by Christopher Balding @baldingsworld.com
一個長期對北京審查制度、經濟和貿易政策、以及大規模監視科技頗有微詞的外籍教授 Christopher Balding，因爲大家心知肚明的原因，失去了他在北京大學深圳校區商學院的教職。 在離開之際 Balding 在自己的博客上寫下了他的一些感想和總結。
Watching the change first hand while diving into the data and being able to write about it has been a profound privilege and honor. I felt a profound responsibility to get it right and tell you what I was seeing and hearing.
在 Balding 去過的多個國家中，他感覺中國是最獨特的一個：
Other countries have been to in Asia, developed and developing, and even Africa seem less disorienting and culturally dissimilar. This is both exhilarating, exciting, frustrating, amusing and tiring. My wife and I would frequently joke that every day you lived in China you would see something you had never seen before.
There is a complete and utter lack of respect for the individual or person in China. People do not have innate value as people simply because they exist… This leads most directly to a lack of respect for the law/rules/norms… They are ignored quietly so as not to embarrass the enforcer, however, frequently, the enforcer knows rules or laws are being ignored but so long as the breaker is not egregious, both parties continue to exist in a state of blissful ignorance.
他也談到自己的母國 —— 美國，認爲美國的核心價值需要被捍衛，不管是國家或個人都應該堅守原則，而不是淪落到互相比爛 (whataboutism)：
What results from tribal fighting is an erosion of principles where sides fight over who is worse or less bad rather than fighting to uphold principles.
In China, there are very few people who I witness live a testament of their belief… Foreigners in China in positions of influence who claim to believe in human rights but collaborate with the Party to deny Chinese citizens rights need to answer for their actions. I have little idea what people in China believe but I know that if the Party ever falls, there will be more than a billion more people claiming they were closet democracy advocates.
One of my biggest fears living in China has always been that I would be detained… I know I am blessed to make it out.
China is a rising power but probably more importantly is a deeply illiberal, expansionist, authoritarian, police state opposed to human rights, democracy, free trade, and rule of law… The rise of China represents a clear and explicit threat not to the United States but to the entirety of liberal democracy, human rights, and open international markets.