In his meeting with Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged the US president to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Xi Jinping's concerns are justified.
The rightist sector of US politics has been known for its hatred of Islam. The Tea Party famously staged rallies against the Islamic Cultural Center they declared to be a "ground zero mosque." Billboards paid for by Ayn Rand-loving millionaire Pamela Geller on New York City subways refer to Palestinians as "savages."
But while the right-wing focuses on the Middle East, the trendy, "middle class", left-wing crowd on which Obama has based his election and re-election campaigns, often focuses on hating China. The Hollywood-centered Democratic Party-aligned cultural left seems to be living in the 1950s, when rhetoric about "Who Lost China?" and the "Red Menace" was mainstream.
In 1950, shortly after the Chinese Revolution, John Foster Dulles, who later became Secretary of State, wrote: “The religions of the East are deeply rooted and have many precious values. Their spiritual beliefs cannot be reconciled with Communist atheism and materialism. That creates a common bond between us.”
This is the strategy utilized by many of the liberal anti-communists, especially in the cultural arena. There are a large number of "trendy" anti-Chinese causes, and almost all of them center around religion and mysticism. In modern times, part of being an urban-dwelling, Yoga-practicing, espresso-drinking liberal seems to be having hatred for the government that leads over one-quarter of the human race.
Falun Gong is a religious grouping which has clashed intensely with the Chinese Communist Party, and many liberals have spoken about what they call the "persecution of the Falun Gong."
It is odd that cultural liberals would be so supportive of the Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, its US affiliate. The Falun Gong, in addition to promoting exercise and meditation is extremely conservative. The group openly opposes homosexuality, calling homosexuals "repulsive" and "abhorrent." In addition, the group has a particular hatred for people it calls "mongrels" or "mixbloods", i.e. people born as the result of interracial relations. Li Hongzhi, the leader of the Falun Gong, explained his beliefs, saying: "Sexual freedom, which has mixed the human races and muddled human ethics, is absolutely forbidden by gods."
The Falun Gong is not that different from Christian apocalyptic groups. It preaches that humanity is entering a "Dharma Ending Period" and that soon the world will come to an end. The signs of the looming end are women having equal rights with men, in addition to sexual freedom and race mixing.
Falun Gong's teachings glorify the China prior to 1949, when women had their feet crushed at birth, and the overwhelming majority of the country lived as serfs, obedient to landlords. The Communist Party is hated for bringing equality, literacy, and land redistribution.
Despite Falun Gong's social positions being almost carbon copies of the extreme Christian right-wing of the United States, the liberals happily embrace them. Many of those who confusedly support Falun Gong don't seem to realize the group is political at all, thinking it merely to be some kind of spiritual self-help program.
Richard Gere and other celebrities have made statements on the group’s behalf, repeating its unsubstantiated allegations about organ transplants, and demanding they be taken seriously.
In addition to the Falun Gong, there is the Tibetan Separatist movement, another trend of devoutly religious people, who uphold the Dalia Lama as their spiritual guide, and consider themselves to be a branch of Buddhism. The Tibetan Separatists, most of whom globally are not Tibetan, uphold the pre-1959 Kingdom of Tibet as if it were a mystical paradise.
Prior to 1959, when the serfs rose up and Tibet joined the rest of China in socialist construction, the majority of people in Tibet were horrifically treated. While the Dalai Lama lived in a palace with over 1,000 rooms, most of the people in Tibet were treated as mere chattel. Tibetan women were routinely raped by landlords. The small class of monks lived in splendor, while for most of Tibet's population there was mass starvation. If Tibetans rebelled against the horrific conditions they faced at the hands of their oppressors in the monasteries, the punishment often involved bodily mutilations such as limbs or eyes being removed, if not death.
The Book "Seven Years in Tibet," a gospel text of the Anti-China, Tibetan Separatists was written by Heinrich Harrer. Harrer spent decades trying fruitlessly to conceal the truth about his past, until it was impossible. Harrer was a member of Adolph Hitler's SS, and was sent to Tibet by the Third Reich. The Nazis had a particular fascination with the Dalai Lama's absolute rule over Tibet. The Nazis even measured the skulls from Tibetan graves hoping to determine if the "Aryans" shared a common heritage with the Tibetans.
When things changed in Tibet in 1959, it wasn't forced from without. The people of Tibet, inspired by their brothers and sisters in the rest of China, joined in the ongoing revolutionary process that was going on throughout the country. The uprising that began in Tibet was supported by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
Since 1959, life expectancy in Tibet has rapidly increased. Tibetans today have things they never had prior to 1959 like running water, literacy, education, and access to medical care.
Still, the "liberals" who hate China, speak of the Dalai Lama as a mystical freedom fighter, battling against the evil Communists.
In the 1950s, the US funded an armed insurgency against the Chinese government. After getting military training in Colorado, the CIA shipped in a division of mercenaries who carried out bombings, assassinations, torture, and other crimes against humanity. The leader of this group of armed terrorists in the mountains of Tibet was the "peace-loving" Dalai Lama's brother Gyalo Thondup, who directed their activities from across the border in India.
Still to this day, the Tibetan "government in exile" is made up of those who once ruled over Tibet as feudal lords, and claim they want to re-conquer the country and break it away from China. During the lead up to the 2008 Olympics, Tibetan separatists in France assaulted Jin Jing, a disabled fencer who carried the Olympic torch in her wheelchair.
When the US and NATO bombed Yugoslavia in 1999, the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was hit. While the US claimed it was an accident, Chinese people around the world were filled with outrage. Protests took place not just in Beijing but in London, New York City and elsewhere.
As China's role in the world market expands, hatred for China is becoming an industry. While the US bombing of Libya was justified as "humanitarian intervention" by western media and commentators, China's business relations on the African continent are commonly dubbed "imperialist" and "predatory."
While endless media reports are given about pollution and environmental malpractice in China, China's ecological footprint is far lower than the United States and many European countries. In addition, China is currently leading the world in the development of green energy and technology.
While the right-wing is focused on the Middle East, demonizing Muslims, championing Israel, and waving the Bible, liberals are just as dangerous. Championing the Nazi-collaborating Tibetan Kingdom on your way to a peace rally, or donating to the violently puritanical Falun Gong while waving a rainbow flag, is in some ways more dangerous. It gives a left-wing cover to the neo-liberal drive to control world markets.
Wall Street wants to control the world. It wants no competition. Any government that stands up and refuses to surrender and act as a puppet will be targeted. The government could capitalist, socialist, religious, or secular, but Wall Street and London will not tolerate it.
Demonization campaigns, like the hatred for China being whipped up in endless Hollywood movies and trendy celebrity causes, set the stage for war. China is building railways and hospitals across the developing world, rendering Wall Street and the IMF to be irrelevant. The response to such threats often comes in sanctions, cruise missiles and invasions.
In this time of economic crisis, working people in the US need the government to be spending money on jobs, education, healthcare, and rebuilding the country's collapsing infrastructure. A new war against China, Russia, Iran, or any other country, will not help us.
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