China faces a hostile world
Wehave now witnessed a wave of anti-China sentiment steadily spreading itself inWestern countries, in particular the United States and Australia and Japan.Very often Chinese students and tourists are reported to be attacked, or, inworse cases, kidnapped or murdered. One of the most striking incidents isperhaps the case of kidnapping and murdering of Zhang ying-ying, a visitingscholar at University of Illinois who disappeared on the campus a few monthsago while trying to ride a bus. Though presumed dead by now, her body has notyet been found. The suspect had been apprehended, but he refused to cooperatewith the police, leaving behind not only a sad story but a puzzle. The case ofZhang is by no means an isolated event, but a beginning of a pattern ofincidents marking an increasingly hostile environment for overseas Chinesestudents and travelers. In 2014, a Chinese graduate student was brutally beatento death on his way to apartment after a studying session on the campus ofUniversity of Southern California. The poor guy barely made to his apartment beforebreathing his last. Four Hispanic teenagers were charged with the assault andmurder of Ji Xin-Ran, a 24 year old Chinese engineering student with apromising future.
Comparingwith those who lost their lives, some Chinese students were lucky. A group ofChinese students at Columbia University found their Chinese nametags on thedormitory doors torn off by someone. Perhaps the weird characters appeared onthe nametags offended someone, or it could be an act of simple vandalism. In aself-made online clip, one of the students publicly challenged theperpetrators: “Hey,my name is Yan Hu-he, I am going to put on another nametag written in Chinese,and you are welcome to tear it off. I am proud of being a Chinese” Ok, Hu-he, orwhatever your bizarre name is, watch your mouth. Next time you won’t be solucky because you are going to be taught a lesson you would not forget easily.Apparently, tearing off your nametag is just a warning to a communistsympathizer like you.
Raciallydiscriminative notes and pamphlets targeting on Chinese students regularlyappeared on the campuses of American and Australian universities. In one noteposted on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the Chinese wereurged to take ethical lessons. “Hey, Chinese, did you know faking yourself in your resume isactually against the law, we know it is not bad in your culture. We are goingto teach you what you need to know about ethics.”
Inthe U.S., more and more Americans start to realize the role played by China inundermining U.S. economy. “More than fifty thousand American companies have gone bankrupt sinceChina joined the WTO.” said Donald Trump, the then presidential candidate, during hiselection speeches. In addition, China, a communist state, is one of the largestholders of American debts. China is said to have stolen millions of well-paidAmerican jobs, if you read to and believe in the stories told by authors likePeter Navarro or Gordon Chang.
Fordecades, China has been adopting a mercantilist economic model that has so farserved well for the regime to fulfill its global ambitions. It is basically apredatory model with a great emphasis on the role played by a totalitarian governmentin running economy through subsidized exports and suppressed wages and heavilymanipulated exchange rate, thus allowing China to loot the world market to thedisadvantage of others. The proceeds are largely used to finance regime’soperation which has a payroll of 65 millions of bureaucrats and officials aswell as running dogs of all kinds. The “Princlings” (second-generationred nobles) and high-ranking officials and well-connected Nouveau Riches arethe true owners of this vast nation as they rule and run everything with easeand aplomb. Without doubt, with the collapse of the regime, the happy lives ofthose well-to-do and elites are also coming to an end.
Dubbedas world’s second largest economy, China has increasingly become the focalpoint of the world in recent years. Many economists are convinced that China’sstate-run economy will surpass the U.S. by the year of 2030. Furthermore,China’s strategic foray into one of world’s fastest growing areas---Asian andMiddle East regions, better known as the one belt and one road initiative, hasunavoidably rattled the nerve of Western countries, in particular the UnitedStates and its allies.
Ina recent speech, President Trump has made it unequivocally clear that China isthe first and foremost adversary of the United States in the years to come. ToAmericans, China has replaced Russia or the Soviet Union as the number onethreat to its national security. And the challenges posed by China aremultidimensional; the two countries find themselves rivals in virtually everyfield, ranging from food industry to cyberspace security. For years the UnitedStates has accused China of being a currency manipulator and a thief ofintellectual property rights. And in global arena China has been playing aninstrumental role on many issues as its influences can be felt everywhere, fromSouth China Sea to Persian Gulf and Korean peninsula. As the ultimate and oftenhidden sponsor of rogue nations such as North Korea and Venezuela and Iran andmany more, China is slowly emerging as the undisputed mastermind behind many ofthe crisis unfolding in the world today. For instance, China plays such aninstrumental role in resolving the North Korea nuclear crisis that without itscooperation the hopes of finding a peaceful solution are definitely doomed.
Undersuch circumstances there is little surprise as to why Chinese travelers andstudents are being treated so badly in the West. In the meanwhile, the ChineseAmerican community seems to have been divided on the issue. For those ChineseAmericans who have been fully assimilated into the local culture, the newcomers are strangers and troublemakers. “They want to be Americans on their ownterms.”commented by Frank Wu, a Chinese American scholar who warned that the ever increasingChinese immigrants could one day marginalize those who truly believe inAmerican value.
Itis worth noticing that the Chinese traveling or studying overseas are primarilyfrom affluent families in china. And a great percentage of these people tend toside with the regime on most of the issues. They support the regime largelybecause they themselves are the beneficiaries of a situation in which a smallpercentage of Chinese population live comfortably at the expense of majority,namely those toiling in sweatshops and construction sites. Hardly could any ofthe poor peasants or laid-off workers afford the luxury of traveling andstudying in foreign countries.
Manyof these immigrants are affluent Chinese escaping China’s ever deterioratingliving conditions. When asked why emigrated to the U.S. or Canada, many of themcited food safety and education for children as the primary reasons for them toleave China. As they moved to Western countries they brought along with themthe wealth they had accumulated in China. Undoubtedly, a great portion of thewealth came from corruption and other unethical means.
Withthe coming of 301 investigation and other measurements, the U.S. is speeding upthe pace in its effort to address the challenges posed by China. It isimperative for Americans to realize the seriousness of the threats from China.And the Chinese problem as it is now would not be resolved if the majority ofthe Chinese population refuse to cooperate. The threats of China will not bediminished until there is a general awakening among Chinese people that aresponsible and democratic China is in the best interests of all. .