'China offers vital alternative to West'

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US filmmaker: Beijing can help ensure ‘global pluralism’

NEW YORK – “China is not perfect”, but it is an alternative to a world dominated by the West, said US filmmaker Andre Vltchek.

Vltchek, who is also a novelist and political analyst, has been discovering places that are rarely covered by the mainstream Western media, and exposing disparities in today’s world.

One of his articles, titled The West Perfecting its Techniques to Hurt China, was recently translated and published in People’s Daily, a major Chinese newspaper.

“The West has absolutely no interest in human rights in China or anywhere else. How could it, considering that it is violating them on basically all continents, worldwide?” he wrote in the commentary posted a year ago on Znet, a website focusing on politics from a left-wing perspective.

Vltchek told China Daily in a recent interview that he still holds the same views today.

A naturalized US citizen born in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union, Vltchek grew up in what used to be Czechoslovakia before coming to New York at a young age to study film.

Vltchek believes that the complicated mix of blood that flows in his veins and his friends from different races and cultures, common to many US immigrants, has made him what he is today.

Currently producing a film for the United Nations on the world’s biggest refugee camp, Dadaab, in Kenya, Vltchek has traveled to and worked in more than 140 countries.

He was a war correspondent in the 1980s and 1990s and reported from conflicts in countries including Bosnia, Peru, Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and East Timor.

“If the world did not have China, there would be no alternative left,” he said.

“China is not perfect. But it is the most peaceful big nation on Earth.”

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