By Jeff J. Brown
Pictured above: Xi Jinping is giving a lot of thought to his people’s future – and the future of Planet Earth into the 21st century. (Image by Tavis Coburn The New Yorker)
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Jeff J. Brown: Hello, everybody. This is Jeff in the belly of the new century beast China. Welcome to the Reflections in Sinoland Radio Program, my second one. I would like today to talk briefly about a few things that I think most Westerners are not being told about. One of the reasons I am writing my “The Diaries of Xi Jinping” is because, as I am doing all my research it has become apparent to me that the world is entering a new phase, and that phase is the era of Xi Jinping.
In China, we had the era of Mao Zedong from 1949 to about 1978, although he died in 1976. And then we had the Deng Xiaoping Era, which took China to the next level of its post-liberation evolution from 1978 to 2013. And now it is very, very clear to me that we have entered a brand-new era and that is the era of Xi Jinping. I do not want a one-hour program to articulate this today.
That’s why I’m writing Red Letters: The Diaries of Xi Jinping and why I think it is so important, and why he is so important on the world stage today.
On more mundane news, America’s vassal states Australia and Japan have about 48 hours. Today is March 29th. They have until midnight of the 31st to decide whether they want to be founding members of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. It’s now a tidal wave slap in the face of Uncle Sam, in spite of directives and orders to countries in Europe and Asia, America’s vassal states. Now, France, the UK, Germany, and Italy have ignored America’s instructions or directives not to join. South Korea, one of the most obedient of America’s client states, finally caved in. Other countries like Switzerland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand, it’s now an avalanche of support.
Even the World Bank and the IMF have come out and had to support it, because it is a reality. It is a foregone conclusion. Last week, America, in a very humiliating about-face, endorsed the New AIIB. A Chinese editorial in the newspaper this week said that it was good that the United States was shaking off what they called its childish paranoia and its suspicion and manipulation. But they’re worried that it might be a Machiavellian plot for the United States to try to take control of China’s bank.
I don’t think they will let that happen, and I don’t think the AIIB members, the twenty now, almost 30 founding members will allow that to happen because unlike the IMF and the World Bank, which are highly politicized and tools for Wall Street to buy assets and sell off national companies and state-owned assets at firehouse sale prices. China wants the AIIB to be totally apolitical and not a tool of regime change, etc. So, it will be interesting to see what happens.
China has now cut a check for a cool $50 billion to kick off the bank, money that Europe and the United States, the West, just don’t have it. And China is rolling in dough. And so, I think it’s wonderful that the tide has changed. Another piece of good news is that I just saw the United States and Russia have agreed to build a new International Space Station starting in 2024.
I speculated in my radio program last week that it would be Russia and China, although I’m sure China will join. But we have to remember that the United States is like an old wounded lion, it’s still a very dangerous empire and can do a lot of harm. I’m not convinced that these two symbols are enough, first the AIIB coming about. Second, I think it was when China said they were going to build their own international space station, two weeks ago, America had no choice but to join Russia.
Again, China is leading and is pulling the rest of the world in its direction. So, I think the Americans had no choice but to join up with Russia. And I think it will end up being Russia, China, and the United States. So hopefully these are positive signs that the United States is coming around and accepting the fact that China is now a major world power on parity with the United States, because if the United States takes a hard crash, the chances of World War Three, along with psychopathic Israel and their 200 nuclear warheads, the chances of nuclear war and the end of humanity as we know it would increase substantially.
I thought it was very interesting during the National People’s Congress and during a Beijing Literary Festival here, I listen to a number of supposed experts on China. And they kept saying, the mainstream media keeps saying China’s Foreign Ministry has very little influence on China’s foreign policy and that everything is decided by Xi Jinping, who heads the Central Foreign Affairs Leading Group.
And they say that the Foreign Ministry must listen to the military, as well as the powerful state-owned corporations which have billions invested overseas, that the Foreign Ministry must listen to the aspirations of the masses and the citizens and their sense of patriotism to the fatherland and that Xi is the final arbiter of every foreign policy decision.
But I’d like to ask you, how is this different from the United States or the West? I would like to point out that the American Constitution states the following:
Under the Constitution, the president of the United States determines U.S. foreign policy. The secretary of State, appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate is the president’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The secretary carries out the president’s foreign policies through the State Department and the foreign services of the United States.
