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As a first generation Chinese American, coming from Taiwan almost 60 years ago, I am disturbed by the current Communist China regime. I also make a distinction between the Chinese people and the current government that is controlling over China. When I criticize China, I am always referring to the government and not the people. In America, where our government is the people, it is not the case. When people criticize America, they are also criticizing the American people. We elected the government and they are doing our bidding.
- July 2020
The Communist Chinese government has been in control over China since 1949. At that time, there were two factions, one communist under the leadership of Mao and one Nationalist under the leadership of Chiang Kai-Shek. The Nationalist lost the control over mainland and escaped to the island of Taiwan.
A massive social experiment ensued over the next 25 years. In 1973, things changed. The West, under President Nixon, decided to open up China to trade. It was mutually beneficial for both sides. The cold war ended in 1990 and the US was left as the sole superpower after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
While People's Republic of China, CCP, took-over the seat in the UN Security Council, Taiwan was delegated to a minor status among the nations of the world.
In 2020, China has gained economic strength and is now the second largest economic power behind the US. With its 1.4 billion population, four times the size of the US, they are poised to gain superpower status in the near future. To their credit, they have achieved this in a short period of 40 some years.
This has a dual track. While economically, they have surpassed many nations in their pursuit of wealth and prosperity, the human rights suffered. As witnessed in the Tiananmen Square incident where student protesters were rolled over by military tanks. The CCP has demonstrated their willingness to hold on to power at any and all costs. Currently, Hong Kong is undergoing a similar trial.
Confusing The Party with the People
In my discussions with family members and friends who are Asian, they have the notion that China is one and the same as the people of China. When the US calls out China for unfair trade practices, they felt a direct attack on the people. Being Chinese, I guess it is a knee jerk reaction to defend Chinese when under attack.
I have to point out that the CCP does not represent the people of China. In 2019, the total members of CCP is stated as 91 million. That is less than 1% of the total population of China.
We have a generation of Chinese Americans who lived in the US, prospered here, succeeded here, build a great life for their family and their kids but now are willing to accept the notion that China is "better" than America.
Based on what? They cite China's economic super power status, the modern infrastructure of super highways and bullet trains, the major constructions of the dams and the increased presence in space and the wealth of a new middle class.
The advanced technology of 5G and the ability to get things done on a massive scale.
All true but there is one thing they are missing.
Just like in 1940 Italy, where the people loved Mussolini because he made the trains run on time. The modern attraction to China is misguided. It is based on force and coercion. What is going on in China is no less than a dictatorship. The CCP calls all the shots. The people have no voice. In fact, freedom of information does not exist. The web is heavily censored. News is one sided.
Some Lessons From History...
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Let that sink in. When you let a small group or individual consolidate power, it will lead to bad results. It happened under Mao, and Stalin and Hitler and Mussolini and Castro and Chavez in more recent times.
Even when you have a benevolent leader or king, it is short lived. That is why our system, is "better". It is not perfect, but it is better in terms of self government. The people decides. They vote via elections. When they make a mistake and voted for a bad leader, the system self corrects in four years.
"Some people identify another battle, mentioned earlier in Revelation, as a prophecy of China in the end times. The association hinges on the mention of an army of 200 million (Revelation 9:16) and occasional reports of China’s capability of equipping such a vast army. There are a couple problems with this view. One is that Revelation 9 says nothing of an army from the East; rather, it speaks of a demonic horde that destroys a third of mankind. The “horses” these beings ride are definitely not normal horses (verse 17). Also, the battle of Revelation 9 occurs after the sixth trumpet judgment; the battle of Revelation 16 involving the kings of the East occurs after the sixth bowl judgment, probably about three and a half years later."
Interesting to note, the current size of the Chinese military:
In 2020, China had the largest active duty military force in the world, with about 2.18 million active military personnel.
This is nowhere near the 200 million man army from the East...
Which Is Preferable?
Democracy is not efficient or fast acting. A dictator can just say go do this or do that and it gets done. In a democracy, people with various opinions debate, and try to convince the other side of their policies. They are put up to a vote at election time and hopefully the best people and best ideas win. Unfortunately, it does not always work out. We've had great Presidents like Reagan and weak President like Carter. In the end, our system self corrects. The answer to my question is time will tell.
Our system has lasted 240 years and succeeded beyond all expectations while some of the opposing systems have failed miserably.
China has come a long way since 1949. In the last 70 year, China went from a 3rd world nation status to a super power competitive to US and even surpassed Russia(formerly the Soviet Union). They were helped along this path by the West. It was Nixon and Kissinger that opened China for trade and prosperity. China now has moved ahead by pure size and will power. The vast population, and their leaders have decided willfully to dominate the world economically. They have a long view and they are very patient. Their goal is to surpass the GDP of the US by 2030. From all projections, they were on that path until Trump. Trump was elected partly to put a stop to this and other miss-guided policies.
1. Illegal immigration.
2. Trade imbalance and outsourcing.
In a short three and a half years, Trump has succeeded beyond all expectations. China is facing pushback and the latest COVID-19 pandemic, originated out of China, has caused a wake-up call. Our country and others around the world are beginning to realize the foolishness of past policies dealing with China - CCP.
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- Some Details About China and the Communist China Government
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- China 2030 Project
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Jack Lee
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 07, 2020:
"I also make a distinction between the Chinese people and the current government that is controlling over China." - I highly appreciate this. I was born and raised in the Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship and I know the different between the common people/masses and those in power holding the country hostage.
"The West, under President Nixon, decided to open up China to trade. It was mutually beneficial for both sides." - This is debatable, right? Because now we see why we should at least make medical equipment here in North America and not fully rely on China for manufacturing. I'm in Canada but we have the same issue here. No plastic gloves because we moved all the manufacturing to China ... sigh.
"While economically, they have surpassed many nations in their pursuit of wealth and prosperity, the human rights suffered." - I would never trade "human rights" for "economic gains". Never. I'd slash my own throat before I do that.
"The modern attraction to China is misguided. It is based on force and coercion. What is going on in China is no less than a dictatorship." - Yes, bingo!! You are so very right here!
"Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - This quote is under-rated. People need to understand this.
"It happened under Mao, and Stalin and Hitler and Mussolini and Castro and Chavez in more recent times." - I wrote yesterday to Al Jazeera: "Qatar: my favorite dictatorship. Actually, Cuba and Qatar are the only acceptable dictatorships nowadays."
"Democracy is not efficient or fast acting." - Of course not because gaining consensus is not easy. It takes time, engagement, discussions, etc. but that's what democracy is all about: everyone involved. Otherwise, tyranny: one person tells You what to do constantly.
Alrighty, there are many things we do not agree on but on this issue I think we agree quite a lot.
Thanks for writing this piece. All the best!
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on July 07, 2020:
Thanks. I thought this was a needed discussion among some of my peers.
T on July 07, 2020:
One of your best articles Jack. Well done!