The bizarre orchestrated western media response to Hu’s exit from the PRC’s national Congress meeting in Beijing is noteworthy. Apparently a frail 79 year old man being gently escorted out the CCP Congress shows-the-utter-ruthlessness-of-xi-jinpings-quest-for-absolute-power!
Exactly how that is the case is not made clear, and why he would be so publicly supposedly removed from office is unexplained, but apparently any opportunity to demean and deride the Chinese Communist party by the West is a good opportunity. But why should that be so?
The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong based and not China state media) reported that ‘The episode was not reported in Chinese state media but in its evening newscast on Saturday night state broadcaster CCTV included a shot of the former president voting at the closing ceremony before his exit’. Clearly Mr Hu Jintao had not been sent off to the concentration camps or eaten by sharks at the behest of President Xi Jinping, like other more fanciful stories concocted by South Korean ‘intelligence’ officials about North Koreans who buck the Party line –but mysteriously reappear larger than life later after suffering a hideous death!
We are told that Xi Jinping is ‘ruthlessly’ consolidating his power by appointing more of his supporters to his decision-making circle, (something of course that Western politicians never ever do!) after the Chinese Communist Party Congress (representing its 96.71 million members) were somehow intimidated into once again electing the dictator Xi Jingping for a third consecutive term!
And we are told by Western media that China has a ‘very aggressive’ foreign policy. Strangely this view is not reflected by most of the nations of the South, many of whom have benefitted enormously from China’s technical expertise and support for their infrastructure development – in sharp contrast to the predatory practices of the United States and its IMF and World Bank proxies, of dismantling economically vulnerable states for the benefit of American corporations.
The Chinese ‘threat’ therefore is that the long-standing predatory actions of the United States and its Western white allies (what the West likes to call the ‘rule-based order) are under threat.
Even in little old New Zealand China’s economic overtures to small Pacific Island nations are seen as a heinous threat to New Zealand agricultural businesses’ accessing cheap (often under minimum wage) Pacific Island farm labour. The crime of China providing the infrastructure drinkable water to villages in the Cook Islands (whose population are technically New Zealand citizens!!) was recently outlined in detail on New Zealand’s state television and radio
Attempts by the United States to try and ensure Chinese businesses are unable to access state of the art semi-conductors for their electronic equipment is just one more example of ‘rule-based order’ Western nations trying to ensure their continued capacity to loot the countries of the South .
The pretence is that these actions by the US are designed to impede China’s military aggressive actions. They are in fact designed to ensure China stays a subservient power to the US, economically and militarily. Charles Freeman (ex US diplomat) states it bluntly: ‘This is the equivalent of smoking pot in a hot tub and fantasizing about tripping up competitors in track events, while they are out training and trying out new equipment. It’s conceivable that China will stumble and fall, enabling us effortlessly to “win the future,” but it is imbecilic to count on this. Delusional complacency and reliance on dumb luck or divine intervention will not enable us to outperform China or any other rising power.
And as Counterpunch notes: ‘Biden and the Post are talking about a country [China] that has not used military force outside its borders for more than 40 years, and has only one military facility [Djibouti] outside its zone of influence.’. Contrast that with the West’s brutal wars in the last 40 years in Iraq, Syria, and Libya- let alone its unwavering support for Israel’s slow genocide of the Palestinian people or the U.S.’s 750 plus military bases across the world.
Pelosi’s bizarre flight to Taiwan recently to stir up the Republic of China or ROC (colloquially known as ‘Taiwan’) into buying lots more American military equipment they didn’t know they needed, is just one more of many examples of attempts by the US to provoke mainland China so it can be further labelled in the Western (white) media as an aggressive dictatorship and thus not to be trusted. It is after all only the Western white media (and now Zelensky’s PR team) who speak “the truth”!!!
A not dissimilar strategy has been successfully used by the US and its white allies against the Russians by arming Ukraine to the teeth with NATO weapons and supporting Kiev in shelling and killing 10,000 Ukrainian Russian speaking civilians in the Donbass since 2014. The killings, the US supported Maidan coup in Kiev in 2014, the savagery of the neonazi battalions in the Donbass and Kiev’s secret service, the SBU, simply no longer exist!- they are supposedly wiped clean from our memories.
It would seem that those of us in the West are, not so slowly, being brainwashed by a Western media in lock-step with Western corporate ‘interests’ and their politicians, to believe that China and Russia are the evil ones against whom we must fight to the bitter end to maintain our ‘right’ to plunder the rest of the non-white world as we see fit.
And all the while, Gaia will have the last laugh on those petty human squabbles.
The South China Morning Post ( Hong Kong based and not state media ) reported that ‘The episode was not reported in Chinese state media but in its evening newscast on Saturday night state broadcaster CCTV included a shot of the former president voting at the closing ceremony before his exit’.
An erudite and sane perspective on the Ukraine war and international relations by Robert Falk (below)
And Chris Hedges’ beautiful but savage indictment of all war