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I’ll give you space and military (because apart from China and Russia nobody cares about spending money like you guys on that) but you are dead wrong about the cultural aspect. American films are few in China (no more than five per Quarter are running in movie theaters) and France has, just like Britain, Germany and every other country on earth a vibrant cultural scene. The point is that you are just not aware of it. You think that because you see so few foreign films, hear so little foreign music, see so few foreign art, that it must be the same everywhere else. It is not. The rest of the world has in fact a richer culture because they mix theirs with yours. You have one, they have one plus at least one and probably two or three others. The only thing America has more of is money and that is changing.

You are also wrong about the mimicking part but that’s too big an area to elaborate on for me. I have spent years living in both the US and China (and Europe) and I can assure you that, apart from politics, the average person on the street has vastly more freedom in China. If you don’t believe me feel free to come visit me in Shanghai and I’ll give you a beer and a book calling Mao the devil and we’ll jaywalk across a highway right in front of a cop while eating Kinder Ueberaschung. Meanwhile, if you really want to learn about China, I’ll recommend The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules by Richard McGregor.

(I live in China, have lived a long time in the US and Europe and think I am thus qualified to actually compare what it’s like. To me, every country in the world has problems but the ones you outlined are misconceptions.)

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