How China Turned the Global Marketplace into a Fool’s Paradise

Global marketplace wealth-potential has blinded the world to the nefarious machinations of the Chinese Communist Party.

President Donald J. Trump joins Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the start of their bilateral meeting Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the G20 Japan Summit in Osaka, Japan. ( Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The High Cost of Cheap Goods

Though Republicans and Democrats don’t always agree, most voting members of the two major U.S. political parties have come to an important conclusion in wake of Covid-19:

The price of goods cheaply made and produced in China is much higher than that of mere money.

The price of cheaply produced Chinese goods includes accepting Chinese Communist Party control and censorship. Our movies, our newspapers; even individual public figures in the U.S. aren’t free to speak their mind about China.

Hollywood studio execs who want their films shown to Chinese audiences must first submit those films to China’s Central Propaganda Department, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of Education, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Public Security and the State Bureau of Religious Affairs, just to name a few.

“China and its one-party government currently lack…clear guidelines and standards. As such, it’s difficult to know whether or not a proposed project may fall afoul of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)- an organization for which projecting the image of a stable society is considered paramount to preserving its hold on power.” — “Ten Things to Know about Working in Film in China”: American Film Market Magazine, 2016.

No one who wants to stay on good terms with the Chinese Communist Party should dare raise the subjects of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Hong Kong’s dreams of democracy, Taiwan’s existence, or Winnie the Pooh. Tibet and the Dali Lama are also verboten.

To do business in China, the Chinese Communist Party requires western individuals, entities and corporations to forget that the Chinese authority buddhist monks were resisting when they burned themselves alive 50-years ago in protest is the very same Chinese authority still in charge today.

Mass media and news companies are hardly exempt from the censorious cost of doing business with China, either.

The Bloomberg news organization came under fire recently when leaked audio exposed the lengths Bloomberg’s editor was prepared to go to stay on good terms with China: “Bloomberg News Killed Investigation, Fired Reporter, Then Sought to Silence His Wife.” — NPR. April 14, 2020.

Before 1979, the U.S. did not trade with China for a simple reason: The humanitarian abuses of the Chinese Communist Party weren’t considered tolerable in civilized international society.

What has changed about the Chinese Communist Party’s record on humanitarian abuse since the 1979?

Nothing whatsoever.

When the west abandoned its efforts to freeze the CCP out of trade partnerships with other nations to curb its humanitarian abuses, it was thought that a closer trading relationship with western powers would rehabilitate the CCP.

There was also something of a competition going on: China, the last major bastion of communism on earth versus the free market democracy of the U.S. Western experts believed that, in time, free market capitalism would prove itself superior and communism would die away in China, as it had died away everywhere else.

Socialism and communism may sound like a good idea to privileged college students in the west, but every single country in history which has practiced it has abandoned it save three: North Korea, Venezuela and China.

After four decades however, it has become clear that the justifications used by western powers to open trade with the Chinese Communist Party, in spite of the humanitarian abuses against China’s people and neighboring countries that continues unabated until this day, were in error.

The Chinese Communist Party might have fallen out of power twenty-years ago had the west not allowed those same authorities to steal with impunity technology from trading partners.

The Chinese Communist Party is using technology systematically stolen from the west over the past four decades, in concert with a Chinese tech industry which is entirely controlled by the government… and its military.

Every industry in China is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese military. There are no private industries or companies in China

The CCP has used stolen technology in part to create the most advanced surveillance state ever conceived by mankind. The Chinese authorities will soon be able to find anyone, anywhere in China in three minutes.

Their current average is seven minutes.

This technology has not been used to improve the lives of the citizens of China. It isn’t even being used to sell people things- as it is in the U.S.- which is a nefarious enough use of the invasive technology.

The CCP is now bringing every bit of this advanced surveillance and their powers of state censorship to bear on suppressing research into the origin of the coronavirus in China.

Which means the cost of cheaply made goods in China now also includes the occasional outbreak of deadly disease. And since Chinese authorities cannot be counted upon to allow Chinese scientists to freely participate in the international scientific community, future outbreaks are likely to be handled with the same dangerous reticence more focused on preserving the power of the CCP than preventing worldwide death and destruction.

The cost of cheaply produced Chinese goods includes a global health organization charged with protecting public health- which isn’t allowed to report honestly about a viral pandemic. The cost even includes a European Union cowed enough by Chinese authorities to self-censor anything remotely critical in its own reports about Beijing’s handling of the outbreak.

The cost includes the news that authorities and scientists in Britain have made the decision to remove Covid-19 data provided by the Chinese Communist Party from their studies; they have deemed it too unreliable.

Since it has become clear to them that the west isn’t even willing to risk being rude about the Chinese Communist Party’s blatant coronavirus lies and admissions, the Chinese government has begun moving more aggressively against the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

What are we prepared to do if Chinese authorities elect for a full-scale military crack-down on the peacefully demonstrating citizens of Hong Kong? A scenario that seemed farfetched pre Covid-19 is becoming more likely by the day. Chinese authorities have taken aggressive steps in the past week to lay the groundwork for just such a move.

Cheap Chinese goods sold on the global marketplace already include a cost in devastation to the environment; and a built-in investment in a vast, exploitative and unregulated labor market; the imprisonment of millions of Uighur Muslims. How much is too much?

If world powers hadn’t acted the way they did after the CCP’s 1989 massacre of unarmed student protesters in Tiananmen Square- that is, condemning it for a minute, then ignoring it for the next forty-years- would things be different for the people of China now?

The cost of doing business with the Chinese Communist Party is global life under the tightening or tight control of Beijing.

There are a million global goods producers in the sea; cheap, unregulated labor markets are plentiful in the global marketplace. The price of goods produced by the Chinese Communist Party have become to high for the people of the world- and for the people of China- to bear.

(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)

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