Coddling China: When will it end?
Now US social media aid and profit from Chinese censorship skills, instead of challenging them
What is it about China that enables the world’s most populous nation to be such a favorite of the international globalist, socialist community (while lambasting Russia, which officially abandoned communism three decades ago)?
In 1997, six years after the demise of the Soviet Union, China was granted an exemption from any obligations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions under the Kyoto Protocol (as was India) on grounds that it was a “developing nation.” And despite the posturing over the Paris climate agreement, China’s CO2 emissions soared while the ink on President Xi’s signature was still wet.
One reason cited by President Trump for pulling the U.S. out was that the Paris accords committed the U.S. to massive, immediate CO2 emission reductions (26 to 28 percent by 2025). China only committed to its previously announced goal to increase non-fossil-fuel electricity to about 20 percent by 2030.
China today, with the world’s 59th highest per capita income (IMF data, with India at No. 139), is building or planning over 300 coal-fired power plants in places as widely spread as Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, and the Philippines. The world’s leading emitter of CO2 is also building what Wired calls “an insane number” of new coal-fired power plants at home with little objection from the gatekeepers at the United Nations.
Meanwhile, over half of the people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, largely because the United Nations’ “sustainable development goals” dissuade investment in coal, natural gas, or even nuclear power plants while favoring dung, wood, wind, and solar (in nations without electric grids or highways).
According to Human Rights Watch, China’s government sees human rights as an “existential threat,” a stance which “could pose an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide.” The Nobel Peace Prize winning organization says that the Chinese Communist Party “has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism.”
Human Rights Watch singled out “a void of leadership among countries that might have stood for human rights, and a disappointing collection of democracies willing to sell the rope that is strangling the system of rights they purport to uphold.”
And now, with massive help from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google, and other willing collaborators, the Chinese Communists are aiding and abetting a recipient of Chinese largesse, a veteran of coddling China, to this nation’s highest office. [One example: Hunter Biden worked with Chinese investors to fund China General Nuclear Power Corp., a firm recently charged by the FBI for stealing nuclear secrets in the United States.]
These organizations, hiding behind the façade of “private enterprise,” have led an assault on First Amendment freedom of speech by censoring content unfavorable to their causes. [These same organizations never objected to infringement of the rights of an Oregon bakery’s First Amendment claim regarding baking a cake.]
They have been joined by Democratic governors who, with no legislative directives, used the cover of COVID 19 to impose outright bans on church attendance – even Bible studies in private homes – and to destroy selected businesses while sanctioning violent protests.
Universities have imposed Draconian bans on freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and other rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Others now insist that the Constitution itself is outdated and should be immediately replaced – along with all of its protections for the individual against the imperial state.
The whole world knows very well that China wants to see Joe Biden in the White House. Perhaps that is why Democrats have unilaterally attacked “Russian interference” with the U.S. elections and totally ignored the massive contributions being made by the Chinese government.
Brand new evidence of Chinese collusion came to light with the revelation (with more new shocking evidence daily) that Chinese communists are advising Facebook on how to censor, de-platform, and shadow ban information that might favor the Republican candidate or cast the Democratic candidate in a poor light.
Iranian-American journalist Sorrab Ahmari obtained (and confirmed) information from a Facebook insider that the social media giant’s “Hate Speech Engineering” team is loaded with Chinese PhD’s whose specialty is “machine learning” – teaching computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed so that certain content ends up at the top of the news feed and other content shows up “dead last.”
While a Facebook spokesperson haughtily condemned any suggestion that “these employees have an outsized influence on our broader policies” as “absurd,” Ahmari is quite correct in asking what’s to stop these Chinese engineers from delivering intelligence to the Chinese government?
Facebook’s total ban on negative information on the Biden family’s business dealings with Chinese companies is a strong indicator that the company is serving China’s interests in securing the election of ”the Big Guy.” According to a new Project Veritas exposé, Google (now facing a federal antitrust case*) is intentionally manipulating results in order to benefit Democrats and to hinder President Trump’s campaign.
[*The Justice Department, together with the Attorneys General of 11 states, alleges in a nonpartisan case that, “For years, Google has entered into exclusionary agreements, including tying arrangements, and engaged in anticompetitive conduct to lock up distribution channels and block rivals.”]
Despite the angst of the intellectuals, the media, the socialists, and many leaders of the Democratic Party, a new poll announced by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. (CSIS) found that a majority of Americans view China negatively and believe (along with Human Rights Watch) that it is the country that presents the greatest threat to the United States (and the rights of the individual).
The broad-based support for banning China’s Huawei Technologies from 5G networks reflects worldwide concerns over Chinese human rights violations. Scott Kennedy, Chinese business and economics chair at CSIS, asserted that “Americans and others around the world have given up on the idea that the goal should be to change China into a free-market economy.”
A recent article by MSN News noted that historically, Joe Biden had embraced the idea that the U.S. could coax China into acting as a “responsible stakeholder,” but that he no longer adheres to that viewpoint.
The former Vice President has taken few questions from the media about his China policy, though he did claim he would end the Trump tariffs on Chinese imports. But that statement was almost immediately walked back by aides to clarify that Biden would only “reevaluate the tariffs upon taking office.”
The acceptance by the Biden-Harris campaign and many of its supporters of Chinese-style restrictions on human rights may be a signal that the U.S. Democratic Party sees the Xi-led Chinese Communist Party as a kindred spirit.
Yet, despite the near-total media blackout on the recent revelations regarding the Biden family and Chinese business (hence military) interests, a President Biden might have to show a new toughness against China to put out what could become a raging forest fire of California proportions. Too many Americans are not willing to see jobs recently regained from slave laborers be returned to the Middle Kingdom.
That is, unless the Democrats and their social media and old media allies have perfected censorship enough to drown out any legitimate opposition that would threaten their absolute reign.
And if that happens, who will dare challenge China’s environmental callousness?
[Originally posted on Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)]