The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership highlights the shortsightedness of US withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership and further feeds a narrative that China is not merely ascendant, she is stepping into a role than the US has willingly abrogated.
China does spend billions on espionage and Chinese agents are constantly being discovered infiltrating western universities, corporations, and governments. We should still let in Hong Kong refugees.
The new National Security Law changes nothing. Hong Kong was always going to end up under Beijing’s direct control. The new law is hastening that but the world should perhaps consider that China has treated Hong Kong relatively gently. It could have been much worse.
It is not racist to suggest that the Chinese government lied about the origins and spread of the virus and that they’re continuing to lie about related infection and fatality rates now. There is plenty of evidence for any reasonable person to conclude that Beijing lied, calling them on it is not racist – it is prudent.
Whatever the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, the dismantling of the Chinese Communist Party will most not likely not be one of them. In fact, it’s unlikely that there will be any significant reforms of the Party at all.
Just a reminder that before they were lying about COVID-19, China was lying about the concentration camps they were building in Xinjiang. And they’re still lying.
Chinese censorship and social control—not democratic sentimentality— have prevented the nationalist, often anti-foreign and xenophobic demonstrations from unduly influencing the country’s foreign and domestic affairs.
Cancel culture is real in China. Angering Chinese nationalists online can lead to job loss, police harassment, and threats against your family.
From luring YouTube’s biggest stars to sing Chinese nationalist songs on Chinese social media to demanding that US airlines not refer to Taiwan as its own country to threatening the visa status of a guest in their country for posting videos online, China is expanding its influence.
More people have died, been injured, and been arrested during the French protests than have in Hong Kong. The French protests have been going on for twice as long and are on issues of much greater relevance to western citizens.