当我们把这一荒谬绝伦的以提升共产中国形象为目的的微观掌控从奥运会的体育竞赛上升到经济与贸易，我们就不难看到，这不过是中共在各个层面的一贯行为。显而易见，类似奥运会上的微观掌控在经贸领域里为中共争得了无本之木的虚假颜面。在CNN对温家宝的访谈中，ZAKARIA谦卑地向这位中共领导人讨教：目前美国所经历的金融危机是否说明了我们才认识到的美国的经济模式中存在的漏洞与破绽？这听起来似乎是在请温家宝赐教，我们应该向你们学习什么样的经济模式？难道美国市场上“Made in China”的商品还嫌不够，连经济模式也要“Made in China”吗？
Beware of the New “Cold War” Employing “Soft Power”
Ten years ago, I wrote about what concerned me after watching CNN’s interview with China’s Premier Wen Jiabao. Then I shared my views with some colleges and media. But, no one paid much attention at that time. Ten years later I am very grateful for Vice President Mike Pence’s speech given at Hudson Institute. The silent majority has spoken out. Americans are finally waking up. After listening to Vice President’s speech, I reviewed my 10-year old essay. I decided to share the essay again with some editions. I also translated it into Chinese for the Chinese readers.
The “Art of War” says, “if you know yourself and know your enemy, you will gain victory a hundred times out of a hundred.” And “if you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will never be victorious.” The world now is beginning to recognize the true face of the Chinese Communist Party. Justice will eventually prevail and the evil will be defeated. As the free world is uniting to fight against this communist regime, the outcome will be determined by the Chinese people. They must need to determine whether to make the ultimate change to end the communist’s totalitarian rule, to become free people or remain enslaved.
May God bless the United States, the greatest nation on earth. May liberty shine upon the land of China in the near future.
Recently an American journalist asked me: "has the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) purchased any English language media broadcasting or publishing in the United States?" I shared my thoughts with him as I tried to answer his question.
The Chinese language news media in North America are almost all infiltrated by the Chinese Communist Party. I do not know whether there is any actual ownership of the English media, but because of business interests and pressure through big companies, many US news media have also been influenced by the CCP. In a recent CNN interview by Zakaria with China's Premier Wen Jia Bao, I was disappointed by some of the Zakaria's unnecessarily flattering soft questions. That interview gave the CCP another opportunity to mislead the American people. If this free land were to be occupied by the CCP, where on earth are we going to seek freedom?
Some say the "Cold War" is over and it is time for "cooperation" to coexist peacefully. Some say the CCP does not believe in communism anymore. Are these assertions really true? How long can democracy and totalitarian states coexist in peace? Perhaps they can coexist for a short period of time. Perhaps they can coexist longer for shortsighted interests. Long-term coexistence is utterly unlikely. No matter how beautifully the CCP talks about democracy as Wen Jia Bao does, no matter how noble the CCP tries to appear now; as long as the CCP still stands for the "Chinese Communist Party", as long as Mao's portrait is still hanging on the gate of Heavenly Peace in Tiananmen Square and as long as the CCP retains one party rule, its fundamental ideology will stay the same making the communist nature remain the same. All the beautiful talk about democracy is an old trick for staying in power. The world is still involved in a “Cold War” but in a new and more insidious fashion.
" Magnificent Development and Economic Miracle"?
What the CCP says never matches what it does. This is one of the CCP's unwavering characteristics. For example, the CCP always proclaims that it is the "people's government", that it is "serving the people". In reality, what do the people get? Where are the people's rights? This regime appeared to throw away its own original idealism. The only remaining mission is for it to hold onto power and wealth. The present combination of totalitarianism and state capitalism is even a bigger danger to the world than the pure communism which preceded it. Zakaria asked Wen: "China has the fastest growth rate of any country in history. What is the key to your success? What is your model?"
A totalitarian state's development unhampered by requirements for the people's consent can be much faster than that of any other economic development model. Another example of such a thing is the rise of Hitler from the ashes of the Weimar Republic and the rapid economic development in Germany which ultimately led to World War II. The Chinese development model resulted in much destruction to the resources and land of China together with massive suffering and loss to China's ordinary people; all to prop up China's " magnificent development and economic miracle". (*1)
The CCP has become rich through the exploitation and sacrifice of its own 1.3 billion people. Foreign capitalists have been heavily involved in financing this exploitation allowing the CCP to maintain and increase power over the people. In particular, the money provided by the foreign capitalists can be used to purchase United States bonds. This provides a device to put pressure on American politicians whenever the CCP wants to do so. The CCP knows well that its ship of totalitarian rule will sink sooner or later. That is why they tried to tie the free world to this CCP ship, so that when the ship sinks, either we all sink with them, or we have to save them in order to save ourselves.
