As if on cue, the Amboy spokesman (one among many) Antonio Contreras of the Manila Times (and professor at the Dela Salle University) has taken up the battle cry of U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo to narrow down official American propaganda targeting at the Communist Party of China (CPC) as supposedly distinguished from the 1.4-billion Chinese population.
They think it’s a clever distinction to make to enhance their propaganda impact.
The 57-page “blame China” strategy memo of the National Republican Senatorial Committee was reported by American media in mid-April after President Trump found himself in a desperate fix with his massive coronavirus outbreak mismanagement. The strategy has gradually escalated through the past four months to now a narrowing of the attack on the Communist Party of China (CPC) and most crudely a personal attack on President Xi Jinping which has predictably fallen on deaf ears around the world.
The escalation and the twist in U.S. propaganda attempts to isolate the CPC from the 1.4-billion Chinese people and project the party as an unpopular tyranny over its nation, and alienated the Chinese leadership from what is said to be the “free world” of democracies such as India or Japan which is being recruited into the anti-China Quad Alliance. Midway in July the U.S. through Pompeo added another feature to the “isolate China” tact by changing its policy of neutrality on the South China Sea claims.
In this article we will show how the Chinese people and the Communist Party of China hand-in-glove or in more comradely terms political language are wont to express, arm-in-arm in vision and action. We will also show that the rallying cry issued by the U.S. has seen no takers and the “blame China” strategy as well as its shameless and ruffian assault on the CPC and the person of President Xi Jinping boomerangs on the U.S. and its political leaders themselves.
More importantly, we will restate what we have seen as a clearly idealist, even utopian as some may say vision and an even more startling fact that the CPC and China has a programmatic blueprint to achieve this global vision – The Community of Shared Future for Mankind. This is a vision and global program of action that no run-of-the-mill political party we see proliferate around the world of “democracies” can even hope to imagine let alone implement. China and the CPC is doing it, and over the obstructionism that the U.S. is throwing at it.
So, when in his September 5, 2020 column Antonio Contreras says, “This is not about the Chinese people, lest someone accuse me of being engaged in racist rhetoric and Sinophobia. This is about the Chinese state, the one headed by Xi Jinping and his Communist Party, the one that is taunting us like barbarians at the gate… the one whose megalomaniac leaders fixated on image building left the world in the dark on a virus that has now infected millions…” with the ad hominem and fake news quickly making clear his is a racist, Sinophobic piece.
Pompeo and Contreras are completely off the mark when they try to depict the Chinese people and the CPC as alienated from each other. The Communist Party of China is recognized in surveys upon surveys by international survey groups as massively popular and respected by the Chinese population. I looked into surveys from 2016 to this year and the overwhelming popularity of the Chinese government and the CPC with the 1.4-billion people is impressive and convincing, not surprisingly with the Party’s devoted attention to improving the lives of the people.
In 2016 eminent China Scholar Bruce Dickson, a George Washington University published his latest of 5 books since 1998, “the Dictator’s Dilemma” drew upon original public opinion surveys, interviews and published materials which observed as one review summarized, “… the CCP (or formally CPC) still enjoys a surprisingly high level of popular support. Nor is the party cut off from the people it governs. It consults with a wide range of specialist, stakeholder, and members of the general public… it tolerates and even encourages a growing and diverse civil society…”
Just two months ago the Harvard Gazette reported the findings of the Ash Center research team from its long-term public opinion survey in China which aimed at “understanding what Chinese citizens think about their own government”. This work began in 2003 and set out to assess overall satisfaction levels with government among respondents from across the socioeconomic and geographic strata of China with 3,000 respondents per year. Here are some quotes that sums it up from the Harvard Gazette report:
“In 2016, the last year the survey was conducted, 95.5 percent of respondents were either ‘relatively satisfied’ or ‘highly satisfied’ with Beijing. In contrast to these findings, Gallup reported in January of this year that their latest polling on U.S. citizen satisfaction with the American federal government revealed only 38 percent of respondents were satisfied with the federal government… “
“We tend to forget that for many in China, and in their lived experience of the past four decades, each day was better than the next… Our surveys show that many in China therefore seem to be much more satisfied with government performance over time, despite rising inequality, corruption, and a range of other pressures that are the result of the reform era.”
But the most telling of the surveys I have reviewed is the most recent one from Germany, the Dalia Research 2020 survey about which I have written for SovereignPH.com (Survey: China beats U.S. democracy” https://sovereignph.com/2020/06/23/survey-china-beats-u-s-democracy/ ) where Dalia Research in its survey of 200,000 people in 53 countries found that 87% of the Chinese people find their government serves the majority of the people while only 52% of Americans see their government as serving the majority of the people.
The CPC and the State with the government are unified as the National People’s Congress (NPC) composed of representative classes and other political parties of society and those elected at the grassroots as the organ of state power gives its seal of approval to the Communist Party of China Central Committee (CPCCC) program of governance arrived up after consultation. The leadership of the CPC is central as governance in China is not an amateur’s game like in electoral democracies, it is based on “scientific theories, maintaining political stability and ensuring advancement towards socialism”.
China and the CPC is neither tyrannical nor dictatorial, it is scientific in its well-planned governance and truly democratic by its intense systematic consultative mechanisms and fulfillment of expectations. This is unlike the Western model of electoral-liberal democracies where the essence of democracy is believed to be the vote which is invariably controlled and manipulated by money and the leverages such as media that is controlled by money – hence, the real dictatorship in electoral democracies is held by the money masters.
China and the CPC has shown that its system works. But is has shown that what works for China and its 1.4-billion people is also helping the rest of the world even if the rest have a different political systems and political philosophies. The CPC’s success in China since it’s “opening up” in the 1980s started becoming a pivotal factor in keeping the world economy moving on the path of growth after the collapse of the U.S. financial system in 2008 and today in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic economic crash. This is why Pompeo’s “Asia Nato” building has had no takers from Asean nor generally from Asia.
After the past months of acrimonious tit-for-tat triggered by the U.S. “blame China” campaign and its failure to convince any other country, China has relaxed and returned to extending the “olive branch” to the U.S. and resumed proclaiming its visionary message and actions in and for the global community. In mid-August Foreign and State Minister Wang Yi followed by Minister Yang Jiechi appealed for an “end to US-China tensions” and President Xi Jinping at the CITFTS proposed the opening up of the services sector of the China market.
The CITFTS (China International Fair for Trade in Service) was a real event; that is, in person and not online trade fair. It showcased the fact that China is now confident it is free of the coronavirus crisis and resumes the fulfillment of its pledge to open up the restored Chinese economy for other nations to partake in its resumption of growth and prosperity.
It is all in line with what has already been said as one of the major planks of China and the CPC program, building “A Community of Shared Future for Mankind” through the Belt and Road Initiative – a program 100x bigger than the Marshall Plan that rebuilt post-WWII Europe.
So, China and the CPC poses no threat to the world and instead offers hope and establishment of permanent peace on earth. It is only a visionary political party like the CPC that has the intellectual optimism to visualize such lofty dream, unlike the Western model of electoral-liberal democracy that is based on the spectacle of regular political gladiator combat pitting one ambition against another, crafting contrary programs viable or not just to be distinct but always maintaining one consistent policy -preservation of the elite and the financial masters.
Contreras’ feeble attempt at disconnecting the party from the people is therefore fallacious more than it is malicious.