Many westerners—and Chinese—prefer not to look at the crimes committed by their own governments. But the person who will not look, cannot see. If you refuse to look, how can you possibly know what crimes your government have committed? (Especially if your government forbids all criticism of its policies and actions.)
Some Chinese people feel a sense of guilt for the atrocities which have been committed by their own government (e.g. see Wealth, Inequality and Poverty in China). And because they have been led to believe that the People are the Party, whenever the Communist Party is criticised, they come to the Party’s defence in order to save face. But they should not feel guilty because the Chinese People are not the Party.1
In 1978, the Communist Party of China (CPC or CCP) began to adopt capitalism; the country would have collapsed if they did not.2 (For the reasons why see "Part 1: Prices and Markets" in Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell and The Government Against the Economy by George Reisman. Price controls and government ownership of the means of production cannot work as an economic system. And because communism does not work communist governments must oppress their citizens to remain in power. See here.)3
The CCP does everything in its power to stop anyone questioning their version of history (see The CCP Didn’t Fight Imperial Japan; the KMT Did)4 and it does not allow ethnic Chinese (whether in China or oversees) to publicly criticise any of its policies or actions5 (for examples see Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton). But despite this, the world as a whole, is beginning to wake-up to CCP Propaganda.6
Now I understand that it would not be wise for the CCP to introduce freedom of speech overnight (otherwise they risk destabilising the country and being imprisoned for crimes committed against their own people, see here); but perhaps they could attempt to introduce freedom of speech one issue at a time. Because of tensions between the Chinese government and the Uighurs in Northwest China, freedom of religion would be a good place to begin. (See here. The Chinese government realises it has a very big problem (see The Third Choice); but China cannot continue to treat the Uighurs as they have been, and not reap the consequences. See China vs Islam.)
The following are the most interesting (and often concerning) videos about China (and it's influence) that I could find.
1. Most of the crimes committed by the Party have been committed against the Chinese people. See here.
3. If you are Chinese, and you want to safeguard your countries economic future, read Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Thomas Sowell. It is available in Chinese.
4. See also A Chinese Teacher QUESTIONED the Communist Party. It ended badly... Many many people were killed in the Nanjing Massacre, but the figures may not be as high as the CCP has made out. See here.
5. The CCP is constantly trying to correct the problems they create, and in trying to correct those problems, usually make them worse. The following is one such example. China’s Going to Force You To Have Sex
6. What happens to me if I publicly criticise a policy my government has implemented? Nothing! Free people can criticise their own government. Without freedom of speech, people simply aren't free. We in the west are free at the moment, but there are people in the west who are trying to destroy freedom of speech, namely radical Muslims, the hard left, and CCP supporters. (Some unwittingly. See Who are the CCP Shills? The CCP's foreign propaganda army! For examples of how some non-Muslims (and some Muslims) have helped radical Muslims spread the myth that non-Muslims are treated as equals under Islamic law, see The Third Choice by Mark Durie. For an example of how the left is trying to stop views they disagree with from being expressed in public, see here. For how they are using conservative politicians to their advantage, see here.)
7. The fellas who make ADVChina were very pro Chinese, and still think very highly of the Chinese people. See here. They believe that in recent years China has changed for the worse. I value their opinion as they've seen more of China than most Chinese ever will.