|From Voice of America:|
"As China marks the 60th anniversary of the communist state on October 1, it celebrates the realization of some significant goals, such as improved living standards for many of the country's more than one billion people. But challenges remain, such as the Chinese Communists' early vision of democracy.
China has reason to celebrate. The country still basks in the glow of last year's successful Olympic Games. And, in a global economic slump, China remains one of the world's bright spots.
Chinese media expert Rebecca MacKinnon says the People's Republic of China has helped raise the country's global stature.
"If you look at the goals of the [Communist] revolution as 'China will stand up, China will be respected by the international community, China will become a powerful force in the world, it will throw off foreign domination' - it succeeded in that," she said.
China's Communist government follows what it calls "socialism with Chinese characteristics," which includes a market economy, with considerable state control..."
...China's economic development has been breathtaking, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty in the past 30 years. Health Minister Chen Zhu says the country also has made huge health care advances in the past 60 years.
Chen says China now has a health care system that covers both urban and rural areas. He says the country also has raised its capacity to prevent and control diseases.
The official says China's major health indicators, such as life expectancy and infant mortality, have improved dramatically, and now make it one of the leading countries in the developing world."
Gone are the days when merely the mention of the word 'Communism' caused some to head for the backyard bunker. Yes, the Chinese people are still under the weighty thumb of their government, but then, aren't the citizens of the United States subject to having our government eavesdrop on our phone conversations?
Go on and celebrate.