In recent weeks, both President Xi Jinping and Vice-president Wang Qishan have pledged to the world on different occasions both home and broad that “China vows to further open the nation’s economy and rallies support for globalization”.
Again and again, CCP leaders have their own faces slashed by playing around with the words of “openness and globalization”. While Wang Qishan made the commitment at Davos that China will continue to open its markets to foreign investors, his government is tightening censorship on all companies, both domestic and foreign-invested. While he was saying “China has no plan to close its door, but on the contrary, will open its door wider to share development opportunities with the world”, his government is making the notorious Great Firewall taller and firmer to stop information exchanges between China and the rest of the world.
While President Xi stressed the importance of self-reliance and Wang Qishan warning the people to eat grass at times of difficulties, few would believe the CCP leaders are sincere with their open-door policies.
By its hypocrisy of openness, the communist government restricts the free movement even of its own citizens within the country by its Hukou system of residence, frequent checks of ID cards and the so-called society credit system. It also restricts millions of people from traveling overseas freely. It sets annual or even daily limits on the amount of money in foreign exchanges or to be taken out of the country for any purpose, while the top CCP leaders can move billions out of the country “legally” or in apparent money laundering through state-owned banks.
By its hypocrisy of openness, it starts a massive propaganda campaign globally by setting up hundreds of CGTN branches or Confucius Institutes while blocking all major western publishers like CNN, ABC, Washington Post, the New YorK Times, BBC or social media like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, or Google into China. It sends out hundreds if not thousands of journalists overseas for reporting while denying visas to most foreign journalists who want to tell the true stories of China.
By openness in globalization, Chinese Customs in collaboration with its postal services willfully rejects international mails or confiscates parcels of mailed goods for so-called national security. Millions of mails or packages are never delivered to the domestic receivers but the Chinese Customs never give a good reason.
By globalization, the CCP government has invested heavily overseas in the past two decades with its state-owned companies buying or controling petrol, gas, mineral or other resources in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela, and the Middle East. It has its technology companies like Huawei, ZTE for global investment buying or stealing western technology, or companies like Baidu, Alibaba listed in US stock exchanges to absorb foreign investment by means of accounting frauds.
By globalization, China has its own rules or has never played by the rules of the WTO. For decades with its “unfair trade practices”, it has made use of the openness of the US markets to do harm to the US economy.
It was “highly unlikely” China would agree to new disciplines targeting changes to its trade practices and economic system, the US Trade Representative office said in its annual report.
The report also reflects the United States’ continued frustration with the WTO’s inability to curb what it sees as China’s trade-distorting non-market economic policies, and offered little hope that situation could change soon, according to Reuters.
US allies, including Canada, the European Union and Japan, which are also frustrated with pressures created by China’s economic policies, have begun talks on the first potential changes and modernization of WTO rules since it was founded in 1995.
China’s state-run Xinhua media reports yesterday that forty years ago when China began to embrace reform and opening up, it created economic development zones to lure foreign investments.
Building pilot Free Trade Zones (FTZs) was a strategic move to deepen overall reform and widen opening up, and the country must further capitalize on the role of pilot zones as experimental fields of reform and opening-up, according to the Chinese government.
Xinhua says that in addition to FTZs, cross-border e-commerce pilot zones have become a new anchor of opening up and reform, as Chinese consumers have become increasingly drawn to foreign brands via e-commerce platforms.
These experimental economic zones only serve the country’s elites or class of privileges, a small proportion of the 1.4 billion population. National Chinese are often restricted from entering these zones. Policies within these so-called FTZs are always changing. Although the zones introduce a number of so-called reforms designed to create a preferential environment for foreign investment and foreign exporters, they create a new channel for CCP officials in rent-seeking and other forms of corruption.
Lots of foreign companies and financiers did make a lot of money by investing in China and cooperating with the CCP government. The CCP leadership wants to see these foreign businesses leave the country with great satisfaction so that they would spread the good words about CCP to the western world. Some of them even collaborate with the CCP in its BGY schemes.
In the long run, the collaboration of foreign businesses with the corrupt CCP will poison the business environment in other parts of the world. The toxic culture carried with the belt and road initiative in particular will influence more and more countries and will finally become a threat to human civilizations.
By opening up and globalization, the CCP government exports its debt diplomacy and expands its military built-ups overseas as in Djibouti or Sri Lanka, and never works for the so-called “win-win” or the well-being of the destination countries as they have always claimed. Everything with its overseas investment can be a scam or just money laundering as we have seen in Malaysia and other countries in the Indo-Pacific islands. With its belt and road initiative, the CCP government also supports the world’s major dictatorships like Iran or even terrorist organizations in the Middle East.
But strangely enough, Wang Qishan was warmly welcomed at economic forums in Singapore, the Middle East and Davos. Wall Street bankers mostly take the side to support Wang’s policies and ideas. Bloomberg even hailed Wang as the most influential leader in the world, not just in China.
Only the US has a clear mind on the real nature of the CCP government. The Trump Administration has adopted a new approach towards the CCP and labeled China a “strategic competitor” instead of “strategic partner”. Vice-president Mike Pence has warned that “China has been put on notice”, adding that “We seek a relationship grounded in fairness, reciprocity, and respect for sovereignty, and we have taken strong and swift action to achieve that goal.”
As Mr. Steven K. Bannon has said, the CCP government has become the greatest threat to western civilizations and to “our way of life”. He has plans to use the RICO Act to sanction Wang Qishan and other CCP leaders with their wealth in the US and deal with the CCP as a Mafia organization with the Rule of Law Fund.
You might be amazed by the widespread flash mob events with the theme “My Motherland and I” in dozens of cities and universities during the Spring Festival holiday, in addition to traditional entertaining performances across the country. You must bear in mind that this is the last resort of the CCP taking the festival opportunity for its propaganda with the only easy card to play of patriotism.
Amid the slowdown of factory activities and a deteriorating domestic economy, both Xi Jinping and Wang Qishan will be widely questioned with their noneffective policies during the National Congress early next month. The CCP leadership will be under more pressure internationally as Donald Trump will reach a real deal with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam and the world’s religious circles will boycott President Xi’s idea of “common fate” as he meets with the Pope of Vatican in March.
For 1.4 billion Chinese, the road to real openness and freedom is long and difficult. But with Miles Kwok now leading the way, more and more have become optimistic that the CCP will be taken down by 2020 and globally the common fate for humanity can be truly achieved soon.
by Cloudy Seagail