GOOD MORNING FROM LONDON
The West is always wrong about China. A bold statement on my part that will provoke contempt and disdain among some readers. But it is true. The West was wrong about China in the 1930s when Mao Tsetung led the people of China against, first, the Kuomintang, and, second, the Japanese invaders. And the West is wrong about China today.
It always predicts gloom + doom. It is wishful thinking. It hopes the big China experiment will fail. That is the reason why West’s reporting on China is uniformly negative. The reporting is also unhelpful because it fails to inform its readers of the true situation.
The Communist Party was dismissed, in the 1930s, as “dreamers” or “cutthroat terrorists” or “uneducated bandits”. But the Party was in power and in control of a devastated country. It set about the task of rebuilding the nation. It was shunned by the world, except for the USSR, as it set about land reform and the revitalisation of agricultural production.
China’s undoubted successes were overlooked just as their failures were magnified. And this has remained the approach of the West to China to the present day. China, in the view of the West, cannot succeed because it rejects the West’s basic notions of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. There is only one way, says the West, and that is “Our Way”.
So the West tries to put China “in its place”. Sanctions, more sanctions and even more sanctions. They are an inconvenience at worst – not a game-changing event. Military pressure in the South China Sea merely increases China’s re-armament numbers and neutralises the threat. Boycotting the Winter Olympics was an empty gesture. The West’s vision of China is very blurred + until the scales fall from their eyes, the World will remain on the edge of World War III.