What's Going Down In China Is Very Dangerous – Part 1

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I’m sure all of you are aware of the dramatic power play pulled off over the weekend by China’s Communist Party to eliminate term limits for both the president and vice president.

Prior to the move, Chinese leaders have stuck to two five-year terms since the presidency of Jiang Zemin (1993-2003), but that’s about to change as wannabe emperor Xi Jinping positions himself as indefinite ruler of the increasingly totalitarian superstate.

While the weekend announcement was illuminating enough, I found the panicked reactions by Chinese authorities in the immediate aftermath far more telling. The country’s propagandists took censorship to such an embarrassing level in attempts to portray the decision as widely popular amongst the masses, it merely served to betray that opposite might be true.

China Digital Times compiled a fascinating list of words and terms banned from being posted or searched on Weibo. Here’s just a sample of some I found particularly interesting.

  • The Emperor’s Dream (皇帝梦) — The title of a 1947 animated puppet film.

  • Disney (迪士尼) — See also “Winnie the Pooh,” below.

  • personality cult (个人崇拜) — Read more about the image-crafting campaign that has been steadily cultivated by state media over Xi’s first term.

  • Brave New World (美丽新世界) — See also “1984,” below.

  • my emperor (吾皇)

  • Yuan Shikai (袁世凯) — Influential warlord during the late Qing Dynasty, Yuan became the first formal president of the newly established Republic of China in 1912. In 1915, he briefly re-established China as a Confucian monarchy.

  • Hongxian (洪憲) — Reign title of the short-lived, re-established monarchy led by Yuan Shikai, who declared himself the Hongxian Emperor. After much popular disapproval and rebellion, Yuan formally abandoned the empire after 83 days as emperor.

  • Animal Farm (动物庄园)

  • N — While the letter “N” was temporarily blocked from being posted, as of 14:27 PST on February 26, it was no longer banned. At Language Log, Victor Mair speculates that this term was blocked “probably out of fear on the part of the government that “N” = “n terms in office”, where possibly n > 2.”

  • emigrate (移民) — Following the news, Baidu searches for the word reportedly saw a massive spike.

  • disagree (不同意)

  • Xi Zedong (习泽东)

  • incapable ruler (昏君)

  • 1984

  • Winnie the Pooh (小熊维尼) — Images of Winnie the Pooh have been used to mock Xi Jinpingsince as early as 2013. The animated bear continues to be sensitive in China. users shared a post from Disney’s official account that showed Pooh hugging a large pot of honey along with the caption “find the thing you love and stick with it.”

  • I oppose (我反对)

  • long live the emperor (吾皇万岁)

The full list is far more extensive and ridiculous, but the key point is that such a pathetic and panicked response from government censors highlights government insecurity, not strength.

I fully agree with a recent observation made by Charlie Smith, co-founder of GreatFire.org:

Smith said he believed Beijing had underestimated the outrage its decision would cause. “The response from Chinese netizens indicates that Xi may have miscalculated how this would be received by the general public. Hence, he has asked the censors to put in overtime and things like the letter ‘N’ end up as collateral damage.”

The internet response to the Communist Party’s move to abolish term limits was not what leadership expected or desired, which prompted a panicky and desperate attempt to immediately clean up internet discourse.

It’s pretty sad when a government in charge of the lives of over a billion people is terrified of Winnie the Pooh memes.

The huge tell that China was about to take a major totalitarian turn occurred last year with the draconian government response to Bitcoin and crypto currency exchanges generally. The people of China were embracing the technology as much as anyone else and were in a perfect position to be global leaders in this paradigm changing new ecosystem. Xi responded to this by shutting the whole thing down.

Not only did he dash the enthusiasm, drive and talent of some of his country’s smartest technologists and entrepreneurs, but he also made it clear to the world that the Chinese model will continue to be one of command and control, rigid hierarchy and centralization. This is a tragic and historic mistake, and I think the coming brain drain out of China could be massive. This provides an opportunity for more open nations to scoop up some serious talent as they look to leave. As noted previously, Chinese authorities banned the word “emigrate” earlier this week, which should certainly tell you something.

