新闻来源：express《快报》；作者：CHRISTOPHER SMITHERS；发布时间：October 10, 2020 / 2020年10月10日
China plans to rule the world and we are playing straight into their hands - COMMENT
THE People's Republic of China has become obsessed with controlling the world order. The communist party's nationalist inspired zealotry is spearheading an unrelenting drive for world domination, both politically and commercially.
Is this statement a fair reflection of ordinary Chinese citizens? I don’t believe so entirely. But such is the extent of the iron-fisted grip that the Chinese Communist Party maintains over its population there is very little prospect of any meaningful change any time soon. The “Belt and Road Initiative” is a cornerstone of the Xi Jinping philosophy towards effective total world trade and political domination.
This initiative is purposely opaque on the part of his government - deliberately designed to obscure the real objective.
Of course blurring the lines even further is the increasingly indistinct difference between Xi and the Chinese Government/Chinese Communist Party with all amounting to effectively being one and the same thing.
Authoritarianism, totalitarianism, whatever your preferred term China has it in spades.
Belt and Road is a cynical politically expedient debt trap solely intended to place the developing world into vassalage to Beijing.
Sri Lanka and Barbados, for example, have signed up to this by accepting Chinese state bank largesse in exchange for the provision of infrastructure development, collateralised by sovereign commitments of forfeiture of those capital assets in the event of failing to repay the loans as agreed.
The loans themselves are subject to expensive repayment terms, which makes it even more impossible for these countries to service this debt.
Even on generous terms it is highly unlikely that developing countries would stand much chance of meeting their obligations - so Beijing just has to run down the clock, call in the loans, and take over the “assets”.
This universally applied practice also results in providing the Xi regime with a solid foothold right on our back door steps from which to potentially place us in a communist chokehold.
Any illusions should by now have been completely dispelled as to Chinese Communist Party motives.
The totally outrageous claim, for example, to sovereignty over the whole or the majority of the South China Sea, with the construction of artificial islands intended to bolster their claims, should have served to demonstrate that any relationship with China was always going to be one sided.
The international court of arbitration ruled against China over the dangerously disputed Spratly Islands, yet they aggressively ignore the ruling.
The Chinese pattern for selective adherence, or disregard as the case may be, to any kind of international order is crystal clear. They will champion or reject any clause, obligation, or even international treaty where and when it suits their commercial, military or political purpose to do so.
One would hope that somewhere within the corridors of power of the democracies of the western world some bright spark would not only have twigged this, but also applied their mind to an effective remedy.
Yet prior to the onset of COVID-19 the rest of the world seemed to be asleep at the wheel, with the possible exception of President Trump.
And hold your cynicism because on this point the Donald has been right on the money, repeatedly calling out the Chinese government for their prejudicial actions and the clear and present danger that these obviously represent.
COVID-19 has, thankfully, shone a much-needed spotlight on the wisdom of unchecked globalisation, throwing the likes of the EU as well as China into something approaching a panic in the process.
Placing all the globe's manufacturing eggs in the Chinese basket has brilliantly illuminated the folly of a carefully crafted world order where the world economy is supposed to be shielded from the shocks of instability.
The precise opposite has happened. The coronavirus crisis has exposed the true face of the globalisation agenda and the extent to which those who stacked the deck see benefits only for themselves.
No one can help but stand in awe of the rich history of China and the remarkable contributions to the world over the centuries.
But this cannot excuse the country's current blatant disregard for the rest of mankind in the pursuit of selfish advantage.
The threat of Chinese domination is real.
Beijing has made inroads into the United Nations, for example, which make one's jaw drop.
The UN Human Rights Commission is now chaired by China. How in the world does an authoritarian regime with such an abysmal human rights record get to occupy this position?
Then look at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and see how pervasive their influence has become there .
The world is awash with these and countless other examples of Chinese influence peddling - and when the carrot fails to work then the big stick comes out and the bullying begins.
Look at the outrageous tactics being used against Australia and New Zealand.
The Chinese market is the biggest for both these country’s exports, yet when Australia calls for a proper investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic what happens?
Beijing throws a hissy fit and demands that their line be towed or else.
Suddenly Aussie barley, wine and beef are under threat, along with the most recent snarling about golden kiwi fruit.
The Chinese have also taken strong exception to growing international condemnation of their recent blatant violations of the commitments made in 1997 when Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule, claiming this is an infringement of their internal affairs.
Well hang on chaps it’s not quite that simple.
Hong Kong was, and continues to be, a major global money centre, but with the recent introduction of draconian and sinister security legislation bypassing the Hong Kong legislature this has now fallen away with the USA amongst many others declaring Hong Kong to be no longer fully autonomous as defined by the agreements made.
Capital has flown. Singapore and other internationally recognised major money centres never had it so good.
Post COVID-19 there will be an urgent need for a full review of international trading practice, if for no other reason than to try and level the playing fields.
One blip on the horizon for the Chinese to be held accountable for their outrageous conduct with the coronavirus is the result of the US Presidential election.
Joe Biden is vulnerable to being held hostage by Beijing and given the Chinese capacity for intimidation and bullying they won’t hesitate to extract the maximum amount of concessions possible.
Wonderful, hard working and industrious a people as the Chinese may be, the Chinese government and communist party who control them will have precipitated an ultimate blight, the effects of which will be felt for generations to come.
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