Prelude to War: China’s Plot For World Domination
The Chinese leader Xi Jinping has declared that in order for China to secure its global influence and dominance it must convince the world of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s financial success and ideological superiority. The CCP is actively working to weaken liberal norms and eliminate human rights protections in order to empower themselves and their authoritarian allies, while gaining total impunity.
Chinese officials and citizens abroad are encouraged and/or coerced to spread propaganda on the virtues of China’s authoritarian model of governance. When that doesn’t work they use other methods of coercion that include economic incentives, blackmail, and intimidation. This strategy is helping spread pro-CCP ideology globally, especially among civil society circles, where CCP loyalists have inserted themselves as prominent voices in academia, science, and media. China is in particular exporting its brand of authoritarian governance in economically strained and/ or developing states and as well as entangling business leaders, academics, officials, and institutions across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the E.U., the U.S., and the U.K. In order to counter China’s plot for global domination we must first understand what China wants, what we are facing, and why. This text is in no shape or form to be used to justify xenophobia or racism against the Chinese diaspora who are the most vulnerable targets of the CCP.
What does China want?
China’s goal is global ideological and economic domination. To achieve that, it is spreading propaganda, expanding information operations, amassing economic and social influence, and sabotaging democratic political systems. The CCP has had a monopoly on power in China since Mao Zedong first obtained control in 1949 after a grueling civil war. The CCP currently has more than ninety million members, not including non Chinese loyalists scattered worldwide. Over 70 percent of the CCP’s members are men. In 2019, more than 42 percent of new members were women. Chinese farmers, herders, and fishermen make up roughly 30 percent of its membership. As China gathers more power and influence the wealth gap between its CCP members is also increasing. While the CCP boasts that it has eliminated poverty nationwide, it has not eliminated its use of slaves, especially Uyghurs, in its manufacturing industries or prevented in keeping an insatiable oligarchy obsessed with currency from rising.
What are we facing?
The CCP does not seek ideological conformity but rather power, security, and global influence. President Xi promotes China’s authoritarian governance as being superior to democratic political systems and seeks to spread “Chinese wisdom” throughout the world as a “contribution to mankind.” Xi speaks of China's prosperity as proof that the path to prosperity does not lead through democracy. Unlike the United States and the fallen Soviet Union, China is currently not spreading its ideology through the installment of authoritarian strongmen or through military conquest. Instead, it promotes itself as “a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence”. Chinese officials commonly speak of the “right” of nations to choose their political systems, often advocating the right of countries to be ruled by nondemocratic regimes. When paired with China’s economic and political measures China's policy reinforces authoritarian regimes and weakens democratic systems around the world.
How it works
The CCP has deployed a series of anti-democratic actions and tools worldwide in order to achieve its goals and control the perception of the party and China. The tactics used include soft coercion, intimidation, blackmail, and bribery. China uses financial means to encourage and support collaborators through opaque and corrupt investment practices. The use of Chinese banks and state-owned enterprises helps launder money and strike legal deals with corrupt individuals who are willing to exchange the well being of their nations for personal gain. China has surrounded itself worldwide with collaborators that include officials, business leaders, media moguls, and others who seek wealth, power, and influence for themselves. The CCP has also targeted and allied itself with organized crime linked oligarchs, dictators, and figureheads; it has helped them amass power by protecting them from civil society and international backlash, and by deploying Chinese technology to repress dissidents and opposition. Among China’s most infamous clients are the Assad regime in Syria and the Junta in Myanmar. Both are fascist authoritarian regimes ruled by wealthy oligarchs linked to organized crime and are behind some of the darkest human rights abuses and war crimes in recent history.