As someone who’s watched his own government turn increasingly opaque, corrupt, authoritarian and unconstitutional, I feel empathy for the tens, if not hundreds of millions, of Chinese horrified that their hopes of a more free society appear dashed for the foreseeable future. Making matters worse, the surveillance state that’s been installed across the country is science fiction level scary.

In case you missed the following video clip of the China’s all-seeing spy camera network, take a watch.

If that’s not wild enough, Chinese police are now starting to become equipped with fascial recognition eyeglasses.

From Verge:

China’s police have a new weapon in their surveillance arsenal: sunglasses with built-in facial recognition. According to reports from local media, the glasses are being tested at train stations in the “emerging megacity” of Zhengzhou, where they’ll be used to scan travelers during the upcoming Lunar New Year migration. This is a period of extremely busy holiday travel, often described as the largest human migration event on Earth, and police say the sunglasses have already been used to capture seven suspects wanted in major cases, as well as 26 individuals traveling under false identities.

The sunglasses are the latest component in China’s burgeoning tech-surveillance state. In recent years, the country has poured resources into various advanced tracking technologies, developing artificial intelligence to identify individuals and digitally tail them around cities. One estimate suggests the country will have more than 600 million CCTV cameras by 2020, with Chinese tech startups outfitting them with advanced features like gait recognition.

Let this be a lesson to U.S. citizens, as well as citizens across the world. Never, ever allow a massive, unaccountable surveillance system to be constructed and implemented in your society for any reason. It will always ultimately be abused by a power hungry despot to seize and then maintain power.

Finally, one major reason I’m so concerned about what’s happening in China is because it adds a huge element of geopolitical risk to the global equation and greatly increases the likelihood of worldwide conflict.

Tomorrow’s piece will focus on this angle.

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Comments

shamus001 ReturnOfDaMac Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:01 Permalink

ALL HAIL EMPORER XI JINGPING!

As for 'orange'... I believe it was Barrack Obama who stated publicly that he wished he wasn't limited to two terms because he would win a third? - oh yeah it was!

Wasn't he who made it his mission to strip the arms away from the citizens of America?  - oh yeah! That was he!

And a disarmed citizenry... what can they do about a runaway government that does whatever it wants... much like Emporer Xi?

Answer:  NOT A DAMN THING.

Now, return to work, subjects!

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Occident Mortal shamus001 Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:11 Permalink

This puts China on a different path, it ensure that there will be no viable successor to Xi.

Anyone posing as a potential successor will be disappeared.

This is much like Putin’s Russia. The total lack of viable alternatives makes Putin and now Xi, totally irreplaceable.

So much so that when they eventually die, their countries are fucked as a giant vacuum is left behind that just leads to warring factions tearing each other to pieces in a winner takes all showdown.

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Dindu Nuffins Occident Mortal Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:17 Permalink

China isn't going to be negroidized under the rule of Xi Jinping, so the west should think of its own elites instead.

China's immigration system is air-tight. You could live there half a lifetime and still not even be a permanent resident. And Xi Jinping led the clearing out of Guangzhou's illegal African community that caused violent crimes and drug trafficking, and now Africans have especially difficulty staying in the country.

Meanwhile, the west worships negro culture and hates all its own achievements. Wakanda is the western ideal society today. And your elites will make it so all across Europe and America.

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Dindu Nuffins dasein211 Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:11 Permalink

Hitler fought a struggle worth fighting, and sadly lost because of some unfortunate mistakes. He should have viewed the Slavs as brothers against Judeo-Marxist oppressors and recruited them into a revolt against their Jewish masters, but his rejection of a broader White Christian identity in favor of Germanic nationalism cost him the war. Still, he did fight the plan to destroy his nation to the best of his limited ability. Only a coward diminishes a flawed leader's earnest attempt to preserve his people.

Enjoy your African grandchildren, which Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi was advocating openly in Europe with the publication of Practical Idealism (1923) long before Hitler tried to stop the plan.

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BobEore Dindu Nuffins Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:27 Permalink

Moishe makes music... of the usual misdirectin kind!

In the classic manner of the judaic 'look-skquirl' feint, our advocate of totalitarian 'FEAR LEADERS' wishes to distract our attention to what's goin down in Chinatown... by using his fave trick!

