Sometimes, we get tired of hearing the sound of our own voice. Er, reading the sound of our own…prose? Anyway, the point is, we’re introducing a new series here at ChinaGeeks. Every now and then, when an interesting question occurs to us, we’re just going to pose it to you, the reader.
Today’s Question: Do Foreigners Matter?
More and more people outside the PRC are paying attention as the country grows stronger each year. More people are studying Chinese, and more people are traveling to China for fun, study, and work. But do these people — including many of us — really matter to China as a nation? That is to say, are our opinions about China worth listening to? Can we influence the development of China in any way? Expats make up such a small percentage of the Chinese population that they’re rarely even listed in demographic surveys. On the other hand, if foreigners can’t have any effect on China, why do they keep banning us from going to Tibet?
Feel free to approach the question or interpret it as you see fit, however, please try to keep your responses ON TOPIC.