Netizens say roadblocks to China's rise come from home

13:57, September 14, 2010      

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China still suffers setbacks in its rise as a world power despite the fact that it has overtaken Japan to become the world's second largest economy. On one hand, China has to deal with energy shortages and many other challenges, while the hegemony in the international community also frequently causes China much trouble.

The website www.huanqiu.com conducted a survey among netizens in order to find out if they thought the biggest challenge facing China's rise comes from home or abroad. The results show that 94 percent of respondents think the largest challenge comes from home.

The site launched the survey on Sept. 9, and as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 13, more than 10,000 netizens have voted. More than 9,600 respondents think that the biggest obstacle to China's rise comes from home, accounting for 94 percent of the total votes. Another 574 respondents, or 6 percent, believe the threat comes from abroad.

Among the major obstacles facing China's rise, netizens said corruption is the most daunting problem. One netizen stated, "China is now rife with bribery and corruption, and officials cover one another. This may deal a lethal blow to our country."

Others wrote, "The bribes officials received can send tens of thousands of children in impoverished areas to school. The corrupt officials are continually depleting our country."

There are also netizens who warned that bribery, inaction, abuse of power, and neglect of livelihood issues will result in an unstable society. They asked how China can rise under such circumstances.

Moreover, many netizens pointed out that there is a dire need for a solution to the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in China.

A netizen wrote, "Most of the rich people are senior executives of state-owned companies and real estate developers whose incomes are more than 100 times higher than ordinary people. We do a lot of work, but earn little money. This is very disappointing."
Others wrote, "The rich become richer, while the poor become poorer. China will not make any progress without solving the housing, healthcare, pension and education problems."

Many netizens take a contrary view, and believe the biggest obstacle to China's rise comes from abroad.

For example, some netizens wrote, "China should take a tough line on international hegemonies. We should not bow to foreign countries. If we are attacked, we will certainly fight back."

Other netizens said, "If our diplomatic policy for countries like the United States, which is rich and aggressive, remains unchanged, China's rise will only be a beautiful dream."

Some netizens also pointed out that China should address the current challenges from home and abroad seriously if it wants to rise.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:张洪宇)

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