If you criticise the Chinese government many Chinese will take it personally. They will act as though your criticism of their government is a criticism of them. The Communist Party of China have successfully managed to convince many Chinese that any criticism of the Party is a criticism of the people and is therefore viewed by many Chinese as being racist.
This is strange. If people criticise my government, I do not feel like it is a criticism of me personally. I may even join in the criticism because I know the only way to correct a problem with any government policy is to first draw attention to it.
Confession is not a weakness, it’s a strength.
How can a people or a government improve if they are not willing to listen to criticism and admit to their mistakes? Is it painful to admit to mistakes? It can be. But “with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).