As Beijing is locked down for the country’s biggest annual political “two sessions”, thousands of representatives from the state legislature are still drawing cakes to allay hunger not only in poverty-stricken provinces in China but countries along the Belt and Road routes.
It is apparent that President Xi and other CCP leaders are facing great political challenges to keep the Party alive amid public scrutiny against the backdrop of a slowing economy, a bruising trade war with the US, heightened international concern over Chinese tech firm Huawei, condemnation on human rights violations in Xinjiang, and growing global criticism over Chinese diplomatic stance in Venezuela and other sensitive regions.
Most of the legal representatives from the country’s rubber-stamp legislature are corrupt officials like Zhou Qiang, president of the People’s Supreme Court. The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is an advisory body stuffed with scandalous business bosses, academics, sports stars, religious leaders and other grandees.
No matter how grand the gatherings of “two sessions” and decorations of the Great Hall of the People are, these conferences are viewed by many as “meetings of the rats”.
Although the communist government recruits many westerners to sell its “democracy”, it lacks the foundation of legitimacy as these “secretly elected” representatives can never represent the common interests of the 1.4 billion Chinese people.
Notably during the two sessions, cyber-police disrupt the online services, known as vpns, that offer a route past the Great Firewall of censorship. For foreign reporters, the sessions’ great drama often involves guessing whether they will be able to use the internet to file their stories about the government’s accountability.
In the past two years, China’s image has taken all the negative views in the international arena as more and more westerners see the rise of the world’s second biggest economy a challenge and threat to humanity and its civilizations.
For decades, the communist regime has been very successful in its media dissemination and international intelligence. On one hand, it has blocked the Chinese from truth of the world with the notorious Great Firewall; on the other, it has actively exported its vicious ideology by the Grand Propaganda Campaign.
The State-owned China Global Television Network, or CGTN launched in 2000, is a Chinese international English-language news channel with signals received by more than 85 million viewers, in over 100 countries and regions. It is part of a broad campaign by Beijing to increase Chinese soft power across the globe. CGTN America reaches 30 million households in the United States.
This week, the Grand Propaganda Campaign has suffered a great setback as the broadcaster recalled the head of its American station and other employees back to China in a leadership shake-up as scrutiny grows in the United States over the unit’s controversial connections to the CCP government.
The sudden transfer of the top leaders and at least a dozen other Chinese staffers of the Washington-based broadcaster caught some employees by surprise, said two of the employees, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the moves, the New York Times reports.
We will see the next move by the US government to restrict the broadcasting of CGTN news across the country, not just forcing it to register as a foreign agent.
The fate is similar with hundreds of Confucius institutes in the western world. According to official sources, there are currently 548 Confucius Institutes and 568 Confucius classrooms in primary and high schools worldwide.
These institutes are run in partnership between a host university and a university back in China with the Chinese Government Office of Chinese Language Council International – also known as Hanban-employing the Chinese staff and director.
According to ABC, the agreement between universities and schools under the Confucius Institutes state that staff cannot do anything that is not authorised by the Chinese Government, which critics argue will be anything that is contrary to the views of Beijing and directly contradicts principles of academic freedom and open debate.
There has been a string of incidents involving disputes over academic freedom and Chinese students and authorities. Some academics have cautioned against making assumptions that censorship incidents are linked to the institutes.
Same as CGTN branches that are going to be homeless overseas, these institutes will all be traced down and kicked out of the west like rats running across the streets.
The CCP prolongs its life of legitimacy by the country’s economic growth. It shows off its wealth through donations along the Belt and Road. But that money was stolen from the Chinese people. President Xi and other CCP leaders have never asked the people for approval of those donations. When the country is no longer affluent to pay for the extravagance, the base of the CCP will be shaken.
Apparently hit by the trade war, Chinese exports plunged 20.7% in February from a year earlier, according to Chinese government data released Friday. It was the weakest monthly performance since February 2016 and far worse than economists had predicted.
A U.S.-China trade accord is facing a new roadblock, as Chinese officials balk at committing to a presidential summit until the two countries have a firm deal in hand, according to people familiar with Beijing’s thinking.
To save the bloodline of foreign trade, Wang Shouwen, China’s Vice Minister of Commerce for international trade negotiations, raised a possible compromise at a news conference in Beijing on Saturday morning. He said China would be amenable to an agreement that gave each side an equal right to take trade actions against the other side after an agreement was struck.
“Any implementation mechanism must go in both directions, fair and equal,” Wang said, using China’s preferred term for an enforcement mechanism.
These communist officials have once again slapped their own faces when they use such words as “fair and equal” in trade relations.
No matter how many rounds of talks between the two countries, President Xi and Donald Trump will have no consensus as the two sides lack the fundamental grounds for any real deal.
While the US and Australia have currently closed the door on Huawei, experts are divided on whether the remaining three members of the Five Eyes alliance – drawing together the intelligence services of the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia – are likely to follow suit.
Huawei has become a lot more aggressive about defending its reputation against accusations of spying. The US has taken action against Huawei. It’s effectively locked Huawei out of its 5G networks. It’s pressuring its allies and other governments to also do the same thing and lock Huawei out of their 5G network.
Huawei will soon be another rat running down the streets, same as many other high-tech companies from China, like Alibaba and Tencent.
China’s data trove is growing particularly fast – 3% faster than the global average. This is an enormous asset for Chinese AI companies, which have helped the CCP to train more accurate facial recognition algorithms, and develop a nationwide social credit scoring system.
The CCP has kidnapped 1.4 billion Chinese with communism and Marxism, in addition to control by censorship.
Communism is dying. It is already a homeless dog in the streets. Marxism is an alienated spirit. They are foreign demons that act against Chinese traditions and historical values. Both CCP and Marxism must leave China. They must be cleared out of the streets of China like those disgusting rats.
By Winnie Troppie