Kill that black animal! All your problems will be solved. And who turned the black man away from advancement and living peacefully in their own part of the world? Why the 'animals' who traded in their bodies - shipping slaves all around the world and using them as well on their own "estates"

"Jews warehoused so many African slaves in Barbados that Gentile authorities moved to limit the number of captives they could possess.

Jews became the major traders in “refuse slaves”—Africans who were weak and sick from the Middle Passage voyage. Jewish traders “fattened them up ”and sold them at a profit. Jews set up militias with the sole purpose of fighting the Black Maroons, the escaped Africans who were fighting to free their enslaved brethren. The Jewish militias murdered the Maroons and cut off their hands to award as trophies" The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews

Nice try dindi .... no sale. China is an outpost of international finance capital being groomed to be the new HQ of the $power once the campaign to take down the west is completed. And then... you'll do the same to the white man as you did to the black.

Or DIE tryin! (I'll take nummer TWO Nigel!)

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keep the basta… Occident Mortal Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:07 Permalink

As an Australian I see massive property buying by Chinese plus the Aust real estate agencies operating in china plus no govt action to fully implement anti money laundering in property by overseas citizens. The Bill has sat unput in parliament since around 2003.

I have heard from a number of locals who say Xi is a  joke because Xi is laughed at by their Chinese friends...who going on their property purchases are  money laundering corrupt Chinese as the limits on money transfer out of China is legally so small, no help from Aus govt on that.

Hence imo go Xi and good luck on cracking down. His father was jailed for a long long time because of politics. Xi had a tough childhood.

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uhland62 Occident Mortal Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:57 Permalink

I am not convinced that if we do not see a successor (or several successors) being groomed in China and Russia that they do not exist. The possibility exists that they do that out of sight. If Xi abuses his power in China, in terms of hard abuse, it is still a matter for China. If China suffers a brain drain soon there must be many countries willing to take these Chinese in, which is doubtful. And even if that happens Beijing will do something about it and choose a way that does not generate riots in the streets. 

With unlimited tenure, Xi avoids the power vacuum that exists before and after a predictable changeover. That would be similar to Yeltsin handing over to Putin - the adversaries had no time to prepare for hostile actions.

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Baron von Bud ReturnOfDaMac Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:05 Permalink

There is nothing wrong with benevolent-intelligent dictators. Trouble is, they tend to pass power to their less capable male spawn. China figures it has the communist party to control the ruler. I doubt it. As the first generation capitalist-commies pass away the party will get the sons of the well-to-do. They'll be even more corruptible. A strongman and a more pliable party will lead them quickly to where America is today.  

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Dindu Nuffins SMG Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:34 Permalink

Reality Check.

When the West is well-mixed with low-IQ negroids, and Kalergi is smiling from his grave, China will still be Han Chinese. That's not globalism, but a shrewd player in the game against the globalists. China is merely draining the globalists of their ill-gotten usury wealth, while demanding all western globalists partner with a local Chinese company and pass on their technologies. Meanwhile the Han Chinese are becoming more homogeneous through policies that reduce the births of Hui Muslims in Xinjiang and deny any foreigners permanent residency. Not Globalism. The globalists are getting played hard.

And don't pretend that real westerners will be worse off when the globalists are finally cornered and stripped of power.

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Dindu Nuffins Xena fobe Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

True, to an extent. I'd argue vast numbers of economic migrants to the West are a worse problem, but a sizeable manufacturing base was moved to China at the detriment of the West. 

However, China had no obligation to save the West from itself, though. It was lucky to be the pawn of the globalists, but crucially didn't cuck to them by allowing multinationals to run amok without Chinese partners, buying up land and resources in a fire sale, the way globalists always wish to do in poor countries. Because it handled the avarice of the globalists correctly, it profited and became less poor.

Not to say China will never have problems, or that it doesn't have problems now, but keep perspective with all the problems elsewhere. 

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Dindu Nuffins BarkingCat Thu, 03/01/2018 - 02:18 Permalink

State propaganda to please diversity-obsessed Westerners, but harmless in fact.

Han are 91% of the population, and the next largest ethnicity is only 1%. There is no cohesion among this jumble of minorities and they stick to their home provinces under the hukou system. All the leadership are Han, and the Han have no demographic challengers.

