Ludwig von Gress
Unfortunately not the news freedom loving Chinese everywhere are hoping for, such as envisaged by the following headlines –
General Uprising Successful, Xi Jinping seeks asylum in US embassy, Seven communist party officials charged with corruption and human rights abuses (Correction: Seventy million), Entrepreneurs agree that quality control could be a good idea and New government suggests a basic minimum wage increase approaching that of Nigeria.
Alas, it is not yet the truth. We will have to wait a few years for that and Chinese will have to do something more than their usual ineffectual demonstrations (only about 180 000 in 2010).
In the meantime, the Communist dictators ruling over the multitude of people who, thanks to them, invented nothing since noodles, water torture, gunpowder and conformity, set their sights high and wide. In his first speech as a head of state president Xi Jinping said to delegates at the National People’s Congress meeting that he would fight for a “great renaissance of the Chinese nation”. He called for “arduous efforts for the continued realisation of the great renaissance of the Chinese nation and the Chinese dream”. Whether his and his terracotta politburo’s wet dreams coincide with those of their 1.4 billion subjects is highly doubtful. And, with respect, renaissance of what? The Chinese nation was never “great”. Big, yes, populous, yes, but great? Only in their opium fuelled dreams. I firmly believe they will achieve greatness when they finally become free, free of communists, Marxists and Maoist and, most importantly, free of shackles of the virtual hubris-creating myths. One day.
The Leader also mentioned corruption: “It should be made clear to all government workers that corruption and waste are very great crimes. Our campaigns against corruption and waste have already achieved some results, but further efforts are required. ” Sorry, that was Chairman Mao almost eighty years ago (Our Economic Policy January 23, 1934) but I doubt that the New Leader Xi had to change a word.
The Western media naturally concentrated on a few anti-corruption sentences, uttered almost in passing, but mostly ignored that part where Xi called on the armed forces to “strengthen their ability to win battles”. One would think that China is being threatened on daily basis by her neighbours, rather than vice versa. The greatest source of instability in the East is Communist China, and Xi’s exhortions to the army resemble those of Herr Hitler to his Panzer Corps at the time when practically all politicians, experts and journalists firmly believed that such war talk is just for domestic consumption.
North Korea may not do exactly what China wants, but would not do anything against her express wishes. All the little Kim’s posturing is condoned by China as a useful distraction.
Similarly, Xi’s visit to Moscow before the ink on his “renaissance” speech had dried was intended to send a warning signal to USA, though probably superfluous. America is rapidly economically and militarily weakening under Obama diktat (executive orders), and its foreign policy, never too consistent, is now in utter shambles. Today the United States could conceivably come to the aid of Japan or The Republic of China, were they to be attacked by the Communist China, but in two or three years time?
Obviously, Xi and Putin needed to reassure each other that no dramatic changes in the Sino-Russian relationship are likely. The Russian empire and the people occupying the area now known as China were enemies all the recorded time, including the relatively recent time of the common Marxist ideology, so the last decade or so of detente is an aberration.
Comrade Xi during his speech at the Moscow Institute for International Relations said that “close Sino-Russian relations help to guarantee balance in the world”. One could debate the dialectic meaning of the word “balance” and a possibility of mistranslation, but there can be no dispute that some breathing space (peredyshka) for the ruling class, was achieved. Whether it will benefit more China or Russia remains to be seen. However, as in the peredyshka Czar Alexander I got from Napoleon at Tilsit in 1807, Lenin from the Kaiser at Brest-Litovsk in 1917, Stalin from Hitler in Moscow in 1939 or Gorbachev from Reagan at Reykjavik in 1986, the ultimate victims, the people, get nothing but delay.
Later in Moscow, at the press conference, the two despots raised the issue of “defeated powers of World War II”. It is a fair guess that they did not mean Italy or Germany, but Japan, against which both regimes, almost seventy years later, still advance territorial claims. The peaceful leaders also, unsurprisingly, vocalised their great concern about the America’s ballistic missiles defence system.
That Communist China prepares for military expansion is obvious and indisputable, which does not necessarily means that it would not prefer to extend its “co-prosperity” sphere by blackmail, threats and extortions, i.e. power diplomacy. That, as even Hitler knew, takes time, and, just as Hitler, China may not have that time. While it is pouring concrete for highways, high-rises and stadiums at the rate which would make Hitler brown with envy, the peasants are revolting. For all the Maseratis and Mercedes in the hands of the rulers and their relatives, which so impress Western journalists, the ordinary people have little to eat. Hitler saw the solution to the nutrition of the German nation in acquiring the fertile lands to the east. Since Chinese rulers can’t order Drang nach Ost, (even Mao’s heirs can’t walk on water) it will have to be something else.
The maps printed in Communist China (and by its fellow travellers, such as the Dick Smith’s Australian Geographic) show clearly the Chinese immediate territorial claims. The Party rhetoric, the writings and the official military doctrine are unambiguous.
No, no good news from China. And Herr Hitler was not believed either.