Fake it 'til you make it
While I understand we have to do it sometimes to move things forward, I think China as a whole has a deeper problem of chasing the superficial objectives instead of being authentic.
From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_it_%27til_you_make_it
) article, this mental trick can be used to fight against depression. "In this case, the idea is to go through the routines of life as if one were enjoying them, despite the fact that initially it feels forced, and continue doing this until the happiness becomes real. This is an example of a positive feedback loop."
I wonder if it is because China had gone through such a "depressing" time before the end of 1970s -- the 1959-1961 famine and the Cultural Revolution. And for the past 30+ years, there is a hyper focus on short-term gains by any means necessary and this hyper focus has propelled China's economy forward. But at what costs and for how long? I think now is a good time to have that focus in long-term goals. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/college-cheating-iowa