(Original post by internet tough guy)
'Scaremonging' makes it seem like he's making statements without sufficient evidence to back them up, but I don't think thats the case. If you look at history, every major power eventually callopses one way or another, and not in a pretty way either. What makes you think that China is immune from this? and tell me, when a country becomes ever more powerful, what do you think is the likelihood that it won't seek to 'expand' into other areas?
As for his sarcasm, well okay I'll give you that, he obviously wasn't being literal with what he's said, but honestly its no big deal. I see it all the time on television and life in general, people say things they don't genuinely believe for all sorts of reasons - saying something to prevent an awkward silence, I've lost count how many times I've done that myself. I really don't get where you're coming from with accusation that he's asserting his superiority over the Chinese through these apparent sarcastic and condescending remarks. I think he behaved reasonably respectful with people he interviewed, even dining with them while doing so.
Overall he probably does gives a somewhat less than rosy picture of China's present and future, but if what he's pointed out is fair and true (which I think you have to accept by and large), why are you so angry? Does the truth offend you? If the true nature is weighed more towards the negative, then I have no problem with this being presented.
Can you tell me why he needs to bring in European colonalism? I'm not an expert on this, but I do know that Hong Kong was colonised by Britain, I'm not aware of any other colonalism. Hong Kong was handed back very peacefully and successfully as well, What effect of colonalism on Chinese psyche do you speak of?
As for your question on what patriotism can acheive for a government, well again look at history: Germany, Japan, America, former USSR....I could on. You can't seriously tell me that patriotism has not had a major effect on each of those country's recent history. Take Japan, if their people weren't so stubbornly patriotic and had such a huge sense of superiority over foriegners, it could never have been capable of invading large parts of Asia nor would they have had the audacity to attack America during WW2. And I think you're quite naive in effective saying that China is not interested at all in any foreign military actions. Maybe not now while militarily they're still dwarfed by America and their allies, but I wouldn't be so sure they'll resist military action in the future if a) they're capable of it, and b) their interests are at stake.
Finally just out of curiousity, putting aside any bias, does it not creep you (even slightly) to see hundreds/thousands of people travelling long distances from the countryside just to see their flag raised at 6 in the morning?