敏感 😂。
      比如之前也有个事情,一个美国人在郑州撞了一个大妈,没有道歉而且还打骂了她,围观群众十分愤怒。
      现场媒体采访的时候,围观愤怒人群在街道示威怒吼,把那个外国人的车堵的严严实实,堵了好几个小时,警方来了也没什么用。
      这个视频在中国网站bilibili播放量近30 billion,评论区全是愤怒和叫好声😂

      2016年后,实际上2010年后就已经不大一样了,川普上台后,中国人眼中,美国变得似乎“魔幻”起来,打破了很多人的认知,很多底层群众心中伟大而且美好的美国似乎破碎了,后来又有疫情的胜利,加之90后,00后年轻人长大了,他们从小见证的是中国的飞速发展,民族文化教育也在新一代人身上显露出成果,所以新一代的中国人无论是自信心,民族认同,爱国情感都比老一代更强,他们觉得西方人非常傲慢无知,而且特别是近些年来,他们发现西方人对于中国的认知是狭隘和偏见的。老一辈人原来非常崇尚的西方“自由民主”,在见到了美国在很多地方的接连失利后,新一代人对国家制度,民族文化很自信,不再迷信,甚至反对吹嘘赞扬西方了(近几年中国全网的几乎所有年轻人都在反对“公知“和吹嘘西方自由民主的人,称他们为“慕洋犬“)左翼势力抬头,喜欢苏联的人越来越多,反美情绪很高 😂
      所以年轻人极其反对政府优待外国留学生的政策,认为这是可耻的,不公平的,近些年反留学生思想有些严重 😂
      加之贸易战,南海争端,华为事件后,很多国人意识到中国政府被西方排挤孤立,所以重新审视以美国为首的反华国家。
      这次新疆事件后,再次让很多国人感到诧异和愤怒。举个例子,我的一个学文科的朋友今天和我一起吃饭,我们聊天时谈到了漫画《黑塔利亚》(日本漫画,泡面番,非政治,每个国家都被动漫化成为一个角色,可以查一下。其中有几个不当的情节曾引起中国粉丝怀疑)
      她非常激动和遗憾的告诉我说自从新疆事件之后她开始对《黑塔利亚》不感兴趣了,每次看到那些萌萌哒的漫画人物,想起他们所代表国家在现实对于中国的抹黑和排挤,让她感到无比愤怒。我也很难过,劝她不必太愤怒,国外的人民也是被他们的媒体和政府所隐瞒的……
      之前还有一些外国人来中国当视频博主,靠着博取观众好感度赚钱,比如大喊几声“我爱中国”“中国真好”之类的,后来被发现在外网辱骂中国人,引起网民愤慨……

      看到这里也许你会觉得中国人非常反外,其实不是的,只是很多人见过或者看到报道素质不高的外国人做过不好的事情,还有就是外媒对中国的抹黑让中国人感到厌烦,甚至习以为常了,可能会对你抱有保留和警惕态度。事实上,中国人对友好的外国人格外友好,因为中国民众希望能有人说说真相。
      之前有好几个外国美女博主来中国受到了中国人格外好的待遇的,比如有一个美女博主迷路了,一位路过的中国女生给她引路,怕她担心自己会不安全(事实上不会有任何问题,我打赌如果是那位中国女生自己发生这种事根本不怎么在意 😂)专门把她送到了旅馆。
      如果不讨论政治问题,中国人会很友好的 😃😉😍

  2. 针对Jerry的观点,我来谈谈为什么会这样。
    我认为主要原因要分成两个时间段,一个是大概2016年以前,一个是大概2016年之后。

    首先是2016年之前,很多中国群众普遍的想法是:“我们是发展中国家,很贫穷。外国人来的肯定是在国内混不下去的才过来。”
    加上很多媒体报道的各种新闻事件类似:
    “某美国黑人混混来中国后月薪上万,无数中国美女追求!”
    或者
    “三白人游客在某景区公然插队,辱骂国人,傲慢无比!”
    或者
    类似之前的一个大事,就是有外国人举报,联合媒体爆料很多外国人借非法中介在中国谋职英语老师,然后猥亵学生,校方压制事件热度

