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Before You Attack China

by Johann Hollar about a year ago in opinion

Take a look at yourself USA

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I am well aware that the United States and China have had a rocky relationship even after Richard Nixon's meeting with Mao Zedong. But when it comes China and any complaints about human rights violations, it's just plain damn laughable.

Look at how Black people have been treated for over a century. It's like American law and politics has forgotten about the sacrifices made to abolish slavery, segregation, and the grandfather clause, yet, the system is still rigged against black people.

It's not just African-Americans that are getting a raw deal. The family separation and deportation's affecting the Latino population, the Muslim ban, hostility towards the LGBT community and not to mention the violence towards Asians as a result of the Covid-19 affecting Americans.

Granted Joe Biden has reversed many of the failed policies of the last "administration" but there is still a certain degree of contempt towards the Middle Kingdom.

The United States isn't the only nation being a bully towards the Land of The Dragon. It seems like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) wants to encourage the European Union (EU).

He claims that China is bullying other nations and is undermining the rule of law.

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Undermining the rule of law? Where was talk of this when the Bush Administration illegally invaded Iraq in March of 2003? or even when Russia invaded the Ukraine or Syria and committed war crimes in both countries? Why is there no accountability for the war crimes and human rights violations committed by these two superpowers? or maybe it's because China is not a superpower dominated by White people?

An 1899 artist depiction of what the Open-Door Policy looked liked.

Great Britain, Germany, Russia, France and Japan deciding how to divide up China

Despite the fact that we are not living in the days of imperialism, it still seems that the western world has forgotten how wrong it was then and it still is wrong now.

At the time of this artistic depiction of China, the Imperial Qing dynasty was on it's last breath.

The Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864 CE) devastated the country with 20 million deaths, the defeat by Japan and loss of Taiwan, Penghu, and Liaodong Peninsula to Japan from the First Sino-Japanese War (8/1/1894-4/17/1895 CE) and the Boxer Rebellion (11/2/1899-9/7/1901 CE) because of anti-foreign sentiments by native Chinese, further fueled the downfall of the Qing Dynasty leading up to the Xinhai Revolution (10/10/1911-2/12/1912 CE) that ended Chinese Imperialism.

When that happened, Yuan Shikai took over and tried to restore the monarchy. It failed and he died in 1916 and China fell into the Warlords Period (1916-1928 CE).

During this time, it would not have been surprising if the western powers and Japan would have tried to influence certain warlords and people in power to protect their interests.

The so-called China loss

When Mao Zedong and the Communists took over China (10/1/1949 CE) the western powers thought that they lost China.

Truth be told: the western powers were just pissed that the lost a major territory that could be used in the empire game and now that China is a major superpower, the United States and European governments now want to pick a fight with China rather than Russia (an argument for a later date).

The government of the People's Republic of China is young compared to the government of the United States of America. China's government needs time to grow and it should remain a nation of Chinese, for Chinese, governed by Chinese.

China was never meant to be a lap dog nation for western governments like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

On that note, why hasn't the United States of America and its European allies given these two countries a hard time about their human rights violations? You hear so much about the issue of "Free Tibet" and the Uyghur issue in China, but how much of it is true?

Since when does American and European politics care about the Muslims being killed, punished or persecuted by the government of China, when the western powers spend so much time treating the Middle Eastern Muslims as terrorist scum?

As for the notion of a Free Tibet, it's all just a scam.

"Tashi Tsering, now an English professor at Lhasa University is representative of Tibetans that do not see China's occupation as worse tyranny. He was taken from his family near Drepung at 13 and forced into the Dalai Lama's personal dance troupe. Beaten by his teachers, Tsering put up with rape by a well-connected monk in exchange for protection. In his autobiography, The Struggle for Modern Tibet, Tsering writes that China brought long-awaited hope when is laid claim to Tibet in 1950."*

If anything, the People's Republic of China wanted to do away with the archaic system of governing that Tibet was promoting. They are and still a lapdog region to the west like they were during the early days of Chairman Mao Zedong. The Buddha would have wept at what Tibet was.

In Conclusion

People need to study the history, philosophy and culture of China, so that they may realize that China made major contributions (2). The country that is China has a lot of richness in its heritage with such delicious foods like General Tso's Chicken, enlightening literature like Romance of The Three Kingdoms by Luo Guangzhong and of course my personal favorite contribution to humanity, Kung-Fu.

So instead of believing the propaganda of the western media on what they say about China, you should really do the research and think for yourself.

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/200https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/feb/10/tibet-china-feudalism9/feb/10/tibet-china-feudalism

(2) https://www.ancienthistorylists.com/china-history/top-18-ancient-chinese-inventions/

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About the author

Johann Hollar

I had attended Minnesota State University Mankato where I received my Bachelors in History with a Minor in Philosophy and has yet to find work with such credentials. So here I am to write up a storm.

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