This page is about China’s present-day government and people, but first, a little bit of history.
Nationalism in China today is driven by the hundred years of national humiliation. How did it begin? And what was the main cause?
Prior to the first opium war China had been a closed society (much like Japan), it was nowhere near as technologically advanced as the western nations. Plus, they had a problem with opium. These factors eventually led to their defeat in the first opium war, and China’s rapid decline.
See also the YouTube video The History of Opium in China | The China History Podcast | Ep. 153
To understand the Chinese mindset, you must first understand how much the people of China have suffered since then.
This brings us to today.
Before communism “Made in China” actually meant something. The people took pride in their work. But after the communists took over, it became extremely difficult for the ordinary person to survive (see here). Consequently, quality went out the window.
But despite the hardships communism caused the people, many Chinese are faithful to the Communist Party because of what the Party has done for them in China and abroad.
But many others are growing tired of the Party’s behaviour.1 (The Chinese Constitution claims to give Chinese people freedom of speech, but it does not allow them to criticise their own government. Should Chinese citizens have the same right that the citizens of Europe and America enjoy? Or should any opinion that the CPC does not like be suppressed? See here.)
The Chinese would do well to learn from America’s mistakes.
So, what do I want for the people of China? I want the Chinese people to be able to have as many children as they want. I want them to be freed from the hukou system, so every person in China, can live and work wherever they wish (within their financial means of course). I want those who are critical of some of the Communist Party’s policies to be able to express those opinions freely at home and abroad without being harassed, threatened, and in some cases imprisoned by the CPC (Communist Party of China). I want the people of China to prosper and be free. And I'm sure that the majority of people in China want this too.
Most Chinese are decent people who want to see an end to the corruption, which has been a result of CPC rule (see here). They are sick and tired of the lies, coverups, and coercion.2 (See Emergency - Military Called in as Chaos in Shanghai Erupts after Children Taken Away.3 See also the video below. This particular coverup has been causing a massive stir in China. For a more detailed look at this story see here.)
The CPC is doing all it can to quash the story above, with little success (see here and here). Many are speaking up about this at great personal risk.4 (Only the CPC leaders are safe from prying eyes.)
Unfortunately, many Chinese—and westerners—prefer not to look at the crimes committed by their own governments. But the person who will not look, cannot see. If you refuse to look, how can you possibly know what crimes your government have committed? (Especially if your government forbids all criticism of its policies and actions. Is China's Social Credit System Real? - I Found Out)
Kanter has since been kicked out of the NBA for criticising the CPC. See here.
Some Chinese people feel a sense of guilt for the atrocities which have been committed by their own government, as if they are personally responsible for those crimes (e.g. see Wealth, Inequality and Poverty in China). And because they have been led to believe that the People are the Party, whenever the Communist Party is criticised, they come to the Party’s defence, to save face—but they should not feel guilty because the Chinese People are not the Party.5
In 1978, the CPC (or CCP) began to adopt capitalism; the country would have collapsed if they did not.6 (For the reasons why see "Part 1: Prices and Markets" in Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell and The Government Against the Economy by George Reisman. Price controls and government ownership of the means of production cannot work as an economic system. And because communism does not work communist governments must oppress their citizens to remain in power, or forsake communism. See here.)7
But despite adopting capitalism, the CCP would not admit to the kinds of things they did in order to stay in power. Instead, they glorified themselves, promoted nationalism, and persecuted (or threatened) anyone who tried to bring their crimes to light. However, a deep division has arisen within the government of China that could bring the Communist Party down (see the videos below).8
The CCP does everything in its power to stop anyone questioning their version of history (see The CCP Didn’t Fight Imperial Japan; the KMT Did)9 and it does not allow ethnic Chinese (whether in China or oversees) to publicly criticise any of its policies or actions10 (for examples see Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton). But despite this, the world as a whole, is beginning to wake-up to CCP Propaganda and how it works (see here for a more detailed look).11
Now I understand that from the CCP's perspective, it would not be wise for them to introduce freedom of speech overnight (otherwise they risk destabilising the country and being imprisoned for crimes committed against their own people, see here); but perhaps they could attempt to introduce freedom of speech one issue at a time. Because of tensions between the Chinese government and the Uighurs in Northwest China, freedom of religion would be a good place to begin (see here). The Chinese government realises it has a very big problem (as do all countries that have a strong segment of the population that wants Sharia. See here, see also The Third Choice); but China cannot continue to treat the Uighurs as they have been, and not reap the consequences (see China vs Islam).
