THE new sunday express Voices Buffet MAGAZINE Anand Neelakantan Shinie Antony Ravi Shankar J Prabhash Amar Bhushan Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev People Wellness Books Food Art & Culture Entertainment JUNE 6 2021 SUNDAY PAGES 12 NEO-MERCANTILISM POLICY Xi wants Chinese economy to determine world affairs. To change the liberal world order that favours pro-democracy economics, China promises unconditonal credit to resource-rich, strategic countries that disregard basic human rights and democracy. This alters the market balance, changes policy and forces Western nations to negotiate terms favourable to China. It uses membership of WTO, WHO etc to push its agenda. THE WORLD DOMINATION BLUEPRINT THE LEGEND SHARP POWER DOCTRINE Xi Jinping has attained mythical status in his country. The China vs the Rest policy has evoked strong nationalism, which gives him the support he needs at home to further his agenda. Xi’s absolute control over the Party allows him to push his foreign policy forward without hindrance. China could become the world’s most powerful economic force by 2049. Using “sharp power”, Xi manipulates and co-opts culture, education systems, and media. He runs an authoritarian regime at home and subverts the political atmosphere in democracies. ONE WORLD ONE DREAM ESPIONAGE AND PROPAGANDA Xi works on the Chinese historical assumption that it will subjugate and unite all countries to be ruled by one emperor. Xi sees himself as the Son of Heaven as the Chinese emperor was called. Disregarding international law, China has established military bases in the South China Sea, directly challenging US Naval power. Members of the Communist Party of China have infiltrated Western governments, mega corporations and diplomatic missions. They report directly to Xi. China started cultural bodies with opaque funding. It offers endowments to Western universities to infleunce academia. Its hackers access classified data of foreign governments, including India. FORGING SECONDARY ALLIANCES DROPPING SOFT POWER Through BRI, Xi will make China resourcecompetent and geopolitically powerful in Asia, Russia and Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. Xi will create more employment and resuscitate debt-ridden state-owned companies through creating new markets through BRI. Xi has taken an aggressive and expansionist stand, Hong King becme a police state and Taiwan is being targeted for invasion. Wolf Warrior diplomat is taking on Western anti-China opinion through savage rhetoric and lobbying. Xi excels in psychological warfare by ignoring foreign leaders: forcing them on the back foot even if China is wrong —what Beijing wants Beijing gets. WEAPONISING CREDIT MODERNISING MILITARY Xi has given massive development loans to countries in South Asia and Europe, which have mismanaged or corrupt governments. China seizes strategic assets when they don’t repay the loans. In Africa, where China has no geopolitical interests presently, Xi does not insist in repayment as he gathers future goodwill as long-term investment. Xi cut the PLA’s flab and multi-chain commands, and increased the budget of the Army. His emphasis is on state-of-the-art technology—aircraft, nuclear submarines, missile technology, cyber warfare and AI. The reach of the Chinese Navy and missile systems is intimidating. The Evil Empire With reports alleging that the novel coronavirus was made in China, President Xi Jinping has made the first move towards world domination giving India reason to worry By Ravi Shankar O n March 8, 1983, American president Ronald Reagan named the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. He said that the Soviets “must be made to understand we will never compromise our principles and standards [nor] ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire.” The USSR crumbled under the weight of maintaining its vast military machine and a flailing economy Now, there is . a new Evil Empire on earth. Its name is the People’s Republic of China. The Communist Party of China (CPC) under Xi Jinping has launched a plan to dominate the world. To test the waters, the world’s only Communist empire deliberately or by error unleashed a powerful bioweapon on an unsuspecting world last year—the novel coronavirus. Never before in the history of nations has a country’s germ warfare ambitions affected nations; first, by manufacturing a modified virus and launching its lethal mission, and then hiding its true origin by gene-editing the pathogen. Throughout the Covid-19 narrative and the unfolding documentation of Xi’s lust to be the world’s supreme leader, the shadow of Sun Tzu is present like an ominous counsellor. Murdering Millions the Chinese Way Last week, British professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr Birger Sorensen announced that the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab and had no “credible natural ancestor”. It was created by Chinese scientists in a ‘Gain of Function’ project (see box: Altering the Virus) by taking the virus’s “backbone” found in Chinese cave bats and splicing it onto a new “spike”. Dalgleish and Sorensen discovered “unique fingerprints” in samples that could only have come through manual