In the democratic world the CCP uses its financial reach and collaborators to intimidate critics of the party. It also controls Chinese-language media worldwide which it uses to spread propaganda and disinformation. It also amplifies the voices of individuals and institutions that promote a positive portrayal of China and closer ties with the party. The CCP threatens dissidents, especially Chinese nationals and their families, spies on and intimidates Chinese students abroad through a vast network of infiltrated CCP agents posing as students and academics, attempt to silence academic discourse that challenges the party narrative, and seeks to control how non-Chinese students are educated about China. In developed countries such as The U.S., Canada, The U.K., France, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and Japan, China has rooted itself through grants, real estate, academic infiltration, and business ties. The CCP offers preferential market access to individuals, governments, academic institutions, and businesses that promote their interests and/or ignore and/or defend its crimes and atrocities. To those outside of China that challenge its interests or question its ongoing genocide of the Uyghers, human rights abuses, and links to organized crimes it retaliates financially. To those within China who challenge the party or its authoritarian system, retaliation can take many forms which include harassment, imprisonment, slavery, and even death.
Since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012, he has consolidated his control over the CCP, becoming the most influential Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Under President Xi, China’s 2018 legislative body ended presidential term limits, giving him a path to rule indefinitely. In 2017, the CCP reaffirmed Xi’s dominance and elevated new officials to support him in setting the agenda for the second-largest economy in the world. Currently the CCP faces several challenges to its power which include slow economic growth, environmental degradation, and anxiety across the so called South China Sea found in the Western Pacific Ocean, as it threatens to invade its neighbors. President Xi in his effort to create Chinese supremacy, both economically and ideologically, has set forward a foreign policy strategy which has increased tensions between China and the democratic world.
A cruel new world
The CCP has been welcomed with open arms across developing countries all over the world. From Bolivia to Uganda, prominent members of business and government look up to China’s authoritarian political model and astronomical economic rise as inspiration for their own ambitions. Elites worldwide resent the use of human rights and international law for partially preventing them from completely crushing dissenters, opposition, and other unwelcome voices. China provides authoritarian elites worldwide, including those sanctioned by the UN, with the espionage tools, weaponry training, and resources they need to crush dissent and ignore international pressure. The criminal Assad regime in Syria for example has evaded international sanctions by receiving Chinese made weaponry and other military aide, alongside barrels of oil and telecoms assistance. The Kim Jong-Un regime in North Korea regularly evades international sanctions with help from Beijing which provides it with trade it needs to survive and military aide. In Myanmar most recently, China has been reportedly helping the illegal junta with espionage and internet censorship tools used to crush pro-democracy protesters.
The CCP recruits and trains foreign governments and officials on how to manipulate public opinion, undermine civil society, and implement authoritarian Cybersecurity policies. China’s training programs have inspired authoritarian leaders worldwide to monitor, control, weaponize, and sabotage social media in their efforts to secure power. They have also drawn inspiration from the CCP to build or install internet shutdown tools to quell protests and build internet firewalls modeled after China’s “Great Firewall” to maintain control on information and prevent organizing. The CCP is also providing surveillance technology and security training to authoritarian regimes, enabling them to better suppress dissent and control their own citizens. This is similar to the Israeli based services, given to democratic countries and authoritarians, which provide invasive surveillance tools to spy on dissenters and journalists; as well as police training to suppress dissent and protests. Across Africa and South America China is becoming a major player in boosting authoritarians and establishment criminals. The CCP regularly gives authoritarian governments training and tools for repression, allowing them to spy citizens, intimidate journalists, control the media, and declaw civil society, and shutdown and/or censor the internet and communications.
The CCP has also made it a priority to target civil society worldwide which includes media, civic groups, journalists, and humanitarian institutions. In its efforts to suppress global dissent and clean up China’s image, the CCP has taken to co-opting and sabotaging civic groups and journalists. In exchange for positive portrayals of China, media and NGOs are given preferential treatment by CCP linked programs, projects, grants, and businesses. Those who write or point out negative reports of China are punished by being blacklisted or shunned. These actions create a situation where civil society groups lose legitimacy and independence. China has also thoroughly infiltrated most international agencies, including the UN and Interpol, through investments, personnel, and sabotage to ensure institutional alignment with CCP interests. Making it harder to combat organized crime, war crimes, corruption, and overall impunity, while allowing authoritarian voices to fill the vacuum of legitimacy. It is also attempting to redefine human rights and our social contracts with our governing bodies, in which political and regional rights outweigh international rights. This re imaging of human rights by China would ultimately enable and justify ethnic cleansing, genocide, and other atrocities as localized and sovereign issues. Those who do not submit to pressure from the CCP are quickly finding themselves outnumbered, often alone, and seen as subversive for going against the new status quo or perceived national interests offered by China.
