Re: Self-sustaining Mars colony?
Not what he was saying (I don't think). Just a lot less moaning and hand-wringing when things go wrong, since the Chinese control the media and the tone of the debate.
In the West, there would be public outcries and debates to cancel the whole project if someone stubbed their toe in the training process. In China, they'd likely never hear about it. And if that guy made a stink, he'd disappear in favor of someone else.
While the volunteers in either system would have to be all of the things you mentioned, the Chinese guy may be a little less likely to make waves over harsh conditions or 'we think it will work' safety plans...
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