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China or RussiaThinking about China and Russia's past and current political and...

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Posted July 30, 2011 at 3:27 AM via web

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China or Russia

Thinking about China and Russia's past and current political and economic situation which country would you rather be a citizen of or which one are better off.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2011 at 4:16 AM (Answer #2)

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This is a strange question.  Based on what I know about each country, though, I would probably choose Russia rather than China.  Both have been under Communist rule either presently or in the past, both have been oppressed, and both have suffered poverty.  However, China has put limits on the number of children born to each family.  China, even though they are rising as an economic power, still doesn't spread country-wide wealth to its citizens.  They are still oppressed, even though they may experience some additional personal freedoms as a result of financial growth.  Russia, although not a top-ranking financial power, does experience more individual freedoms.  I think I would rather have freedom to choose how many children I will have among other personal freedoms and be less financially well-off in Russia than be a citizen of China.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2011 at 9:08 AM (Answer #3)

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I'd rather be in China.  Russian society is just as repressive as that of China and its economy is worse.  Russia seems to be moving towards a very authoritarian and nationalistic system of government.  The idea of living in a country where journalists are killed for speaking out is more frightening than that of living in a country where people are jailed for speaking out.  When you add the fact that the Chinese economy is growing while the Russian economy is being pulled more tightly into the hands of the oligarchs, I can see little reason to prefer Russia to China.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM (Answer #4)

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I don't think it is possible to answer the question. In both Russia and in China, as in the United States and many other large, diverse countries, there is so much variation between the types of circumstances under which citizens live as to make a blanket assumption about which would be the best place to live impossible. There are enormous differences between economic and social classes in any of the above-mentioned countries; lifestyles would be impacted by geography in any of them; opportunities for personal freedoms and advancement (whatever that means) would vary greatly within any of the countries.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM (Answer #5)

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At this point, I think the Chinese are better off financially but Russians have more rights. China is booming economically, but still very totalitarian. Personal freedoms or few. Russia, on the other hand. Is having a difficult time controlling the criminal element.
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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 31, 2011 at 12:32 AM (Answer #6)

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There are definitely so many factors to consider. Even being an American citizen the quality of life is so vastly different for everyone depending on various circumstances. From my outside view point regarding both countries, I would say that I would rather be a citizen of China because crime seems relatively low in comparison to many other countries.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 31, 2011 at 5:04 AM (Answer #7)

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I'd prefer China, especially if I can specify Hong Kong. Russia is struggling more with economic problems than China--and their economic problems are of different sorts. An added personal attraction is that China is home of feng shui, Qigong, acupuncture and bithplace of the understanding of chi. China it is.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:09 AM (Answer #8)

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Yeeks.  That's hard to choose, as there are so many other places I would rather end up.  If I had to choose though, I would pick China, as their food supply (believe it or not) is more stable than Russia's, and there is some degree of economic and expressive freedom.  While the dictatorship is as harsh as ever, economic freedom has blossomed there, and the quality of life for many Chinese has vastly improved.

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