China! Too big to ignore and too alien to love, what can Americans do but hate it?
In the early 20th century, China was a humiliated opium addict occupied by Western countries, including the U.S. At the end of World War II, China was a shattered third world giant bracing for the biggest famine in recorded history. Later headlines told of a long-suffering country that was patiently fixing its problems as it steadily grew in power.
American capitalist tycoons began to cozy up to China as it transformed into a mecca for corporate whores looking for cheap labor, euphemistically called outsourcing. Stabbed in the back by their own leaders, ordinary American workers could do little but fume. Yet clever corporate propagandists simply insisted that what was best for Big Business was best for America.
But when the corporate plantation masters suddenly realized that China was about to eat them for lunch, you could almost feel the whiplash.
During his obscenely colorful term as pResident, Donald Trump all but declared war on China in a desperate attempt to curb the rising giant’s power. But Trump’s bid to hamstring China left him with egg on his face, aside from his vicious attack on Huawei, a Chinese high-tech star that manufactured the most popular smart phone in the world.
At the same time, the media have obediently stepped up their propaganda campaign, just as they’ve waged a war of words against other rising powers, or countries that simply refused to kowtow to the American Chamber of Commerce, from Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union to Iran and Libya.
We might recognize six major problems with the anti-Chinese media campaign.
- Some of China’s alleged problems are fabrications.
- Other Chinese problems are exaggerated.
- Even authentic problems are seldom put in their proper perspective.
- Ironically, some of China’s most serious problems are largely ignored.
- The media generally ignore some of the amazingly good things China is doing for the world.
- The United States’ problems—including its role in China’s alleged problems—are variously ignored or whitewashed.
Let me give you some examples…
1. The claim that COVID-19 was created in a laboratory in Wuhan, China is very likely a fabrication. There is powerful evidence that it was actually created in the research facilities at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Until proof is discovered, we also have to consider the possibility that the disease is natural, however.
2. The claim that China is committing “genocide” against the Uyghurs in the autonomous state of Xinjiang is almost certainly a lie as well. However, it could be considered an exaggeration, depending on how one defines genocide.
3. The tense relations between China and Taiwan are not a fabrication, and there may be little exaggeration as well. But how many Westerners know the history behind the story? How many know that neither the United Nations nor the U.S. regard Taiwan as a sovereign nation?
4. On the other hand, what about China’s penchant for building mega-dams around the world? What about its vast fishing fleets that roam the seas far from home?
For me, these rank among the most disturbing stories associated with China. So why do the Western media whores have so little to say about China’s environmental problems?
5. About those good things the media are ignoring…
China is giving Microsoft, Apple and Google some long overdue competition. While Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk evolve into gazillionaires, China’s government holds its billionaires accountable. And China may help Latin America finally escape from Yankee Imperialism.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
6. When pResident Donald Trump all but declared war against the Chinese mega-firm Huawei, the media told the public that Huawei’s 5G program and smart phone posed a global security risk.
Reality Check: U.S. technology has long ruled the world, and the U.S. has a long track record when it comes to spying on other countries.
And how many people know that U.S. troops joined European powers in occupying China in fairly recent history? The U.S. also took sides in China’s civil war, and China has long been besieged by U.S. spy planes and ships. So how many Chinese spy planes or ships do you think have visited the U.S. Pacific Coast?
Tough Choices ˆ
Before anyone labels me an apologist for China, let me point out that China is not my favorite country.
I would not want to live in China, largely because of its vast population and environmental problems.
In the foreign affairs arena, I would prefer a new world order led by Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez or Muammar Gaddafi.
Unfortunately, they’re all dead, one (or possibly two) of them murdered by Team USA. That leaves the planet in the hands of the U.S. and/or China, both of which are actually very similar in many respects.
In the end, I think a world ruled by the U.S. is doomed. A world ruled by China might take us down the same path, but what have we got to lose by trying something different? In the short term, China can certainly change the world for the better. The U.S. is nothing more than an anchor.
On another note, philosophy students might find this book of interest. Is democracy really better than authoritarianism, and is the U.S. really a democracy to begin with? How much freedom would you trade for security, and how much freedom have Americans already traded for their shallow Facebook friendships?
As you may know, Facebook is banned in China, along with Google and a lot of other websites I wish were banned in the U.S. as well. Some call it censorship, but I agree with those who argue that Google and Facebook are guilty of censorship, along with Orweillian surveillance and global bullying.
Ironically, China took Facebook’s “cancel culture” and put it to good use. 😉
New World Order ˆ
I saved the best for last.
For more than five hundred years, the world has been effectively ruled by white people at everyone else’s expense. Terms like “Third World country,” “developing nation” and “underdeveloped country” are almost synonymous with “non-white country.” China itself was once regarded as a Third World country.
During the early 20th century, a charismatic leader named Adolf Hitler threatened to upset the world order by turning Germany into an amazingly prosperous and powerful country. The Western powers unleashed World War II in an attempt to keep the Germans in their place.
However, the Chinese have gone far beyond Germany’s National Socialists. So intricate are China’s economic and technological relations with the U.S., some have begun calling the U.S. a Chinese colony. China could conceivably surpass the U.S. in power without even firing a shot.
Amazingly, the media almost never point out the fact that China threatens the old guard “White Power” regime.
And it isn’t just China. Japan and South Korea are among the other Asian countries that are flexing their muscles. Taiwan’s Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC) is the world’s most valuable semiconductor company.
China is also pumping money into Latin America and Africa, regions that have long been dominated and exploited by the West. China may have already altered the balance of power in the Middle East; the United States’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan was apparently forced by the need to reorient the U.S. military to fighting China.
Not to content to build valuable infrastructure, China is the only country on the planet that is doing it in the face of U.S. sanctions.
China is doing business with Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and Syria, all of which have been sanctioned by Wall Street. Shame on the United Nations and all the national governments that aren’t speaking out and fighting back against this outrageous behavior. By ignoring U.S. sanctions, China is striking a blow for universal freedom. Screw the Statue of Liberty, or better yet, relocate it to Shanghai.
Ironically, almost unbelievably, the U.S. still has lots of powerful allies, while China appears to be almost alone on the world stage.
Of course, U.S. alliances are often skin deep. Corrupt governments may align themselves with the U.S., and weak governments that are afraid of being bombed by the U.S. may also go along, but millions of ordinary citizens around the world hate the U.S.
As China’s power and—dare I say it?—goodness continue to win friends around the globe, governments will increasingly support China in many different ways. China will inevitably get more support in the United Nations, for example.
And it’s only a matter of time before countries begin openly siding with China, maybe even forming military alliances. In the end, we may be hard pressed to guess if that giant sucking sound is evidence of America’s collapsing economy or a stampede of former allies who are ready to embrace China.
This is not a big, densely worded book. Many middle schoolers could probably handle it.
I wanted to do my best to keep it short and simple, emphasizing important issues rather than lots of little details.
Just for fun, why not try a short, simple true-or-false quiz before you continue?
Don’t feel bad if you don’t get a great score. Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
- Taiwan was originally part of China.
- Hong Kong was once a British colony.
- U.S. troops have occupied China.
- Chinese troops have occupied the U.S.
- Huawei made the most popular smart phone in the world before the company was hit by U.S. sanctions.
- The U.S. has nearly 800 military bases in other countries compared to a handful for China.
- China is practicing genocide against Uyghurs living in Xinjiang.
- Huawei is the global leader in 5G technology.
- China hasn’t fought a war since 1979.
- China and Vietnam have both beaten the U.S. on the battlefield.