That kind of diversity is closer to cousins, far different from the western "diversity" of importing Africa and the Middle East. The only diversity that really matters in China, akin to the "diversity" of the west in the problems that arise, is the Uighurs, and they are dwindling.

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Malleus Maleficarum SMG Thu, 03/01/2018 - 03:38 Permalink

"One-and-a-half BILLION people who have no choice but to go along against a handful of Globalist commie scum."

That sounds so incredibly fouled up! Is there really nothing that hundreds of millions of people could do? If a tenth of those people unified and acted as one, they'd be unstoppable. Humanity is insane!

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Rhetorical Buckaroo Banzai Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

Less the jews and more that the corperations that own the major news networks are and have been desperate to get into China. Since  those corps own the profitless media departments, the media wont piss off big daddy who writes the checks.

Yes yes I know but the asken jews average IQ is 115 where us white guys is about 105. That and nepotism explains a lot.

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Buckaroo Banzai Rhetorical Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

That "ashkenazi jews have an IQ of 115" meme is a myth. And your figure for White IQ is wrong, it's right around 100, and Ashkenazi are closer to 103 or so. This small advantage in IQ is basically irrelevant, the real source of ashkenazi power is their strict code of nepotism combined with their well-honed skills of deception and subversion.

The funny thing is, sephardic jews have IQs averaging in the low 90s so overall Jewish IQ is actually slightly lower than white IQ.

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Dindu Nuffins Normalcy Bias Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:07 Permalink

China is a good place to live.

The people are a sane and pragmatic sort who value their families. The state strives to provide all of them with work, even if it's pointless make-work, rather than the western efficiency of importing the lowest wage refugees, while leaving the vast seething native European populations idle. The television isn't filled with minorities, gays and transgenders shouting that the Han majority should be genocided. The streets are safe to walk at 3 AM in Beijing. Tell me, which major city near you can boast the same?

Maybe yours is the country with a brutal dictatorial regime? Or do you think elections actually change everything into a government where the people rule rather than being propagandized to elect the people that the foreign money powers want to rule you?

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Charvo Dindu Nuffins Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:59 Permalink

I'll take dictatorships that promote safety.  Look at Sweden where people are so brainwashed that people voting stupidly and allowing bad people to enter the country.  Asia might have totalitarian regimes, but at least their regimes don't want bad people in the country.  If you read comic books, check out the series called Injustice.  It's about Superman becoming the dictator of the world in order to promote peace and safety.  It's very interesting.  What would you choose?  Superman's hammer-fisted approach to safety with bad guys dying or Batman's freedom like Gotham City in which criminals are everywhere.

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thebigunit Dindu Nuffins Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

The United States is served by a two-channel reality system:

  • Channel A: The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Hollywood, the universities, etc. etc.
  • Channel B: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Fox News, Washington Times, NRA, etc, etc.

You've been getting your news from Channel F,  or Channel 69, or Channel Zzognarr:

China is a good place to live.

The people are a sane and pragmatic sort who value their families. 

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Logonaut Dindu Nuffins Thu, 03/01/2018 - 08:09 Permalink

A relative once visited Taipei on business and noticed people cutting the grass with scissors... in teams. It's the kind of memory that sticks with you! Granted, different country -- but it's the same people and the same attitude. The question I have, though, is how all of this is going to work out considering that China is embracing automation at a rapid clip. It seems like whatever unemployment problems the West will face due to automation will be both swifter to eventuate and overall more intense in China. Fascinating prospect.

Overall, while leery of certain things the CCP does, like organ harvesting of the religious, I can't help but feel that managing a billion+ people must be really difficult. It's not a burden I would wish on anyone, for the simple the reason that 10000 people might die or lose their jobs just because you got indigestion the night before a major decision... or simply sneezed.

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uhland62 Normalcy Bias Thu, 03/01/2018 - 01:08 Permalink

China has 4 times the population of the US - really?

 Why not try to help those who live under the overpasses? China has 60 times the Australian population - and we are supposed to care, spend money to counter China, and shortchange our own people?

Chinese are capable enough to manage their own affairs. Their police shoots and kills a lot less randomly.

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