Anti-Chinese propaganda is meant to indoctrinate Americans with fear and hatred and to gain support for the war against this country and against socialism itself.
This is an edited version of the author’s remarks to Friends of Socialist China online seminar titled, Propaganda War Against China, Held October 9.
Friends of Socialist China was formed from what we saw as an urgent need to collect all information, original and otherwise, to counter the widespread misinformation about China. We did not include the word âsocialistâ in our title for a gadget or display, but rather to send a firm message of respect and admiration to the socialist path of the Chinese people. In many ways, the propaganda war against China has a dual mission: to intensify a dangerous new US-led cold war against China and to demonize the socialist mode of development.
We Friends of Socialist China have identified a huge gap in the political development of progressive forces in the Western world. The progressive forces of the West reside in the most widespread societies in the world when it comes to China. For example, the majority of people in the United States see China as a “threat” to their interests. This includes many so-called “progressive” organizations and even those that identify themselves as socialist. Thus, we consider it our duty not only to oppose the dangerous war provocations at the origin of anti-Chinese propaganda, but also to engage in the process of educating the masses about China and the world. socialist.
The propaganda debate in the West is generally confined to an idealistic make-believe framework. The abstract concepts of “good” and “evil” fit comfortably into a capitalist order that favors the profits of the wealthiest individuals, primarily whites, at the expense of the vast collective of humanity. Good and evil can be easily manipulated and reused to serve powerful actors within the Western media, political and military-industrial complex. During the first decade of the twenty-first century, “evil” was defined as terrorism. Any country that has been labeled a haven for terrorism has become an instant target for war and regime change. Now, these same US-led neoconservative actors are telling us that China is the latest “evil” the world should worry about the most.
Billionaire investor George Soros’ editorial in the the Wall Street newspaper Last August is a good example of the 21st century version of Yellow Peril. Soros specifically targeted President Xi Jinping, calling him “the greatest threat to the Chinese state”. The wealthy titan of private equity claims that China under Xi has become authoritarian, belligerent and aggressive. China can’t do anything good and we should all be very, very afraid.
A few weeks later, Soros wrote another editorial, this time for the Financial Time , claiming that China’s lack of understanding of the âfree marketâ endangers foreign investors. In both articles, Soros drops important clues to his firm belief that wealthy private capitalists speak for all mankind. He deplores that Xi Jinping seeks to “destroy the geese that lay the golden eggs”. It is a metaphorical discourse for Western private investors like him who see recent efforts to promote common prosperity in China as a direct threat to their dream of seeing the socialist country become a Western-style âdemocracyâ. Soros goes on to demand that the US Congress draft legislation prohibiting asset managers from investing in Chinese companies unless they have “transparent” structures accessible to foreign stakeholders. In other words, China must allow foreign companies to dictate its economic affairs or be punished accordingly.
George Soros’ seemingly rampant anti-Chinese screeds are important because they expose the underlying basis of the propaganda war against China. Capitalist investors like Soros have never forgiven China for leading a successful revolution and for placing the sovereignty and dignity of the Chinese people above their own narrow, profit-oriented interests. China’s economic reforms from the 1970s onwards offered lucrative opportunities for foreign investors to profit from the Chinese market, but this has not satisfied those in the United States and the West who want to fully own the Chinese market. At the root of the propaganda war lies a motivation to bring about a second “century of humiliation” in China where the nation is once again subject to the exploitative diktats of the Western capitalist order. This suits George Soros particularly since it was his speculative activities at the helm of the Quantum Hedge Fund that helped ease the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.
The propaganda war against China intentionally ignores history in an attempt to satisfy the narrow interests of a minority of imperialist countries, primarily the United States. But history is our best tool for understanding the present, and history says that the United States and its imperialist allies in the West are guilty of the very crimes they wrongly attribute to China. China has not committed anything that can qualify as genocide in Xinjiang, but the United States has committed several. This includes the virtual extermination of the indigenous nations which served as the material basis for the development of the American capitalist economy. China does not employ slave labor, but slave labor was crucial to the development of the United States. Prison labor, which has been compared to slavery, remains a major component of American political economy.
Worse than hypocritical are the claims of Chinese military aggression given that the United States spends more on its military than the next eleven countries combined and has been at war for over 90% of its history. Absurd characterizations of the Chinese political system as a repressive dictatorship that has ‘covered up’ the COVID-19 pandemic downplays the fact that the United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths and has a government of which the majority of its population is increasingly suspicious and indeed much of the world. This only scratches the surface of the intense hypocrisy that plagues the propaganda war waged by the United States against China.
American hypocrisy reveals a fatal flaw in conceptions of propaganda warfare. The fundamental objective of this war is to keep China and the rest of the world in a state of dependence on American hegemonic interests. But the United States, once proclaimed “the leader of the free world,” is now in decline. Internally, the standard of living of the vast majority of people is worsening and racial divisions are exacerbated in a context of rampant privatization and inequality. US foreign policy is increasingly defined as “force does good” to offset the economic contraction of the US capitalist system. Since neither the United States nor its allies are in a position to provide the world with an example worth following, China and any other country seeking to assert an independent development path have been targeted for containment – A euphemism for the new cold war.
It is extremely important that we call the propaganda war against China what it is: a set of imperialist and racist fabrications wielded in the interests of unipolar American hegemony. More than that, the propaganda war denigrates the achievements of socialism and erases the immense sacrifices of the Chinese people. People living in an aggressive country like the United States have been denied their right to learn of China’s overwhelmingly successful response to COVID-19. China’s defeat of extreme poverty last year has drawn important lessons for increasingly poor Western societies, but these have gone unheeded in a climate of Cold War-like hostility. As disillusionment with the false promises of so-called Western democracy grows, the fact that over 95% of Chinese people trust their system of governance merits further study rather than the skepticism over the new Chinese-led Cold War. United States.
We Friends of Socialist China reject the premise that propaganda war can be waged only by exposing the criminality of its architects. Friends of Socialist China is a tool for progressive forces around the world to build mass opposition to imperialist aggression and solidarity with China’s right to peaceful socialist development on terms determined by the Chinese people. The reality is that the first cannot exist without the second. Fortunately, the achievements of the Chinese revolution and the world socialist movement can teach us this important lesson as long as they are defended against the slanders of imperialism.
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