Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Real China and the Downside of Arrogance
Epoch Times ^ | 11/30/2021 | James Gorrie

Posted on 11/30/2021 5:04:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind


Much of the world is having an enlightening moment with China.

Recall that China began the last decade by positioning itself as a global benefactor. Its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was supposed to be a beneficial foreign aid and development program. Other economic and cultural outreach efforts supplied nations with financing and cultural exchanges that have served Beijing well.

The Shine Is Off

But foreign aid debt traps and spyware scandals certainly took some of the shine off China’s global reputation. The world started to open its eyes.

Then the launch and spread of the CCP virus pandemic, along with the hoarding of medical supplies and finger-wagging from Beijing about the West’s response failures, shattered any remaining goodwill that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders worked so hard to sell the world in the past.

Killing millions and laughing about it was just too big to ignore.

Today, nations around the world are increasingly viewing the Chinese regime as a major threat. In fact, over the past several weeks, Britain, France, and almost two dozen African countries have officially criticized China over its foot-dragging with regard to the pandemic.

What’s more, Japan has unequivocally shifted its foreign policy to directly challenge China’s re-unification ambitions vis-à-vis Taiwan. (More on this in a forthcoming article.) Today, at the end of 2021, Beijing has revealed itself to be neither a benefactor nor a partner, but rather, a voracious predator.

CCP: A Human Rights Obscenity

Domestically, the CCP’s behavior toward its citizens is a human rights obscenity every way you look at it. There’s no justifiable way to sugar-coat it. Xi Jinping has done everything possible to quell civil unrest and maintain his grip on power within the Party. The CCP virus played a big role in those efforts, but it wasn’t the only factor.

China’s neo-Maoist leader has also been very busy rewriting history for his own self-glorification, if not an outright elevation to god-like status. On a more basic level, all images or references to Winnie the Pooh—the animated bear to which Xi bears a passable resemblance—became a symbol of resistance or disrespect to the all-powerful leader and was outlawed in China a few years ago.

There’s really no need to ban poor Pooh Bear. With millions in labor camps, his police surveillance state, political prisoners, social and economic oppression, and crushing Hong Kong, no one is confusing Xi with lovable make-believe, cartoon animal these days—that’s for certain.

A Transformative Leader’s Big Plans

The fact that unfavorable views of China around the world are at all-time highs poses a big challenge for Beijing.

Or does it?

More to the point, will the CCP leaders think it worthwhile to go through all the time and effort to rebuild their shattered reputation with a new, more cooperative foreign policy?

On the one hand, recent political utterances from Xi make it seem so. Calls for mutual respect and cooperation sound terribly wonderful. It’s certainly easy to say such things, which are exactly the kind of words that the world wants to hear.

On the other hand, Xi’s official, if not pseudo-religious, elevation to the great transformative leader of China makes humble and conciliatory pronouncements seem rather awkward and unworthy of a great, transformative leader, don’t they?

Besides this one obvious fact, there is another that should be carefully weighed. That is, all great, transformative leaders are mortal, no matter what one’s official news service may say.

Admittedly, no new ground broken there. But given Xi’s ambitions and plans for China’s uncontestable dominance in the world, spending the next decade or two rehabilitating the country’s diplomatic bona fides just isn’t in the cards. At 68 years old, and a former inveterate smoker, Xi is a man in a hurry to realize his ambitions.

A Hypersonic Window of Opportunity

What’s more, with its hypersonic nuclear delivery system, the Chinese regime has a definite military advantage over the United States. At the same time, U.S. leadership is perceived to be its weakest in decades. Just as important is the fact that China’s economy is collapsing, and its population is rapidly aging.

From Beijing’s perspective, could there be a better time for “Wolf Warrior” foreign policy? This new turn in diplomacy doesn’t hesitate to defend China’s national interests in confrontational ways. It certainly seems to explain Beijing’s new aggression on the world stage.

The CCP’s continued militarization of the South China Sea, armed conflict with India, nuclear attack threats against Australia, and rising military actions aimed at Taiwan this past year alone all seem to point to a more impatient China.

Furthermore, it appears that Beijing doesn’t really care how or what the world thinks of China. The regular verbal insults of other leaders and threats are not indicative of a global power that intends to build goodwill around the world.

In short, communist China prefers to be feared than loved, rather than both. The downside is likely to affect everyone rather negatively, including China, as the CCP reveals its true face to the world.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

James R. Gorrie is the author of “The China Crisis” (Wiley, 2013) and writes on his blog, He is based in Southern California.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arrogance; bri; china

1 posted on 11/30/2021 5:04:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

It’s a dead pile of oooey Jim..

2 posted on 11/30/2021 5:06:59 PM PST by aces (and )
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NOBO2012

motus link at “spyware scandals”...

3 posted on 11/30/2021 5:16:24 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Get out of the matrix and get a real life.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The menace of China has been obvious for a while, yet oddly, they are still a ‘most favored nation.’

4 posted on 11/30/2021 5:27:45 PM PST by posterchild
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Always remember, it’s the vig what gets ya.

5 posted on 11/30/2021 5:32:43 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
In short, communist China prefers to be feared than loved, rather than both.

Personally, I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.

6 posted on 11/30/2021 5:33:27 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (It is the nature of liberals to pervert whatever they touch.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NurdlyPeon

Unless they love how much they fear you.

7 posted on 11/30/2021 5:38:20 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (THE ISSUE IS NEVER THE ISSUE. THE REVOLUTION IS THE ISSUE.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: posterchild

RE: yet oddly, they are still a ‘most favored nation.’

a Market of 1.4 billion people is too tempting to ignore.

8 posted on 11/30/2021 5:48:28 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson