China or RussiaThinking 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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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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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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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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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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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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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

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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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