China is becoming more and more lonely! With its fake statistics and its fake prosperity, it’s parading itself in front of a world that now sees it as a threat and an enemy. We may reluctantly accept our neighbour North Korea as a friend, but they’re not true friends and may fall out anytime. The friends that we bought with money in Africa are more like parasites — withhold your financial support from them and they’ll break their diplomatic ties with you. China is so lonely because of the corruption of some of its officials, and the backwardness of the political system that has left it incompatible with the international core values of democracy. If we don’t start embarking on political reform now, it will all be too late.
— Director and social commentator Song Zude on the loneliness of China [via]