Donald Trump may be many things to different people, a figure who incites almost unsurmountable arguments for, or against. One aspect of his persona however that must surely be agreed upon by his admirers and critics alike is the recognition that his modus operandi is that of bluster and opportunism. This explains his numerous volte face. His words may appear as drawn from inviolable principle and conviction, as implied by his invective on China’s trade practices and impact on the US economy. Yet this is a man driven by the securement of the deal. As such there’s no consideration of humanitarian ethics operating, only the ambition to maintain or advance profit. In that objective what looked to be uncompromising commitments are like chess pawns, abandoned when their strategic use is exhausted, or circumstance changed.
The latest turn around followed his meeting at the recent G20 Summit with Chinese tyrant Xi Jinping in which he suddenly declared (to the dismay and understandable consternation of the US political and national security establishment) that America was open for business with Huawei, the controversial tech company. This statement runs counter to the genuine concerns expressed by the President’s security advisers, that the considered alarm signalled to the White House regarding the risks to national security by allowing trade with Huawei was nevertheless unceremoniously dumped.
This suggests that Trump’s inflamed and emphatic announcements with respect to that Chinese corporation were little more than calculated rhetoric, his Executive Order blocking US companies from using Huawei‘s technology, an investment posture to be called in for the advancement of wider goals.
Having decided such objectives are now realized, by affirming American corporations can now freely invest in Huawei‘s products and services the President, in his economic calculations, must be satisfied that he has captured trading advantage to the United States, Well only time will reveal the facts on that matter.
Meanwhile, it remains the case that Huawei is deeply embedded with the Chinese regime, and cannot function without its approval. That it covertly serves as a conduit for China’s intelligence services is widely known, while lesser realized is that it has constructed (and actively operates) within occupied lands such as Tibet and East Turkistan a mass-surveillance infrastructure well beyond the nightmarish vision of George Orwell’s 1984. As shown by President Trump’s vacillations on China such factors do not trouble those who value only commercial expansion and furthering economic supremacy!
It’s easy for folk to have an impression of China as a modernized, economically booming country. After all that’s been the narrative pushed by mainstream media since the 1980s and China’s restructuring of its domestic economy. It became a market-orientated economy, awarded by the USA Most Favored Nation status (from which human rights were eventually decoupled on the dubious assertion that unfettered economic engagement would lead to political democratization). Allowed entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001 the Chinese economy has gone on to become a dominant global force. The reportage of this transformation has become something of a cliché and become firmly placed in popular perception of China.
What’s been less reported is that this economic metamorphosis has enabled massive investments into China’s military occupation of Tibet and other occupied territories such as East Turkistan and Southern Mongolia. Nor has the mainstream media devoted any meaningful coverage to a parallel increase in the concentration of political power within the Chinese Communist Party. Indeed some would say that China’s embrace of capitalism and free trade was in part designed to maintain and strengthen the position of the regime. This has resulted in even greater repression, censorship and human rights concerns, which have been largely ignored and tolerated by other countries. Meanwhile China’s President Xi Jinping has consolidated to himself supreme political control, with the mass applause of the ‘National People’s Congress’.
Throughout the years China’s communist authorities have used fear and corruption to ensure control and that process has intensified, especially for the peoples of occupied Tibet and East Turkistan.
In the past few days so-called Tibet Television has been broadcasting a series targeting ‘anti-corruption’ and the ‘regulation’ of communist party members. Coded language for another propaganda drive to suppress any dissenting Tibetan voices within its administration. Another purge against Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama, as there’s no tolerance for any belief apart from the dictate of China’s communist party, as commentated upon in the Global Times (a conduit for China’s propaganda) by Xiong Kunxin, a lecturer at the so-called Tibet University in Lhasa:
‘The CPC remains an atheist organization. Thus, CPC members are banned from religious beliefs, because they can only believe in Marxism; believing in other religions means betrayal of their chosen belief and it will shake their belief in Marxism and separate them from the Party’.
China may well have opened the doors to global trade, it’s cities and manufacturing transformed by an economic revolution, but make no mistake at its political heart it remains a totalitarian state which murders, tortures and enslaves to retain power.
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