What’s at stake
The CCP’s plot for global domination presents itself as one of the biggest external challenges to democracy and overall humanity. China is not only on the warpath to subvert democracy but also pervert our global social contract built around human rights which was designed to in theory protect us from the blood lust of tyrants after the second world war. While the weakening of the human rights charter has been underway for more than half a century by despots that go unchallenged or democratic countries such as the United States that violate it with impunity, China’s plot for power aims to outright erase it. What little protection we have on the global stage from authoritarians we can built upon under the current liberal democratic order, however, under an authoritarian world order, as envisoned by China, we are left as nothing more that feudal peasants at the mercy of our new and cruel oligarchs.
We require an aggressive and international effort by the world’s democratic states to protect and rescue vulnerable countries from falling victim to China’s authoritarian plot.
Any effort to combat the CCP’s growing influence and reach must start with cracking down on transnational organized crime, especially that originating from the Golden Triangle and being spearheaded by China linked Triads. Aggressive anti-money laundering measures need to be put in place across North America and Europe to cut off CCP funding. Anti-money laundering measures must include an international crackdown on illicit or suspicious real-estate and luxury asset acquisition across major metropolitan cities such as Vancouver, Canada, San Francisco, U.S., and London, U.K, among many others. A serious inquiry and crackdown on the vast network of Triad linked - Chinese diaspora based businesses used as fronts for human trafficking, such as spas, beauty salons, and general stores is also necessary. Any effort to curb China’s dark money should avoid arousing xenophobic sentiments, which would only serve to distance potential allies and disenfranchised Chinese in diaspora leading them back to the grip of the CCP. Legislation must also be amended to hold Politicians and officials found to be colluding with the CCP judicially accountable. Those actively receiving funds from CCP linked organizations while promoting the party’s interest also need to be subject to transparency measures and held judicially accountable if found complicit.
In order to secure democracy journalism across democratic countries must regain independence from CCP complicit media moguls and sponsors. Civil society must also be given the tools and training to allow complete transparency on the whereabouts of its funding and any CCP linked connections of it’s most vocal members. In order to circumvent China’s financial grip, with the Belt and Road Initiative, on financially strained countries, wealthy democratic countries must provide, corruption free, infrastructure development. Accountability and an end to impunity for officials, royals, and wealthy individuals residing in democratic countries must also gain priority to counter China’s narrative of western hypocrisy and instability. Democracy, justice, and human rights must regain global appeal and civil society must be strengthened. At the international level, China must be ousted and isolated from leadership roles in conferences and institutions designed to shape trade, economy, technology, and human rights.
Prelude to war
Today we stand on the precipice of a new international conflict in the Pacific. While China is not seeking to rule internationally under one party its multi-faceted attack on democracy has enabled and emboldened authoritarian leaders worldwide to reject human rights, democracy, and justice. China is quickly building its military into a force that will be on par with the United States military, while giving no signs of military adventurism, outside of background support for authoritarian dictators crushing democratic revolts. China has also stepped up its war rhetoric with CCP media declaring China would use nuclear warheads against Japan if it interfered in its affairs. A video circulating CCP channels promised, “We will use nuclear bombs first. We will use nuclear bombs continuously. We will do this until Japan declares unconditional surrender for the second time.” In separate threats China has also been menacing violent retaliation against Australia over trade. China is also threatening its neighbors with invasion as it hopes to swallow the entirety of the South China Sea, meanwhile, further inland for countries sharing land borders China has built a network of Dams it can use to flood communities or dry up river beds triggering food insecurity and starvation. Currently some democratic states have sent naval assets to the Pacific to curtail CCP expansionist actions however without serious moves at home China grows bolder and stronger. Ultimately if China’s plot is not stopped and democracy is not reinforced the countdown to military confrontation at a global scale is underway.