virus manipulation in a laboratory environment. As thousands began to die in the pandemic and China came in the crosshairs of the world, mainly the West, it decided on the “deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data”. “China will do everything to deflect attention. After the Biden administration ordered US intelligence to look closely at the evidence pertaining to lab leak, China suggested that it is America that is responsible. India, along with several other nations, has demanded a transparent enquiry into the origins of Covid-19, so China will target India as well. But global focus today is on what happened in Wuhan and China is feeling the pressure,” says Harsh Pant, Director of Research, Observer Research Foundation. The Art of War speaks of the importance of knowing your enemy Some Wuhan scientists . had been working with American scientific laboratories earlier. Chinese whistleblowers who revealed the conspiracy were either silenced or simply disappeared into the dark maze of China’s own version of the Gulag—notorious prison camps that Mao Zedong had set up to “re-educate” dissidents, artists, academics and party officials. Xi’s father was one of them. China’s Dream of World Domination Events and personalities occur twice in history the first , A file photo of Xi Jinping with world leaders time as tragedy and the second time as an even greater tragedy . China is the new Soviet Union, Xi is the new Stalin. The philosophy of the authoritarian Xi is summed up by the Chinese word ‘tianxia’, which means “everything under heaven”. Economist Arvind Subramanian has predicted that Chinese currency will replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency before 2035. Various China watchers believe that it will become the world’s most powerful economic force by 2049. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is its primary instrument to perpetuate newly forged alliances and expand global presence. It links China with Asia, Russia and Europe by land and will connect China’s coastal regions with Asia, the South Pacific and the Middle East. “Xi’s flagship BRI seeks to extend Chinese diplomatic, economic and military power around the globe. India is directly impacted since the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the first part of the BRI to be operationalised and it soon began to bend borders. With the CPEC, Beijing shed the ambiguity it had maintained on the status of the territories in Pak occupation and began advising India in all interactions to ‘ease tensions with Pakistan, resume talks, resolve the Kashmir issue and then look to improving relations with China’,” says Jayadeva Ranade, President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy . Tianxia proposes dominance of the Han community—China’s ruling class—and the world’s subservience to China. The “Son of Heaven”, aka the Chinese emperor, aka Xi, will be the sole ruler. The altered coronavirus, BRI, military adventurism, bringing Hong Kong under Chinese rule, threatening to invade Taiwan, using hackers and aggressive Wolf Warrior diplomacy are the Communist emperor’s advance guard. After his father’s purge by Mao, the 15-year-old Xi was sent from Beijing to Liangjiahe village a little over half-a-century ago. Xi learned to brawl; at a meeting discussing his elevation to power, the story goes that one of the old guard hit him with a chair. Xi got the chair in the end and his assailant’s fate is unknown. In 2017, a term coined by Spanish China expert and writer Juan Pablo Cardenal sums up Xi’s leadership style. Cardenal spoke of “sharp power” that dictators use to “manipulate and co-opt culture, education systems, and media”. Xi’s foreign policy is fuelled by sharp power. He initiated programmes like Confucius Institutes (CI) teaching Chinese culture and language. But censorship of discussions on the CPC on campus—Xi sees criticism as “hurting Chinese peoples’ feelings”—and opaque funding methods forced host countries to close CIs down. American universities have refused Chinese money fearing infiltration of academia. Xi’s foreign policy is fuelled by sharp power. Hong Kong is sharp power’s first testing site. “The domestic political environment in China is undergoing a tremendous churn. Xi’s emergence as the ‘core’ leader has not been without friction, which continues to persist, as evident from repeated official calls for cadres to maintain political loyalty At the same time, his . ascent to unparalleled authority since Mao has cemented the trend of top-level design in foreign policy This makes . course correction and adaptability difficult. Beijing is increasingly viewing the world from the prism of systemic competition. This has been amply evident in its narrative around the superiority of the Chinese system in containing the pandemic. This goes hand-inhand with China’s perception of itself as a major global power,” says Manoj Kewalramani, Fellow-China Studies, Takshashila Institution. Contempt for Democracy Xi is no Brezhnev or Gorbachev. Brezhnev invaded Afghanistan and the costly war ended in the economic and social collapse of the Soviet Empire which Gorbachev Turn to page 2
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