Although the ruling dictators still hold to their “Communist” name, in reality they and China are anything but. Who they really are is Fascists and China is the world’s most populous fascist sate.
One doesn’t have to look very long or hard before the first signs of China’s Fascist nature rear their ugly heads. Look a little deeper and you find fascism is all-pervasive in Chinese society. The very fact that the country is ruled by a single party unwilling to tolerate any other view, political, economic, or otherwise, which does not agree with its version of Chinese society is the first clue as to the true nature of the country. Dig a little deeper, but not much, and you are immediately inundated with the propaganda of China’s long and glorious past, a history that has been subverted and distorted to legitimize the ruling regime. On the ground, in schools and on the streets, state promoted anti-foreigner sentiment runs high. Any foreigner entering the country will at some point, probably within the first week, be regaled with lies and half-truths about the country’s supposed “great humiliation” and inevitable return to glory. Stay a bit longer and look a bit deeper and it becomes quickly apparent that from the upper echelons of the party all the way down to kids in kindergarten, China, its leaders, and its people have been feeding on a steady diet of racial superiority wrapped in the banner of national identity. A truly sick state of affairs indeed.
The Japanese Senkaku Islands
Historically speaking, China’s only substantiated claim is that in the 15th century a convoy of ships on their way to Okinawa noticed the uninhabited islands and noted them as landmarks on their maps. They never claimed them for the Chinese emperor, they never even set foot on them. In fact, until the US returned them to Japan it is possible that no Chinese had ever heard of them or set foot on them, but after their legal return to Japan by the United States, Hong Kong and Taiwanese activists have been known to illegally enter Japanese territory and stick flags in the dirt there. This of course has been a great opportunity for the Chinese Communists and their brainwashed subjects to display their fascist tendencies.
Sure there may be oil and gas under them and this is often used in international news publications as the cause for the ongoing dispute, but the real reason isn’t a fight to claim resources, the real reason is that China, like all fascist states, is undertaking a program of expansion. Chinese are out to acquire “living space” and just like the Nazis, are using faux historical claims as a pretext. This uninhabited island chain is only the first step as China actually claims all of Okinawa as its “indisputable territory”.
Like the South China Sea issue, history comes to the foreground. First in fallacious claims of historical boundaries, neither the islands in the South China Sea nor the ones off the coast of Japan were ever part of Chinese territory, and second in riling up nationalist sentiment against Japan in general because of perceived past aggression during WW2. Both the Italian and German fascists wove a national historical narrative around the basis of national humiliation to justify their expansion and resultant deaths of innocent outsiders. China is no different.
In response to Japan’s rightful arrest and deportation of Taiwanese and Hong Kong protestors, China has even gone so far as to claim that the treaty signed between the United States and Japan at the end of WW2 to be illegal. They simply state that they do not recognize it, therefore it doesn’t exist. The German fascists pulled the same sort of shenanigans in regards to reparations payments they were required to pay after WW1.
On the streets of China the other uglier side of fascism has once again shown its face in the form of massive anti-Japan demonstrations and rioting. The scenes of overturned Japanese cars and Japanese themed businesses coming under attack bring to mind Hitler’s “Crystal Night” where German brown shirts ran rampant against Jewish owned business in a display of fierce nationalism. The very fact that the average Chinese person who has absolutely no stake in the island dispute and would never benefit if they became part of China seems to have had no bearing on the actions of these protestors. They aren’t there for personal gain, they are their simply because they lack a true identity beyond that of the state, a situation every fascist government has dreamed of.
The individual has been so subverted in China that they are nothing if they are not Chinese. This has come about as a result of the government’s institution of “Patriotic Education” after the T-Square massacre. Through a steady diet of 5000 years of history (a lie), through to the evil West and the opium wars, to evil Japan in WW2 (more lies), Chinese people have become religious zealots where China, its history, and its future are concerned. Chinese people falsely believe that China developed on its own for 1000’s of years becoming the greatest civilization on the planet and that because of evil outsiders the country and its people lost their preeminence in modern times but through the leadership of the party they will someday regain their rightful place. The truth is, China never ruled the world, most of their culture is and was copied from neighbors (including things such as tea drinking, bronze working, and likely their written characters as well), they were defeated in the 18th and 19th centuries because their system is inherently weak and poorly organized, and it will never be able to regain its historical greatness because it never actually had it, like the islands off Japan. The idiots rioting in the street overturning their countrymen’s cars are so blinded by the governments bullshit about historical greatness that they are completely unaware that rather than advancing China down the road to greatness, they are pushing it farther into the abyss.
