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 How China ‘woke’ the world

10.10.19 Just being born in China holds risks that are different from elsewhere. When you are a citizen of the Sacred Earth and Divine Land you have unknown responsibilities. They only become known when you are arrested for not living up to them. It’s tough on Chinese, but as China’s influence expands around the world, other people are beginning to find they have unknown responsibilities. For example, according to news reports, Kenya may soon have to hand over control of its largest and most developed port, while other assets related to the inland shipment of goods from Mombasa, on the Indian Ocean coast, may also be affected if Kenya is unable to repay its debt. The country’s current debt to China is understood to be about US$9.8 billion, which has funded large chunks of national infrastructure. Victor Davis Hanson discusses how the US and hopefully, the rest of the western world woke to China:In these times of near civil war, Americans agree on almost nothing. Yet sometime in 2019, almost all of America finally got “woke” on China.
For years, our leaders had yawned about Silk Road neo-imperialism in Africa and Asia, and gross abuses of human rights against Chinese religious minorities and political dissidents.
Almost every assumption Washington made, both by Democratic and Republican administrations, was logically flawed at best. And at worst, these calculations were a weird mix of conservative commercial greed, liberal political correctness and shared screwball naivete.
American trade and political appeasement were never interpreted by Beijing as magnanimity to be reciprocated, but always as weakness to be exploited. It was always ludicrous to think that the more concessions on trade and human rights the United States gave, the more China would Westernize and begin to resemble America or an EU nation.
Even sillier was the old shibboleth that China’s embrace of capitalist reforms — as if by some unwritten, determinist economic law — would lead to constitutional government. But the ability to buy a new cellphone never ensures the right to vote for a candidate of one’s choice.
Instead, all China did was auction off large sections of its new and more efficient economy to crony communist pseudo-capitalists and corrupt provincial officials in order to modernize the country, beef up the military, warp the international trading system — and make itself very rich.
Why did America act in such a suicidal way on China?
Cheap Chinese labor and lax American laws motivated hundreds of U.S. corporations to shut down their domestic assembly plants and relocate to China. At least at first, they were free to pay substandard wages and were mostly unregulated.
Once American businesses got hooked on mega-profits, the Chinese government slowly started stealing their technology, infringing on copyrights and patents, dumping their own merchandise on the world market at prices below production costs, running up huge trade surpluses and manipulating their currency.
But by then, American corporations were so addicted to laissez-faire profit-making that they turned a blind eye and paid their hush money.
Universities cashed in too, both by setting up lucrative satellite campuses in China and admitting tens of thousands of Chinese citizens. These Chinese students paid full tuition (and sometimes premiums and surcharges), turning once cash-strapped campuses into profitable degree mills.
Most college deans and presidents simply ignored the dreadful human rights record of China, not to mention occasional expatriate espionage rings designed to steal engineering and high-tech research.
If profits had blinded corporations to exploitive Chinese partnerships, political correctness conveniently offered academia and the media political cover — as if a mostly monoracial China was a 1.3 billion-person diverse “other” with historical grievances against a supposedly racist America.
The result was that everyone profited and all remained willfully blind to the ascendant cutthroat and dictatorial colossus.
The domestic winners in the appeasement of Communist China were the two American coasts — the New York financial industry, the Washington political lobbying nexus, Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies, and the coastal mega-research universities such Harvard, Stanford and Yale.
Suddenly, the intellectual and informational classes could sell their wares in a new global market, and they profited enormously.
Few cared about the “losers” in the now-hollowed-out Midwest and in rural America. For corporate America, domestic muscular labor could be easily and cheaply replaced by millions of Chinese workers. Outsourcing and offshoring pulled investment capital out of America and put it overseas, as Chinese-assembled products brought far greater profits.
Academics could not have cared less that the deplorables and the working classes were being wiped out, given their politically incorrect social and cultural views.
What finally woke America up were two unforeseen developments.
First, the Chinese overreached and systematically began militarizing neutral islands in the South China Sea. They derided international commercial treaties.
In racist fashion, they treated Asian and African countries as if they were 19th-century colonies. And they unapologetically lifted technology from America’s biggest and most powerful corporations to turn China into something akin to George Orwell’s “1984.”
Meanwhile, Beijing began rounding up dissidents, cracking down in Hong Kong and “re-educating” millions of Muslims in detention camps. All that brazenness finally drove the left to drop its multicultural blinders and accept the truth of renegade Chinese oppression.
Second, Donald Trump got elected president, all the while screaming that the Chinese emperor had no clothes. The cheerleaders finally listened and admitted that China had been buck naked after all.
Now we will learn whether America woke up just in time or too late. Either way, no one will credit the loud Trump for warning that China was threatening not just the U.S. but the world as we have known it.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • luk1955 10/10/2019, 7:28 am

    Not one country in history of humanity has ever borrowed its way to prosperity. The only way to prosper is to create products that other people want and need.

  • Pepperpete 10/10/2019, 10:07 am

    Great post MM. Thanks

  • JRT 10/10/2019, 10:22 am

    I do hope you have sent this very insightful article to Premier Andrews, NSW Labor and the NT Govt. cc PM Scott Morrison.

    • MM Ed 10/10/2019, 10:56 am

      JRT, for it to have any value it has to be sent by you and others. The article means little coming from a blog! We do what we can and so must you. All the MPs contacts can be found on our banner head.

  • JRT 10/10/2019, 3:42 pm

    Thank you for your advice. Had already sent it to my local member. My comment was more “tongue-in- cheek” as those mentioned have already signed up with China’s takeover of Australia. I have been busy contacting MP’s on the matter of the problem confronting us in West Papua being ISIS battle ground by invitation from Indonesia.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 10/10/2019, 4:16 pm

    We are pretty naïve and basically believe that all other countries and their peoples are like us. I worked for a Celestial/Middle Kingdom outfit for a while, ten or more years off and on, and they had two flags over the entry foyer, one Celestial and one Australian so positioned that the Celestial one was slightly larger and positioned so that one pretty much passed directly under it as one entered the building. Now, we Aussies couldn’t give a Rat’s rectum about stuff like that and most of us wouldn’t notice that small difference anyway, but those folk do. I let them know that I knew that they were having a “shot” at us by always entering the building by another flagless door from a hangar. The Koreans are no better and each morning at their training base the daily briefing would be given to we predominant westerners in their hieroglyphic language, weather reports ditto, and we were all supposed to bow five times in the direction of whatever that remains a mystery to me all these years later but a couple of us always declined. The same mob had a serious “shot” at me for not eating about a bucket full of rice at each mealtime in the mess and weren’t interested in the fact that we are potato eaters so I informed them that the chopsticks issued to me (we had personalised ones, works of art too) were left handed ones and I was right handed. The chopsticks were taken away to be tested and I never saw them again. They are all bloody mad when one comes down to tin tacks but there are so many of the buggers and so few of us.

    • Neville 10/10/2019, 9:51 pm

      Left-handed chopsticks! Nice one!

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