One of the fundamental cultural differences between China and the United States, is that Chinese culture places a high value on education and knowledge, whereas American culture not so much. In China, the "nerds" or high achieving students, the smart kids, are very well respected and admired. Whereas in the US, "nerds" are bullied and looked down upon by society. Whereas Chinese culture appreciates the pursuit of knowledge, American culture pulls it down. This has been the case even before the "woke cultural revolution", but is becoming even more so, as Chinese academia is being dominated by STEM, while American academia is being dominated by SJW and the beurocracy.
The Chinese educational culture, while it maybe criticized for it's over emphasis on passing exams, and being extremely strict and difficult for students, doesn't have any problems of the American educational culture. I mean bullying the smart kids, teaching transgender ideology instead of academic subjects, calling math "racist", and teaching at the lowest common denominator level. What I mean by the last bit, teaching at the lowest common denominator level, is that the US schools drop down to the level of the slowest students, making everyone else bored and unfulfilled. This has been the case even before the "woke revolution" for God knows how long. Meanwhile in China the bar is raised much much higher. The work load for middle school students has been allegedly reported as not too different from that in American universities. Meaning that it is extremely rigorous and challenging, and not many students are able to keep up the pace. While that may sound unfair, it is an example of "tough love" which keeps people from becoming soft and weak, and forcing them to develop mental discipline and organization. I think that part of the reason why kids in the US are so lazy dopamine addicts is because they were bored and never challenged in school because American schools lower the bar down to the lowest common denominator. Even before all the woke stuff and the covid stuff, the average US school was an incredibly unpleasant place, due to this fact, and also because of the bullying and general culture of violence and delinquency.
These are important points, because having an educational culture like that will enable China to fulfill it's plans of becoming a high tech superpower in the future, whereas in the US ... not so much, unless they would be getting by hiring Indian engineers.