When the CCP is in danger, it tries to save the party by raising the banner of nationalism. This has always been the usual action of rogue regimes that have no other choice. The latest round of the campaign started with the CCP’s diplomatic system, and then from the diplomatic crisis, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League (CYL) joined in and stirred up a civil boycott of foreign goods, with the official media acting as enablers throughout the process. The incident shows that not only the Communist Youth League, the Central Propaganda Department and its official media are tools of the current Politburo Standing Committee Wang Huning, but the diplomatic system is also run by him.
Yang Jiechi plays for Xi to see Wang Huning’s behind-the-scenes manipulation
In the two-day high-level U.S.-China Alaska Dialogue on March 18 and 19, the two sides of the U.S.-China talks, led by Yang Jiechi and Blinken respectively, opened with fire in their opening remarks and dried up under the international spotlight.
Yang Jiechi spoke for 16 minutes all by himself, without giving Time for translation in between. His most surprising sentence was: “I am now saying that you are not qualified to say in front of China, you talk with China from a position of strength. 20 years ago, 30 years ago you did not have this position, because the Chinese do not eat this.”
As many people have said, Yang’s words are for the Chinese to hear, in order to intensify a new wave of anti-American sentiment among domestic pinkies, and Yang’s performance is also for his masters at Home: see how I am doing?
After Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi created the dramatic scene of the opening fireworks, the official media of the Communist Party of China (CPC) quickly cooperated to make a big deal out of it, making the anger against the US grow hotter and hotter. A big red post on the People’s Daily microblogging site marked Yang Jiechi’s original remarks in both English and Chinese. The video of Yang Jiechi’s speech was circulated four times on the Chinese Internet, and the pinkies clamored.
Yang and Wang are acting for Xi Jinping, and yes, like the fight against the Epidemic, Xi will now be “personally commanding and deploying”, not daring to leave it to others, and it seems that the Foreign Ministry has nothing to do with Premier Li Keqiang, but who is behind Xi? Behind the scenes there is the figure of the so-called “national teacher” Wang Huning.
Wang Huning is not only in charge of party building, ideology and propaganda, but also in the Central Committee to deepen reform, the Central Finance and Economics Commission, the Central Network Security and Information Technology Commission, all have Wang Huning’s seat. Most prominently, the only member of the Politburo Standing Committee who accompanied Xi Jinping to receive envoys abroad on July 17, 2019, was Wang Huning, secretary of the Central Secretariat, for the first time in many years. As a result, Wang Huning became the only figure among the other six Standing Committee members to assist Xi in guiding diplomacy, apparently replacing Li Keqiang. Wang has no position in the current Central Committee for Foreign Affairs, with Li Keqiang as deputy director and Wang Qishan as a member.
In other words, the diplomatic system has also become a territory for Wang Huning to meddle in.
In addition to the propaganda mouth itself is Wang Huning management, this public dislike of the United States political show, it is not difficult to judge is Wang Huning in the manipulation.
Xinjiang cotton sparked a nationalist trend who is directing the drama?
And now by the Xinjiang cotton triggered a wave of boycott of foreign goods.
After the European Union and many Western countries sanctioned Chinese officials over human rights in Xinjiang on March 22, the Chinese Communist Party immediately announced retaliatory sanctions against 10 people and four entities in Europe, intensifying the conflict between the Chinese Communist Party and the international community and creating a strange undercurrent in China’s political situation.
On March 24, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League (CYCL) uploaded a statement by H&M, a well-known international clothing brand, on its boycott of sweat product Xinjiang cotton last year, saying that H&M had “overstepped its bounds” and claimed that “Xinjiang cotton does not eat this”. This is also a follow-up to the statement made by Yang Jiechi, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, during the U.S.-China meeting in Alaska, which represents a rogue diplomatic phrase: “Chinese people don’t eat this”.
Starting with the Communist Youth League Central Committee’s rehashing of old scores, almost all Chinese official media, including CCTV and People’s Daily, launched an all-out attack on H&M at about the same time. The storm, fueled by the official media, is spreading rapidly to more than a dozen international brands such as NIKE and Adidas. There are a number of videos online showing people cutting up H&M clothes and even torching American brand sneakers.
After the Chinese Communist Party officially named H&M and encouraged a “universal boycott,” the Chinese performing arts industry has cut ties with H&M, disguised as a big push for everyone to pass.
At the March 25 press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did her homework on the Xinjiang human rights controversy, taking out a photo of American black slaves from more than 100 years ago and comparing it with the current color photo of Xinjiang, countering that the United States also used black slaves to grow cotton more than 100 years ago. However, it showed foreign journalists a so-called U.S. “black slaves picking cotton photos”, was the U.S. media kicked out the real Texas prison inmates in the last century, labor scenes, not related to serfdom.
Why did a statement released a year ago become “black material” in the mouth of the Chinese Communist Party’s official media a year later? Why did it turn into a national campaign all of a sudden? Why did everyone from Daini Xuan to the Foreign Ministry spokesperson join the battle? Apparently, just like the performance of senior Chinese diplomats in Alaska, they came prepared.
