China is a threat to the West.
China is the great evil.
China is the antithesis to freedom.
China wants to control the world.
These are statements that I have heard countless times over the years. So many times, in fact, that questioning them seems abnormal. It’s a given that they’re true and anybody challenging them is a commie.
Well, I am not a commie and I am questioning them.
To be clear, I have neither a desire to live in China nor am I paid to perpetuate Chinese propaganda. I am well aware of fake news distributed by the Chinese government (like the hilarious videos of people dropping dead in Wuhan).
However, I am equally aware of fake news distributed by Western media (like the lies surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, amplified by deliberate censorship of Russia Today).
Just because the Chinese Communist Party creates fake news does not mean that Washington doesn’t do the same.
Western media has been increasingly critical of China in recent years, often publishing articles and reports that are negative or misleading about the country.
Western governments have also been critical of China, imposing sanctions and accusing it of human rights abuses. For example, the United States has imposed sanctions on Chinese officials accused of involvement in the Uyghur genocide, and the European Union has accused China of “coercive diplomacy” in its dealings with other countries.
Central intelligence agencies have also been critical of China, warning that the country is a threat to the United States and its allies. For example, the CIA has said that China is “the most significant competitor” to the United States, and the National Security Agency (NSA) has warned that China is “a major threat to our critical infrastructure.”
Such anti-China propaganda has had a number of negative consequences. It has led to increased tensions between China and the West, and it has made it more difficult for people to understand China and its policies. It has also contributed to the rise of Sinophobia, or hatred of China and Chinese people.
Pepe Escobar’s conversation about BRICS, for example, is recommended listening, as is my conversation with Piers Robinson (about Syria).
I invited Matt Ehret to chat to me about China and, more specifically, anti-China propaganda with some historical context thrown in for good measure.
Is China genuinely a threat to the West (economically or militarily)?
Is the Chinese Communist Party planning on invading Taiwan?
What about “debt trap diplomacy”?
Take a listen.
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