The perception of China has always been quite controversial. Amid the recent coronavirus pandemic and the country’s growing economic and geopolitical tensions with the rest of the world, this topic has become even more divisive. Many people find it hard to reconcile conflicting or sometimes opposed views about the country, no matter which camp you choose.
Much of the confusion stems from a simple mind game played deliberately by the Chinese Communist Party on the western public. It boils down to a clever trick of words, simple yet with profound implications.
Let’s examine two conflicting sets of arguments.
The hawkish set goes something like this:
China steals jobs and technologies from the US and its western allies.
China engages in unfair trade practices with its trading partners.
China employs predatory debt instruments in its belt-and-road initiative.
China ships fentanyl to the US and creates an opioid crisis there.
China is hostile to its neighbors and bullies its trading partners.
China habitually dishonors its international commitments to Hong Kong, human rights, and environmental protection.
China seeks to supplant the US as the dominant world hegemon.
The second set, with a more dovish tone, sounds like this:
China is a peace-loving nation and has a tradition of non-confrontation.
China contributes to global prosperity by providing growth and a big consumer market for everything from shoes to electric cars.
China commits to be a responsible player in the global community.
China shares the same aspirations for democracy and the rule of law as western societies.
Both sets of statements can be simultaneously accurate. How so? Well, the confusion comes from the meaning of China. If you would replace the subject in the first set with the Communist government or the CCP and the latter with the Chinese people, everything starts to make a lot of sense.
The crux of the issue is the CCP never really speaks in the representation of the Chinese people, nor does it have the legitimate authority to do so. The people do not choose it through any democratic process. And it has no genuine interest in advancing the wellbeing of the Chinese people. Its only interest is to stay in power and eliminate anyone who gets in the way, domestic or foreign.
Using the word China in places where the Chinese government is a much more appropriate term, the Chinese communist party seeks to conceal its malicious intentions and disguise its actions as legitimate aspirations of the innocent Chinese people. Whenever the CCP government comes under attack, it sneaks behind this fictitious shield and defends its actions in the name of the 1.4 billion Chinese.
Let us not forget the CCP seized power 70 years ago using military force on the then legitimate government of the Republic of China. It promised the Chinese people ownership of land, private property rights, and voting rights, none of which is ever delivered, not to this day. What it has perpetrated on its people are endless exploitation, persecution, and deaths. We will discuss more on this aspect in our future episodes.
Another often misdrawn parallel is one between the CCP and the Nazi Party. While there are striking similarities in nationalist ideology and deceptive propaganda tactics, the Nazi Party came to power through a democratic election. On the contrary, the CCP took control by waging a brutal civil war on its people and usurping a legitimate government. What makes this analogy even more off-base is it fails to recognize that the CCP regime is on the order of magnitude worse than the Nazis in terms of its cruelty, corruption, and decadence. While historians and popular media well document the Nazi crimes against humanity, the CCP has managed to keep its crimes primarily out of public scrutiny. In our future episodes, we will attempt to expose the hideous crimes committed by the CCP against its members and the Chinese people at large.
So, next time you hear a comment about China from a media host, a politician, or a businessman, be sure to pause for a second and ponder what that reference to China means. I promise you will find a level of clarity never experienced before.
Love China or hate China? Public emotions are running high worldwide as the tensions rise between China and the rest of the world over trade issues, COVID origin, and threats of military confrontation. At this critical time, it is critical that we keep our emotions in check and always ask who we should be hating and who we should be loving and protecting.
Enemies worldwide are counting on the misguided public emotions and hatred across ethnic or racial lines to achieve their agenda of tyranny over the working class, regardless of whether you are in China or a western democracy. So please, let us stay informed and stay free together!