If there is a new Cold War, it is at Beijing’s request



Independent Senator Yuen Pau Wu made a speech to the Canada-China Friendship Association in March, lamenting the status of relations between the two countries. It was argued that it was the Cold War that forced Canada to choose between China and the United States that caused him a lot of suffering.

“It’s just that we aren’t in the Cold War reconstruction, which is easy to stand on the side of making China’s policy very difficult,” he said.

But, as in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the Cold War has already been declared, not by Washington. The Beijing administration has long expressed a desire to go this route.

In a speech that went to 習近 Xiaoping July 1 to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), to promote the heritage of the “new democratic revolution” of the party, China must do the “great “. Wrestling with many modern features. He declared that foreign troops trying to “bully” China were “on the course of a collision with a large steel wall.” This is a total threat to the United States and its allies’ attempts to hold Beijing accountable.

Xi’s speech to the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October 2017 expressed similar feelings, but was probably a bit less warlike. He foresaw a new era of China’s power and said it would be “an era of seeing China approaching the central stage and making a greater contribution to humanity” on the road to great rejuvenation of the country. He also called on the Chinese people to “support the party’s strong leadership and engage in tenacious struggles.”

The targets of such struggles are those elements of society considered corrupt by the West and the party. Aspects of the struggle include China’s rapid military buildup and an “ethnic assimilation” campaign against the Uighur and Tibetan populations to protect the party from the “destructive” population. Keep in mind that this is a government that once practiced policies such as setting “counter-revolutionary” killing quotas, as historian Frank Dikötter generously documented in his trilogy on the creation of the Communist Party of China. It is wise to keep it. CCP is an organization that knows that there are no historical restrictions.

The Chinese Communist Party has been so brave for years, but Westerners tend to deny the idealism at the heart of the administration. In a recent Hub article, policy researcher Sean Spear argues that it is wrong to describe the US-China competition as the Cold War. Because it is “artificial intelligence, biopharmaceuticals, semiconductors, not about ideological conflicts.” What this analysis misses is what stimulates China’s behavior in current technology, the Marxist ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. It is a mistake to downplay the idealistic element.

The CCP politicizes every aspect of society in order to maintain its legitimacy on an ongoing basis. Suffering from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Xi has emphasized renewing the party’s ideology and indoctrination to the authorities and the masses within it. He spoke with his comrades in 2012 and blamed the collapse of the Soviet Union for the fact that “their ideals and beliefs were shaken.” To avoid such a fate, he once again made the party a central authority, with no separation from its technology company or army.

As a result, the emphasis on ideological commitments stimulates a relentless zero-sum and often delusional approach to diplomacy among party leaders. One of the key factors in the beginning of the Cold War was the rejection of Joseph Stalin of Marshall Plan. This is an act inspired by his commitment to consolidate the communist sphere and his delusion that capitalist America “enslaves” Europe. After that, it will escalate the flow to the Cold War.

“If the United States were to benefit in Europe in any way, the Soviet Union would have to be defeated,” historian Robert Gellately explains in his book Stalin’s Curse.

Such logic also provides information for the calculus of Xi. Despite his talk of peace and harmony, the purpose of all diplomatic movements that Beijing makes is to isolate the United States and center it on its own. Anything that brings any benefit to Washington and the West will be treated as a suspect and attack on China’s “development.”

The Cold War is clearly undesirable, but it’s happening. And it wasn’t the western Chinese hawks who pursued it, but the Chinese Communist Party who set the conditions for involvement. The intention was clear. It’s finally time to pay attention and start preparing for the future.

Shane Miller is a researcher at Probe International.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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Shane Miller is a freelance contributor to The Epoch Times.