At the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly via videoconference, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said that “China will honor its commitment of providing $2 billion of international assistance” and “provide another $50 million to the U.N. COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.”
He also claimed, “We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a cold war or a hot war with any country. We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation.”
Xi stressed, “We do not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in a zero-sum game. We will not pursue development behind closed doors.”
This kind of soft talk can be persuasive, and some people might even believe what he said. But I think few people will listen, particularly those who insist “people lie but sometimes tell the truth.” After all, with the U.S.-China trade war, the implementation of the Hong Kong version of the national security law that totally destroyed Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems,” and the spread of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has clearly demonstrated its “false, evil, and fighting” nature. As stated in The Epoch Times’ editorial series, the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” “Believing the words of the Communist Party—no matter what the issue may be—will cost one’s life.” We have seen this happen repeatedly and the world’s people must not be naive.
Xi Jinping’s remarks sound familiar. On April 10, 1974, former CCP leader Deng Xiaoping said at the U.N. General Assembly: “China is not a superpower, nor will she ever seek to be one. … If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.”
Coincidentally, when Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, Deng promised a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong for 50 years, including judicial independence, freedom of the press, liberty, and the rule of law. However, the situation changed only 23 years later, and it was destroyed in the hands of the current regime. Xi repeated what Deng said 46 years ago, but in fact the world has already been “quietly occupied” by the CCP, which is bullying, invading, and exploiting all over the world.
Two Spanish journalists have spent two years traveling to 25 countries and conducting more than 500 interviews, uncovering the corruption of Communist China’s quiet occupation of the world. They documented their findings in their book, “China’s Silent Army.”
The authors found that China is plundering the earth’s natural resources and taking advantage of the world’s people—from Turkmenistan’s natural gas, Dubai’s shopping malls to Congo’s mines. Products and manpower from China are changing the global business model. Chinese merchants not only occupied the most prosperous main street in Dhaka, the capital of Senegal, but also took over Burma’s forests and jade mines. In Peru, a miner who worked for a Chinese state-owned company said: “We feel like we are living in a Chinese colony.” Chinese companies have also brought Chinese laborers into Africa, abused overseas workers, damaged the environment in various places, and even colluded with the greedy political dignitaries of various countries to take advantage of them, according to the Spanish journalists.
For more than a decade, China’s economy has grown by exploiting labor and paying low wages. Ultra-cheap sweatshop goods caused global “deflation.” It has also caused dissatisfaction in foreign countries, with boycotts, retaliations, and even riots. The “burning of Chinese shoes” in Elche, the capital of Spain’s footwear industry, in September 2004 is a notable example. Some overseas Chinese business owners in Spain imported a large number of cheap footwear products from China and opened shoe factories and warehouse-style wholesale and retail stores in Elche. A good pair of Chinese shoes was shipped to Spain for only five euros, while the lowest price of Spanish-made shoes was eight euros. The price difference of three euros gave Chinese shoes a huge advantage in the Spanish market. At that time, there were dozens of Chinese shoe shops in Elche, which forced Spanish shoe factories to close down one after another.
Not only Spain, but even the world’s number one economic power, the United States, has felt the threat of China’s “low-priced” products. The book “Death by China: Confronting the Dragon—A Global Call to Action” by White House adviser Peter Navarro and expert Greg Autry describes how China’s economic rise is threatening the U.S. economy. The book points out that the CCP uses all possible weapons—protectionism, currency manipulation, cyber-attacks, and espionage—to launch attacks on every front. In the United States, some Chinese products, including toxic food and toys, and contaminated drugs, have caused serious harm or even killed consumers. At the same time, large U.S. companies formed alliances with Chinese state-owned enterprises, destroying American manufacturing.
Confronting the Chinese regime has been a top priority for the Trump administration. The ultimate goal is to awaken the whole world to oppose the CCP and work with the Chinese to defeat the CCP.
It has now reached a critical point. How can we continue to believe in the lies of the CCP, and not rush to form an alliance under the leadership of the United States to overthrow the CCP regime and save the world from destruction?
Wu Huilin, Ph.D., a former National Taiwan University Economics professor, is a visiting scholar at Chicago University Economics Department, a researcher at Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, professor at Shih Hsin University and professor at the Graduate Institute of Technological & Vocational Education at National Taipei University of Technology. He authored “The Surface and Truth of China’s Economic Reform,” and published over 100 scholarly articles and current affairs commentaries.
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