    这几个都是真实的新闻,这种事情当然会有,未必会有很多,都是不同领域的,但共同点是在中国传播很广泛 😂
    所以很多中国人,特别是基层群众对于外国人,尤其是卷入一些事件的外国人很敏感 😂。
    比如之前也有个事情,一个美国人在郑州撞了一个大妈,没有道歉而且还打骂了她,围观群众十分愤怒。
    现场媒体采访的时候,围观愤怒人群在街道示威怒吼,把那个外国人的车堵的严严实实,堵了好几个小时,警方来了也没什么用。
    这个视频在中国网站bilibili播放量近30 billion,评论区全是愤怒和叫好声😂

    2016年后又不大一样了,川普上台后,美国变得似乎“魔幻”起来,打破了很多中国人的认知,很多底层群众心中伟大而且美好的美国似乎破碎了,后来又有疫情的胜利,加之90后,00后年轻人长大了,他们从小见证的是中国的飞速发展,民族文化教育也在新一代人身上显露出成果,所以新一代的中国人无论是自信心,民族认同,爱国情感都比老一代更强,他们觉得西方人非常傲慢无知,而且特别是近些年来,他们发现西方人对于中国的认知是狭隘和偏见的。老一辈人原来非常崇尚的西方“自由民主”,在见到了美国在很多地方的接连失利后,新一代人对国家制度,民族文化很自信,不再迷信,甚至反对吹嘘赞扬西方了(近几年中国全网的几乎所有年轻人都在反对“公知“和吹嘘西方自由民主的人,称他们为“慕洋犬“)左翼势力抬头,喜欢苏联的人越来越多,反美情绪很高 😂
    所以年轻人极其反对政府优待外国留学生的政策,认为这是可耻的,不公平的,近些年反留学生思想有些严重 😂
    加之贸易战,南海争端,华为事件后,很多国人意识到中国政府被西方排挤孤立,所以重新审视以美国为首的反华国家。
    这次新疆事件后,再次让很多国人感到诧异和愤怒。举个例子,我的一个学文科的朋友今天和我一起吃饭,我们聊天时谈到了漫画《黑塔利亚》(日本漫画,泡面番,非政治,每个国家都被动漫化成为一个角色,可以查一下。其中有几个不当的情节曾引起中国粉丝怀疑)
    她非常激动和遗憾的告诉我说自从新疆事件之后她开始对《黑塔利亚》不感兴趣了,每次看到那些萌萌哒的漫画人物,想起他们所代表国家在现实对于中国的抹黑和排挤,让她感到无比愤怒。我也很难过,劝她不必太愤怒,国外的人民也是被他们的媒体和政府所隐瞒的……
    之前还有一些外国人来中国当视频博主,靠着博取观众好感度赚钱,比如大喊几声“我爱中国”“中国真好”之类的,后来被发现在外网辱骂中国人,引起网民愤慨……

    看到这里也许你会觉得中国人非常反外,其实不是的,只是很多人见过或者看到报道素质不高的外国人做过不好的事情,还有就是外媒对中国的抹黑让中国人感到厌烦,甚至习以为常了,可能会对你抱有保留和警惕态度。事实上,中国人对友好的外国人格外友好,因为中国民众希望能有人说说真相。
    之前有好几个外国美女博主来中国受到了中国人格外好的待遇的,比如有一个美女博主迷路了,一位路过的中国女生给她引路,怕她担心自己会不安全(事实上不会有任何问题,我打赌如果是那位中国女生自己发生这种事根本不怎么在意 😂)专门把她送到了旅馆。你可能觉得这是偶然,但其实这种事情我见到很多外国博主都讲过。

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