One hears of sporadic unrest through China, I take the economy hasn’t yet faltered so people aren’t too disgruntled.
I take it this qualifies as “Interesting Times”
In fact, what I have sensed is that there is certain fraction of the general public wants the government to take more drastic measures, and quickly.
Of course, in the West, we don't admit the CCP as truly rightful rulers of China for many reasons, but mainly because they're not democratically elected. There is no refusing, there is no dissent. The Chinese aren't dumb, they see that too, but they see it as the price you pay for orderliness. And maybe it is? This, coincidentally, is also used to justify censorship: it is the price you pay for running a large society effectively. And maybe it is. We see censorship on our side of the world too, in the name of combatting fake news, child pornography and terrorism.... Exactly how you justify it in China.
The CCP's largest issues all stem from not truly being of the people and thus lacking that pressure valve: unchecked corruption, and an inability to uphold ethical standards. We've seen this with authoritarian regimes time and time again, with the Nazis, with the Soviet, and now with the CCP.
This was a rant about nothing, thanks for reading.
The chances of mainlanders being inspired by this is zero. Most seem to want to see the protesters disappear, and I don’t mean just going home and giving up.
People seem to love hyping up the idea that the young people in China will “wake up” and want democracy, free speech, etc. It’s going in the opposite direction and fast.
There are hundreds of small riots happening all around China nearly every month.
I don't think this will make a difference, unless it happens in numbers comparable to number you see in HK.
Paradoxically, Xi's rule saw less riots than during Hu's term, when "something serious" was going on almost monthly.
Each time the national government has stepped in and supported the protestors.