While under the rule of the CCP, China hosted the most expensive Olympic Games in the history of the world. The Beijing Olympic Games cost of over $44 billion. The CCP cleared entire neighborhoods of a city with great “efficiency” to present a beautiful, modern, convenient and clean place for entertaining foreign visitors from all around the world. They could acquire the high technology to walk in space and spent millions on each spacesuit. But at the same time the CCP doesn’t care about Chinese people's lives and quality of life. Rather, they deprive everyone’s basic rights and suppress all the political dissidents. They failed to build decent school buildings to prevent children from being killed by earthquakes; they neglected and ignored coal mine workers’ tragedies and endless food poisoning disasters.
Is communist China really "rising peacefully" as the CCP and some in the West claim? What definition of "peace" are we talking about? Should killing its own people directly and indirectly on a mass scale be viewed as peaceful conduct? Does war only refer to a military action between countries? Even if this is the case, the CCP maintains the largest land army in the history of earth. A huge armed force is always used to threaten and eventually prosecute a conventional war.
In these years of "peaceful rise" the CCP has invested a lot of effort and money into so-called "soft power" in the United States and the rest of the Western world. Examples of soft power are influencing and controlling press media groups; establishing, training and expanding performing arts groups, cultural organizations, associations and Chinese schools. All of this is done under the rubric of "introducing Chinese culture and building relationships between the two countries”.
Anyone who studies the history of the CCP knows that the press media and performing arts are two favorite weapons used against others. These have played a large and successful role in overthrowing the "old society" while establishing the “new China”. This “Soft Power” phenomenon is now being exported by the CCP to America and throughout the world. All of the world's people who embrace liberty must be aware of this delusive state power. We should not underestimate this “cold war” through culture which is a poison that slowly paralyzes people's minds and spirits. It ultimately damages free society. To have control over the people, indeed to control everything, is one of the CCP's intrinsic needs for self-preservation.
"Collaboration and Openness" Led to Totalitarian’s Collapse?
Recently overseas Chinese news media proudly said that for the first time in the name of the party, the CCP had accepted an invitation from the United States National Democratic Institute to send delegates to attend the Democratic Party Presidential Convention. This has never occurred before in history. In the words of the CCP’s, the inclusion of China at an American political convention emphasizes the importance of cooperation between the political parties. This highlights the reason for the CCP participation in an American political convention. The Communist Chinese Party's voice was heard in by the international community under the umbrella of inclusion in the very fabric of an American political process. The CCP delegates to the Democratic National Convention concluded, according to the CCP media, that "China's rising in the 21st century is a significant event. Therefore, America hopes to strengthen cooperation with China."
America supporting a developing country is one thing; supporting a dictatorial ruling party is quite another. Democratic development in China is dependent on the people's effort, not on a ruling party that has never been elected to power. This is especially true for a regime which has without hesitation killed its own people to maintain its power; a regime which has never apologized for any of the crimes it has perpetrated. The free world should not trust or befriend this illegitimate dictatorial party. Instead the free world should extend its support to true democratic forces led by people who are fighting for freedom and democracy in China. Much as was the fate of former Eastern European Communist countries, an unsupported Chinese communist regime will collapse. Only then can China truly move toward democracy.
The CCP's sole purpose in opening China to the West and pushing for swift economic development is survival and power, is not to benefit the Chinese people, and China as a country. Is it reasonable to ask whether the CCP would have already failed and then vanished if Kissinger and Nixon had not opened the door to China? If this is the case, did the Nixon initiative save the CCP? Otherwise, would China have already become a true part of the free world after the CCP collapsed from within?
Some people argue that without outside contact and communication China could not move toward a democratic society. However, when we consider Eastern European countries we find that post-World War II conversion from communism to a democratic society was not contingent on a process of "opening up" and awakening to a better way of life as found in the West. What actually happened was the communist countries remained closed until they imploded. It was the free world’s persistence, efforts and pressure that had a vital impact on these countries and eventually caused fall of communism in Eastern Europe. It is likely that the CCP would have followed the same route and perished if simply left isolated.
The Fall of " Delusional Fantasy" -- Who Influenced Who?
Observing the failure of Eastern European communist states, the CCP began talking about “democracy” loudly to the world. Regrettably the CCP said nothing about democracy to the people of China itself. The CCP put on a peace mask in an attempt to lull the world into forgetting its ruthlessness and illegitimacy. The CCP is trying to overpower the Western free world and become the single “superpower” in order to dominate the world. (2*)
The response from the West has been suggestions to work together so that communist China can learn from us. This mainstream thinking implies a kind of “delusional fantasy”: that once communist China learns from us they will become more like us. In response to this, the CCP has turned this initiative upside down. For example, communist China has instituted internal and external countermeasures where Western technology has been adopted as a weapon to silence and persecute political dissidents within China. A flagrant example of this was when Yahoo! cooperated with the CCP to provide two dissidents’ private emails and account information to the communist authorities. Both dissidents were then sentenced to 10 years of jail for simply expressing their contrary or different political opinions on Yahoo!. (3*)
If you mix muddy and clean water, what kind of water will you get? The West may not totally oppose doing business with communist China. But when we do business with a regime bereft of morality and respect for human rights, we have actually sacrificed our principles and any reasonable possibility of affecting China in a positive way. In fact, the Chinese pollution, food poisoning, poor quality products etc. have all been reflected back to us. The West and in particular the United States now has a lower standard of living than it could have had. Who influenced who?