Chinese students are told that 60% of things Mao did were right and 40% of what he did were mistakes. What were the things he did which were right?
Some say China became wealthy because of the CCP, but would China have become wealthy much earlier if the Communist Party never came to power? (Taiwan became very wealthy long before China became wealthy. See Mainland China vs Taiwan: Everything Compared (1952-2020))
What would China look like now if the events in Tiananmen Square caused China to adopt democracy in 1989? Would China have developed just as quickly? Would there be less corruption in China? Would there be less hostilities between China and much of the world?
If China became a democracy would corruption increase or decrease? (Because there is so much corruption in China, corruption would continue to plague the country. If China does become a democracy, it's newly formed political parties should adopt the following method for selecting candidates. See How political parties can select better candidates through improving their system of voting.)
The following are the most interesting (and often concerning) videos about China (and it's influence) that I could find. This page will be edited as new information comes to light.
China Wants this War More than Russia! Celebrates the Invasion Online! (then tries to deny that they did. See here.)
1. The Chinese government is its own worst enemy. It turns those who are pro China, and indifferent to the government, against the government. That’s what happened to Laowhy86 and is what is happening to many Chinese people today. (See Laowhy86's interview with Jordan Harbinger. See also.)
2. Sometimes the lies are spread by honest people. This is what the CPC wants. No propaganda is as powerful as that which is spread by honest people. When an honest person believes a lie (because they think it is true) and spreads it, those who know that person are inclined to believe it, because they trust the person who is spreading the lie.
For example, some Chinese assume that because they have been treated well by the CPC, other Chinese in the same situation are also being treated well. But this is not so. (The April 2022 lockdowns in Shanghai are a case in point. Those Chinese who have relatives living outside of China tend to get better food, and more of it, than those who do not. Foreigners who live in Shanghai are also being treated better than most Chinese there. This is happening because the CPC does not want any negative information about the situation in Shanghai getting out (see here, here and here).
Other Chinese are not so foolish, they are not so quick to believe the propaganda. But they know that anyone who criticises a government policy will be treated badly. Unfortunately, many of these people are too afraid to try and do something about it.
“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. ... Any man, who has once proclaimed violence as his method, is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Because the Chinese government has suppressed free speech, any information coming out of China must be treated with scepticism. (Even if that report comes from someone you know.)
So, what can the ordinary citizen in China do?
“You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
3. The fellas who make ADV Podcasts were very pro Chinese, and still think very highly of the Chinese people. See here. They believe that in recent years China has changed for the worse. I value their opinion as they've seen more of China than most Chinese ever will. Their show ADV Podcast is now called The China Show.
4. Due to pressure from Chinese netizens, the CPC eventually arrested some of the people involved but is still doing all it can to stop people asking the obvious questions of the Chinese authorities. See here.
5. Most of the crimes committed by the Party have been committed against the Chinese people. See here.
7. If you are Chinese, and you want to safeguard your countries economic future, read Basic Economics and Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Thomas Sowell. Wealth, Poverty and Politics is available in Chinese.
8. That paragraph and the video below it was added on the 21st of February, 2022.
9. See also A Chinese Teacher QUESTIONED the Communist Party. It ended badly... Many many people were killed in the Nanjing Massacre, but the figures may not be as high as the CCP has made out. See here.
10. The CCP is constantly trying to correct the problems they create, and in trying to correct those problems, usually make them worse. The following is one such example. China’s Going to Force You To Have Sex
11. What happens to me if I publicly criticise a policy my government has implemented? Nothing! Free people can criticise their own government. Without freedom of speech, people simply aren't free. We in the west are free at the moment, but there are people in the west who are trying to destroy freedom of speech, namely radical Muslims, the hard left, and CCP supporters. (Some unwittingly. See Who are the CCP Shills? The CCP's foreign propaganda army! For examples of how some non-Muslims (and some Muslims) have helped radical Muslims spread the myth that non-Muslims are treated as equals under Islamic law, see The Third Choice by Mark Durie. For an example of how the left is trying to stop views they disagree with from being expressed in public, see here. For how they are using conservative politicians to their advantage, see here.)