Communism the Chinese Way
Most of what we hear in the news about China lately concerns the tariff wars between them and the U.S. or the theft of intellectual property. But what most people forget is that mainland China is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). And that communism's goal is to control every person on the planet.
We now have several generations that don't remember the rise of communism under the old Soviet Union. That is primarily because the educational system in this era of globalists no longer teaches true history, but just that which advances their agenda's. But to those that remember and are paying attention today would realize that the tactics of both are the same. China is just better at PR than the Soviets were.
China has concentration camps like the Soviets (or other socialist dictators). They suppress religion (Falun Gong). If someone should question them, China's response is that it is none of our business and look over there instead.
China has complete control over the economy like the Soviets. They make it look like it is a capitalist economy, but they still control every aspect of it. They know if they make it look like capitalism, we will be gullible enough to give them our money to build up their country.
China is expanding their territory like the communist Soviet Union. While the Soviets did it mostly by military force, the Chinese are working a two prong approach. Their military is slowing taking over the South China Sea, while they are using their money to create debtor nations where they can take over the resources when the bill can't be paid - some of which is in our own backyard.
But the communists know that they best way to control the world's population is to have them believe that communism's way is the best way. That takes infiltration into the very fabric of other nation's institutions and/or pressuring nations to agree with their point of view. The Soviets had their sympathizers in the United States until the politicians noticed what they were stealing - remember McCarthy?
The CCP has their own version of infiltration. Under the guise of diplomacy, China has been advocating Sister City Partnerships and Friendship City agreements. These are nice sounding agreements that the Chinese have made with a lot of cities around the world. It would seem that most of our politicians didn't bother to read the documents or care what was in them - until recently.
In October, the city council of Prague voted to terminate its Sister city relationship with Beijing and shortly thereafter, Beijing announced it would also end the Friendship City agreement - one of many treaties signed during Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to the Czech Republic in 2016. They also stopped direct flights between China and Prague (the Czech aviation authority refused to remove references to Taiwan), and terminated financial support for the Slavia Praha football club in Prague.
This spat started when Zdenek Hrib was elected mayor of Prague in November of 2018 and repeatedly asked Beijing to remove a clause in the Friendship Agreement that read, "Supporting One-China Policy, Taiwan belongs to China". He never received a response.
The "one China" policy maintains that there is only one sovereign state under the name of China. The mainland Chinese regime views Taiwan (officially called the Republic of China) as a renegade province to be united with the mainland in the future - by military force if necessary. Even though Taiwan is a self-ruled island with its own elected government, military and currency, the CCP has sought to undermine Taiwan's international standing by pressuring countries to accept the one-China policy and drop diplomatic ties with Taiwan - which some have recently done.
One the other hand, Taiwan believes that it is the sole legitimate "republic of China" because they were forced off the mainland when the communists took over. When the officials in Prague publicly challenged the "one China" policy clause, they raised an important question. Cities have no diplomatic authority to intervene in the foreign affairs of a nation, which is where such a policy would be written into the treaties between countries. So why is it in a Friendship Agreement?
The answer is to get around pesky things like treaties. Beijing calls these agreements "citizen diplomacy" and they are run by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). The stated objective of this self-proclaimed non-governmental organization is to promote the ties between Chinese and foreign cities. In reality, it is run by senior Party officials and is a proxy of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This gives the CCP a quasi-diplomatic organization that isn't on the list of diplomatic envoys and isn't regulated by foreign governments.
While appearing to be diplomatic, the Friendship City is actually used to influence people and organizations overseas to promote its agenda. Another less noticeable function is to export the CCP's human rights violations and religious persecution. In a 2017 Party document, titled "Working Points of the Henan Provincial Party Committee's Leading Group for Preventing and Handling Heretical Teachings," there is a section detailing the role of friendship cities.
"(We must) fully utilize the channels of friendship cities, improve the quality of the work of friendship cities, and effectively suppress Falun Gong's space for activities outside the country," it states. Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) is a spiritual meditation practice whose adherents - since 1999 - continue to be harassed, imprisoned, and tortured for their faith.
Then there is the Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification (CPPNR). There are 37 branches in the United States. Since the U.S. doesn't have "official diplomatic relations" with Taiwan, then why do they need chapters here to talk us out of diplomatic relations with Taiwan so they can reunify? And all of the CPPNR branches are in countries that have diplomatic ties to China, but not to Taiwan. Add to that the fact the CCP rhetoric states that "unification" is an internal Chinese affair.
So what is there real purpose? They don't organize any activities related to domestic affairs in their host country. Only two of the CPPNR branches are located in Washington. They even have branches in Guam and Puerto Rico. Since they are not registered as lobbying groups, we can only assume they are here as a backdoor to influence the American population at large.
On another front, the tide may be turning for the Chinese funded centers of Chinese language and cultural education called the Confucius Institutes. They were first established in 2004 and grew to more than 90 embedded in college campuses, with outreach to K-12 schools and the communities broadly.
They typically offered some combination of Mandarin language classes and cultural programming, staffed in part by visiting teachers from China. They were funded by the Chinese government, with matching resources provided by the colleges. There have always been criticisms of them, mainly because the agreements establishing them have clauses that permit them "to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate."
Over the year and half, the debate over CIs has become the focus of the political realm. There are concerns about Chinese government-influenced activities and espionage-related threats on American campuses. That pressure has forced at least ten Institutes to be closed in just the last year.
On the other side of the debate are many educators that believe the CIs have contributed greatly to language, cultural education, and the arts. And that may be. But I still have to go back to the overriding tenet of a communist nation. No matter how nicely it is gift wrapped, nothing happens concerning Chinese citizens and international relationships unless it benefits their long-term objectives - world control.