I disagree with your Chinese character reduction.<quoted text>
the current pollution can not be directly compared to what happened in England because of their vastly different Scale, Extent, Character and Time.
yes, even the Time is different. this is 21st century. technology is NOT the same as the old times of industrial revolution in England. modern tech. is able to control industrial pollution much better, it is only because of the corrupt Chinese regime's extreme carelessness about environment and extreme greed which is causing that kind of pollution in the 21st century.
China's pollution is much much much much much larger in scale as compared with England in the old times. it is affecting world wide climate change. causing more natural disasters everywhere including in Europe and America.
Chinese culture? are you talking about selfishness, cruelty, vanity and greed? that is the Chinese culture of today.
traditional Chinese culture? superstitions? how about Male preference. abortion and murdering of female babies even by their parents? this is what is happening in China.
Male preference came, as in any culture, with men being the predominate workers and fighters. Again this is another reference to how Western cultures were not so long ago.
You and I will abhor the slaughter of female babies; but then you and I are not in a Country that desperately tried to reduce its population whilst still maintaining the cultural male dominance. Ideally the people of China would have the one child only, in reality they are as human as everyone else. Do you really imagine Western people never discriminate against one sex or the other in children? they do. There have been numerous stories of a woman wanting either a boy or girl and either aborting or giving up for adoption the wrong sex; and more commonly continuing to have children until getting the required boy or girl. If we were restricted to only one child we would be much the same. China ought not to be derided for attempting to solve a potential population problem.