Classical fascism is usually defined as necessarily having a strong charismatic leader. China did have such a leader, Mao, who presided over the greatest disasters and largest loss of life in Chinese, and perhaps human, history. Today they have the Party. A shadowy group who operates more like and Italian mob than a political party locked away safe from the Chinese people the preside over. Everything good that happens in China is promoted as being a result of its benevolent rule, and everything bad portrayed as an issue the Party will solve so long as Chinese people shut up and follow the Party. In every aspect it has taken the place of the necessary charismatic fascist leader, especially during international shows like that taking place on the Senkaku Islands these past few days.
Through the heavily controlled press, the Chinese government (aka The Party) has steadily provided a steady stream of “news (aka hate) for the Chinese people to consume. Article after article has appeared in the Chinese press about the Senkaku Islands, most recently about the Japanese protestors who arrived to plant their own nation’s flag there. The Commie rags that pass for newspapers have continually expressed their dissatisfaction with Japan and their support of the protests in China with statements such as this: ”It is totally reasonable and justifiable for any citizens to launch protests when their territorial sovereignty is trampled on.” Hahaha! Excuse me, but that’s a pretty hilarious statement. How could some downtrodden peasant in a Chinese landlocked city have his “territorial sovereignty trampled on”? Did the Japanese protestors come to China and walk on a bunch of ignorant peasants?
China is Anti-Foreigner
The Current situation with the Senkaku Islands is only one example of China’s fascist core. Foreigners in China who have been here for a few years or so are usually quite aware at just how anti-foreigner China can be. How identity for the local Chinese is necessarily tied up and dependent on the illegitimate state and how average Chinese people feel personally attacked whenever any foreign country, press, or person criticizes China. Even I, for writing this blog, have received death threats from small-minded individuals insecure because of their inherent inadequacies. Like the government, the nation as a whole has a huge chip on its shoulder and when anything goes wrong in China, it is automatically blamed on outsiders. This can be in the form of masses of disgruntled locals attacking foreigners as happened in Zhengzhou this past Friday, or to government crackdowns on foreigners in general like after the video of the British guy who was supposedly raping a girl on a Beijing street went viral. Even old China hands like Mark Kitto have had enough of being a target of the Chinese government and the masses and has called it quits recently.
Whenever I get outraged at China’s pro-China anti foreigner bent, I usually consoled myself in the fact that China would fall apart if all the foreigners left. Everything modern in China you see today came from the outside world. The technologies, factories, and development are all a product of foreign, mainly Western involvement in China. If foreigners left and took their factories with them, China would wither and die.
Is a war with China possible?
War is definitely possible if government rhetoric on the subject and peasants “faith” is anything to go by. When contemplating war with China, something that appears to be more and more inevitable as China continues its fascist expansion, is that China would lose any war with the developed world, and lose badly at that. The first reason for this cheery prediction is that throughout history China has never won a war against a foreign power. Time and time again, weather against the Mongols, The Japanese, or the British, China has crumbled when faced with opposition from the outside. I can see no reason why this trend isn’t going to continue. Secondly, the Chinese military is essentially unskilled and inexperienced. Besides some fairly routine UN missions all the Chinese military has been doing for the past 60 years is fighting Chinese peasants and rolling over students. When faced with a real combatant, likely they’d turn and run or join the opposing force, just like they have always done.
In light of these historical facts, I think the West should be taking a more hard-line approach towards China. Whether it is islands off the coast of Japan, the South China Sea, or Tibet, Western powers should call China’s bluff and threaten military action. My prediction is that China and its government would suddenly become a lot quieter and a lot more agreeable.
The West is partly to Blame
After June 4th ’89 the Western world resolutely came together in condemnation of China’s corrupt and backward regime. Unfortunately, Deng’s response was to placate Western governments and subvert Western sensibilities by “opening up” China to foreign investment. The students at T-Square paid for Western business opportunity with their lives and the West hasn’t looked back since. Greed got the better of the west and China was able to continue its totalitarian rule and pay lip service to human rights and the rule of law.
Today it’s the same story. Western economies are greatly dependent on China as a result of our own mishandling of economic issues. Just like how greed got the better of us when we should have been punishing China and demanding regime change in the Early 90’s, the last 10 years, especially since the financial crisis of 2008 has seen the developed morally superior Western world increasingly become dependent on the continuation of the Chinese state. China has been on a steady debt buying spree and has effectively become the banker of the West’s faltering economies, but what’s of greater importance is that they have been allowed to invest heavily in Western government’s infrastructure projects and buy up key national companies and entire industries.
Across the Western world China has become a key player and owner in business to such an extent that the entire well-being of western nations may hinge on the intentions of the Chinese Communist Party. This is not a positive development by any stretch of the imagination. Western people should really be standing up and asking “Do we want a fascist state controlling or liberal democracies?”