Do you honestly believe that the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the United States have zero influence on American foreign policy? Do you think that Wall Street and the Fortune 500 are not at the table when foreign policy is decided in Washington? At least the Chinese government is listening to its constituents. Polls show that U.S. foreign activities are often conducted against the wishes of the American people. So, I would like for you to hear that Xi Jinping is not here in China like some Roman emperor sitting on his throne, commanding the dictates of foreign policy.
Please understand that what he is doing, advising and receiving advice and consent from the National People’s Congress and picking his foreign minister, whois Mr. Wang Yi, quite a guy, that he is leading very differently than what the United States is doing, Obama, John Kerry, the Department of State.
Another thing that I find so interesting is I keep hearing Western mainstream media calling “China: a totalitarian regime”. Fareed Zakaria, CNN, Fox, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Financial Times in the U.K – it’s a shibboleth of the totalitarian regime of China and the Communist Party, as if we are supposed to quake in fear and revulsion. This is in spite of the fact that China is the number one outbound tourist country to the world.
Last year, in 2014, 130 million Chinese left China, Mainland China, to go to someplace outside of Mainland China. Now, albeit a lot more in Hong Kong and Macao. But still, totalitarian regimes do not allow people to leave the country and have passports and go wherever they could afford to go. By the way, that outbound rate is increasing by double-digit rates. They’re now talking about 175 or 180 million Chinese leaving the mainland by 2020.
Also, China is the world’s number four inbound tourist country again, totalitarian regimes do not allow 55 million international tourists to visit them, as happened in China in 2013 (note: Covid-19 obviously put the kibosh on global tourism). In 2011, that’s the latest statistics I could find, one point twenty-seven million Chinese were studying abroad. Most of them are in North America and Europe, which is more than any other country in the world. Here locally, there are 375 thousand international students studying at Chinese universities in 2014.
Does this sound like a totalitarian country to you? To call China totalitarian is just absolutely irresponsible, and it’s just total propaganda. So please, when you talk to people, try to correct them and tell them some of these statistics.
Finally, I’ll close out today, the Xi, Putin, China, Russia love fest continues. Xi has a right-hand man, sort of his Henry Kissinger. Mr. Wang Qishan, met with Putin last week in Moscow. Can you believe it? Putin and Xi have met face-to-face or had officially held conference calls five times just in 2014. Since Xi became president in 2013, they have had direct contact nine times in the last year and a half, including meeting face to face five times.
The first overseas visit that Xi took as soon as he was president, he flew off to Moscow to meet Putin to let the world know that their interests were in common. And of course, this is because of their utter fear of what the United States is trying to do in Eurasia and in the Pacific, with the pivot and trying to contain China and now trying to contain Russia.
Also, it was pointed out that Xi is going to go to Moscow on May 9th for Russia’s commemoration of the victory of World War Two, and Putin will attend the same kind of parade for China in September for China’s victory over the Japanese (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2015/09/04/from-may-9th-in-moscow-to-september-3rd-in-beijing-the-anti-west-order-comes-full-circle-moscow-beijing-express-on-the-saker-44-days-radio-sinoland/). These are 70-year anniversaries. Also, it’s going to be the celebration of the United Nations, the birth of the United Nations. It’s also interesting to note that during the National People’s Congress, Wang Yi, the foreign minister, just came out and said we are basically essentially married at the hip with the Russians. We will work together closely.
We will use our vetoes in the Security Council to try to help maintain international peace, which means vetoing American and European “humanitarian” wars and the “responsibility to protect” which really means the right to plunder. So, it’s been an interesting week since I last talked to you. China is moving at the speed of light. Things are happening here so fast I can barely keep up while writing Xi Jinping’s diaries.
I hope you enjoy this short program. I’m going to try to keep them around 15-20 minutes so that you can get on with your life and go to work, go to school and enjoy the rest of your day. Good to talk to you or listen to you or hear from you if I get emails every time, I do one of these, and I would love to hear from you with any comments that you may have. Signing out from the belly of the New Century Beast. This is Jeff Brown, Reflections in Sinoland.
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