I have recently written much about China for several reasons. Americans need to know about their greatest enemy, whose No. 1 goal is to replace the United States as dominant world power and subjugate all of humanity under a murderous, slave-creating, Leftist dictatorship. I must do it because Joe Biden, the Washington Uniparty, and American media and academics won’t. Biden and the Democrats are too busy destroying America themselves to realize somebody else is trying to do it, too. Or, more accurately, using them as their “useful idiots” to accomplish it.
But that doesn’t mean that the administration is totally ignorant of the current oppressive and foreigner-threatening situation in China; it just doesn’t care enough to pressure the CCP back into the civilized world. (Where is Ronald Reagan now that we need him?) Recently, the State Department raised China to a “Level 3” travel advisory threat, meaning that prospective visitors should “reconsider travel” because of arbitrary enforcement of laws by the Chinese regime, possible harassment, and even being jailed in total ignorance of any crime they committed. In other words, some (uncommon) wisdom from Washington: Stay out of China!
The last six months I was in China last year, the police came to my school or apartment three times to harass me for absolutely no reason. I ate, slept, taught class, and hid under the bed; that is all I ever did the last few months I was there. But that wasn’t enough to prevent them from bullying me. It appears to be even worse now.
A “Level 3” advisory is the second highest travel advisory. But, a fair question is, why is China only at Level 3 when Russia, Iran, and Venezuela are all at Level 4 (the highest)? I suspect Mr. Biden’s administration has something to do with that, too. Mustn’t upset Hunter and Joe’s plum trees. I wonder if Biden even knows what his State Department did. I seriously doubt it.
The advisory warns that government personnel, academics, journalists, business people, among others, could be detained for “conducting research, accessing publicly available materials [food?], and sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese regime.” It doesn’t mention “breathing,” but I’m pretty sure the CCP doesn’t like it when foreigners do that, either. My Canadian buddy here in Thailand is getting ready to go back to China because an academic job is there. I told him I will refuse to go visit him in prison. He wasn’t especially amused, but I don’t want to end up there, too.
But maybe it will all be moot. A state-run Chinese publication (they all are) recently reprinted a March 2022, speech by Xi Jinping where the dictator expressed “concern” that the CCP might be headed for a Soviet Union-style collapse if “cadres fail to adhere to Marxism and communism.” Those are actually the very reasons China WILL someday collapse, but they are also the basis of Mr. Xi’s power, and he isn’t going to change that. He’ll go down with the ship, if he is still around when it does. According to one scholarly observer (a Chinese academic who will remain unnamed to protect him), this speech “showed Xi in a state of extreme sense of crisis,” and that the CCP “is in the most dangerous situation since its founding.” The pandemic, the resultant stagnant economy, a surging unemployment rate, and the exodus of Chinese people and foreign businesses could all combine to “shake the red power.” “Xi Jinping is very anxious,” this researcher opined.
Could it be? Is China teetering on the brink a bit? A little push from Washington—which obviously isn’t forthcoming under the current administration—certainly couldn’t hurt. But I’m skeptical.
But I also confess, I don’t know, and I really have no inside information other than my own historical studies and having lived in China for 10 years. I still talk to people there and get no sense of foreboding or urgency from them. I’m not an “expert” on the country, by a long shot, but I do have some insights maybe others don’t have. First, China is an incredibly inscrutable nation and people. They always have been to the West, and that remains just as true today as it was 100, 200, 500 years ago. We don’t understand China. It would take a few lifetimes to do so, and I was only there a decade. I can’t begin to tell you what will happen there.
Secondly, a collapse COULD transpire—and eventually will. Marxism as an economic system has some essential, fatal economic and moral fallacies that have led to its downfall wherever it has been tried. The few “Marxist” nations that still exist have had to adapt the theory extensively to survive, yet try to hold on to its basic socialist tenets. That is what China has done—“socialism with Chinese characteristics,” gobbledygook worse than a Kamala Harris speech. However, there are some currently troublesome economic conundrums—extreme debt, 40-plus percent poverty rate, power struggles in the CCP. Xi looks to be solidly in charge; but…is he really? It is impossible to know what is going on in the inner workings of the CCP. Yeah, a collapse could happen at any time, though outwardly it doesn’t look plausible in the near future. But with China, I’ve learned to never say never. Except the CCP will cheat, kill, lie, and steal. Those are absolutes of any philosophically Leftist-run institution. Witness the Democratic Party in America today, which is just a puppy right now compared to the CCP. Let’s hope the mutt dies before it reaches maturity.
Of course, nobody predicted the fall of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s-early 1990s. So, what will happen in China? Stay out of the country, wait, and find out. That’s my advice. And kill that Democratic Party dog as quickly as possible before it kills us.