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People's Daily Online conducted an interview with U.S. novelist and filmmaker Andre Vitchek, who recently wrote “The West Perfecting Its Techniques to Hurt China”, in which he criticized the role the Western press plays in bashing China. Below is the interview:
PD Online: In your opinion, what may be the best way for China to respond to the groundless accusation from the west?
Vitchek: It could respond by putting things into perspective. Use numbers, statistics, and facts. They are on your side. They accuse China of human rights violations? Publish statistics on how many millions the west killed after the WWII in wars, coups, and other terrible actions! Use examples like Bikini Atoll where the US performed nuclear experiment on poor people from the remote island. Write about Indonesian coup – 1-3 million killed and it was planned in Washington. Use 9-11-1973 in Chile. Or use example of Libya, bombing of Pakistan by drones, or use Congo.
Look at what happened with your high-speed train derailment. You know that the West hates your success in that field, because it demonstrated talent, daring and the success of central planning. Chinese reply to Western criticism was inadequate. Immediately after I wrote long commentary (unfortunately only very short version of it was published by the China Daily) where I compiled long list or train disasters and arrived to logical conclusion that there were more train accidents per capita and per journey in Germany, Spain, Italy (not to count India or Indonesia) than in China. And just because several German high-speed trains (ICE) derailed, it did not mean that Western or even Chinese media would have immediately called it cover-up or blamed it on political system (although in German case it would be appropriate because the tragedies happened at least partially as a result of privatization of the railroads). Two, I argued that even it one train per week would get derailed in China, it would still be saving hundreds of thousands of lives, because bad railroads and congested roads kill much more people, as is clear in Indonesia, Philippines and elsewhere.
So I think that certain doses of combativeness and assertive reporting is important in response to Western attacks.