The Communist Youth League is part of the Communist Party’s so-called group organization, and Wang Huning is the chief administrator, and ideology and propaganda are also under Wang Huning’s direct supervision. In addition, Wang Huning is also in charge of diplomacy. This nationalist drama is under the command of Xi Jinping, but Wang Huning is the general director.
Xi Jinping’s full left turn to Wang Huning’s design
In recent years, Xi Jinping has been making frequent moves to the left, showing a move to emulate Mao Zedong in various fields. Early on, he had asked senior Communist Party officials to study Mao’s writings in response to trade negotiations with the United States. Many of Xi’s speeches have been copied from Mao.
Xi claimed that “time and momentum are on our side,” boasted about the allegedly fake “miracle on earth” of poverty eradication in domestic affairs, proposed the so-called 2035 Vision Plan, and suggested that the world trend in foreign policy is “rising in the east and falling in the west. “In terms of foreign policy, Xi Jinping’s left-turning line is a symptom of the overall rise of nationalism.
Xi Jinping’s leftward turn is not only a result of his own deep influence on the Communist Party Culture, but also of his close friend Wang Huning. Wang, known as the “Three Dynasties’ State Teacher,” was the first to package and launch the so-called “Three Represents” for Jiang Zemin, and later was an important promoter of Hu’s “Scientific Outlook on Development. The “Chinese Dream” and Xi Jinping’s so-called “Socialist Thought with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, which was added to the Party Constitution at the 19th National Congress, also came from Wang Huning.
After the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi Jinping’s series of internal speeches disclosing his ideological orientation were published through the party media, seemingly in preparation, and many of them were also designed by Wang Huning. Even when Xi Jinping attends international conferences, Wang Huning is said to prepare a “small book” for him.
See how Wang Huning’s nationalist farce ends
Despite Xi Jinping’s intention to rely on it, Wang Huning’s masterpieces have been exposed from time to time to end up in similar high-class blackness.
For example, two years ago, the nationalism represented by “Awesome, My Country”, which the Chinese Communist Party sang about, was shattered by a sudden trade conflict between the United States and China, and the reality that China has long relied on the West for its core technology was restored. At the time, a group of Chinese Communist Party officials had spoken out through the pro-Beijing Hong Kong media, implicitly criticizing Wang Huning as the head of the propaganda system to mislead the country.
Last year, just after the outbreak of the new virus Hoxsey News pandemic in Wuhan, China, the Wang Huning-held Central Propaganda Department released a propaganda book in late February touting Xi Jinping’s “Great Power War Epidemic” and praising his so-called “great power leader’s sentiments for the people,” which led to a flood of bad reviews. A Beijing citizen, Xue Fumin, even reported Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee in charge of propaganda, saying that he lacked care for the people and should be held politically accountable.
Although Wang Huning has been repeatedly bailed out by Xi Jinping, the CCP’s propaganda department has become a talking point for the international community and Chinese folk.
This time, both Yang Jiechi and other senior diplomats have also been subjected to high-class blackmail.
Yang Jiechi’s phrase “Chinese people don’t eat this” has been ridiculed by mainland netizens who have created sentences. For example, “China does not eat this way of the United States, but only that of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution” and “China does not eat this way of the United States, but that of the 30 million people who died in the three-year famine”.
After the “Chinese don’t eat this way” T-shirts hit the Internet, there were calls for domestic rights activists to wear them to petition. Will the Chinese Communist Party “eat this”?
The current “Boxer Rebellion” boycott of foreign goods is now starting to go wrong. When someone posted videos on Weibo of people “burning Nike sneakers” and “cutting H&M clothes” to vent their anger, a shopping mall removed H&M’s outdoor billboard, and a pinkie in Zhengzhou was taken away by police at the protest site for boycotting H&M with the iron fist of the Chinese Communist Party.
Then came the one responsible for “putting out the fire”, and the Communist Party media began to call for vigilance against the “bad guys” in the boycott trend, who had acted too aggressively.
The South Daily, an organ of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, published an article entitled “Bad guys mixed in with the masses boycotting H&M”, saying, “We should be wary of irrational actions and senior black people who try to muddy the waters while boycotting, so that the effect of boycotting does not backfire”.
Is it the pinkies or the party media? Of course it is the party media itself in the senior black, because the originator is it!
Some netizens say, don’t blindly follow the trend, this is the result of following the party.
In fact, it is not difficult to imagine, ten years ago, anti-Japanese “patriotic” demonstrations, but in the end also by the maintenance of stability. The Chinese Communist Party claims that it wants people to be patriotic, but in reality it does not allow love, and if love makes the Party’s rule unstable, it actually wants you to love the Party. In a country where there are no human rights, no freedom of thought, no freedom of speech, and where even citizens are afraid to petition the government, the nationalist drama is only manipulated by those in power, and when it is time to appear, it is time to disperse.