Business and Morality -- “Politics and Economics Can be Separated”?
The CCP tries to convince people that “economics and politics can be separated”. They encourage people to develop economic trade with them without challenging their political ideology and power. Some say we can work on economic issues first, and worry about political problems later. We can let the CCP be happy. We can get the business we want. In spite of assertions by the CCP to the contrary, even the most ordinary person recognizes that politics and economics cannot be separated.
The CCP controls everything from the smallest to the largest in China. As an example, the Beijing Olympics, which was in reality a political showcase, took resources from everyone in China. The CCP extended control to every issue, no matter how small. It even judged the beauty of a little girl's face to determine who was on the stage pretending to sing and who was actually singing but hidden in the background. It was all politics. If sports in China are politicized like what we have seen in the Beijing Olympics, how could economics be separated from politics in China?
When we expand our thinking from the sports of the Olympics to commerce in general we recognize the micromanagement done to enhance China's image with the Olympics is a much more general symptom. It becomes apparent that all of commerce is similarly micromanaged to produce the best possible image of China without any real substance to back up that image. The CNN interviewer Zakaria humbly asked the CCP leader's opinion about whether the current American financial crisis was because: "the American model has many flaws in it that we are just recognizing now." This statement begs the question of what economic model we should learn from the CCP. Are we trying to import more than manufactured products with the label "Made in China"? Did Zakaria also want us to import the communist economic model as it was “Made in China”?
Short-term interests and greed without consideration of long-term consequences seem to dominate our interaction with China. This is a very unhealthy process. We must act now to change our attitude and priorities in doing business with China. If we remain blindfolded, play dumb, put differences in principle aside, ignore the fundamental problems, and only care about seizing the short-term opportunities and quick monetary rewards, we are actually preparing for a greater and much more serious crisis in the future. Both our generation and our children will be damaged. If we want to be responsible we must insist on applying our moral principles when doing business. Although there may be some short-term losses, we will be rewarded with true victory in the end. Before it is too late, Americans must understand the consequences of not standing firmly on principles.
“The CCP Equals China”?
Criticism of the CCP does not hurt the Chinese people nor does it hurt their “feelings”. The Slogan, "the CCP equals China" is propaganda continuously used to brainwash Chinese people. This brainwashing has occurred ever since the CCP seized power. It is not only the Chinese people who have been a target of this propaganda. The CCP has tried to convince the entire world that the CCP and China are exactly the same thing. Of course, it is always nonsense to equate a type of regime or government with a nation.
When we are dealing with the CCP, it is essential to keep in mind that this regime is not elected by the people nor does it represent the people's interests. Ordinary Chinese have no voice which can be heard. Any statement about China from inside of communist China is manipulated and then released as propaganda by the CCP. For over half of a century the CCP has misappropriated the name of China, and hijacked the people of China. The free world must take care not to further enhance this crime perpetrated on the largest nation on earth.
The CCP has taken the "Cold War" and morphed it into a stealthy new form called "Soft Power" which appears innocuous but in fact is quite sinister. Therefore, America and American media must stand firmly on principles and universal values, and to be highly vigilant in this new type of warfare. We must keep the free voice alive to continue pressure on the CCP dictatorship and to support Chinese people’s democratic movements. Doing so is ultimately for the sake of every American, the future of our beloved United States, and the freedom and peace around the world.
(1*) In the years since this essay was originally written, China has aggressively stolen both manufacturing capacity and intellectual property from the United States. The penetration and attacks of a large number of spies on various fields in the United States have reached a level of madness. The financial loss to the United States for just the theft of the intellectual property is thought to be almost half a trillion dollars per year. The destruction caused by the theft of manufacturing capacity has resulted in not only similar dollar losses but also in the loss of many manufacturing cities and even regions throughout the entire United States. Some economists have concluded that almost the entire recent economic development of China has occurred through this pillage.
(2*) In the years since this essay was written in 2008, the CCP has openly announced its primary goal is first Pacific Ocean domination and subsequently world domination.
(3) *Another 2018 example is the willingness of Google to develop special software for China. This software will allow the CCP to track the behavior patterns and interests of Chinese people enabling the CCP to classify them for privilege or punishment.