China’s Friends and Enemies

China has neither as many friends nor as many enemies as CCP apologists would have it. Many of the friends are only friends as long as the economic statistics look great. And many of those called enemies by the CCP and its propaganda aren’t really enemies – they are a lame excuse, but efficient, when many Chinese and foreign people who feel that they depend on the party’s benevolence suffer from Stockholm syndrome.

Why do so many CCP apologists believe in big numbers of friends and enemies? Those with big egos may believe in these because it inflates their egos even further.

And those who feel uneasy about the CCP’s human rights abuses –  but do not want to face the inconvenient facts – need to silence their conscience.

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6 Comments to “China’s Friends and Enemies”

  1. Who would these foreign people who suffer from Stockholm Sindrome be? I don’t think there are many outside of China who think the depend on the Party’s benevolence.

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  2. I don’t think there are many outside of China who think the depend on the Party’s benevolence.

    I’d have thought likewise – until quite a number of years ago. A visit to the Chinese consulate in Hamburg was an eye-opener, as far as I’m concerned.

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  3. I had a look at your post on your visite to the consulate. To be honest I’m not convinced. I suppose most of those Germans who didn’t pick up the leaflet were simply afraid of not being given a visa if the Chinese consulate’s cameras identified them doing so. An understandable fear. In theory China has no jurisdiction over what happens outside their consulate. In practice they can deny you a visa anyway. Most of those people probably felt uneasy about the situation too, and realized how absurd it all is. Of course there are some Westerners who act like spokespeople for Beijing, but they are few and fare between.

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  4. An understandable fear.

    Absolutely. But that’s exactly the point, isn’t it? Self-censorship among correspondents who invested a lot in their career would gbe understandable, too. So is Stockholm syndrome.

    I hope it is obvious that I didn’t mean “Stockholm syndrome” literally; there is a difference between fearing for a good deal of your business revenues/income, or fearing for your life. But many – literal – hostages, and many people depending on a Chinese visa will find all kinds of rationalizations for avoiding anything that might “provoke” the “benefactor”.

    Rationalization is a pretty normal thing to reconcile personal standards or values with life in the “real world”. But sometimes, such a conflict gets into some kind of flashlight. I think that in this context, the Falun Gong propaganda (or happening, or whatever) made perfect sense. It is one thing to decline a discussion. To actually run away reveals a problem.

    I’m describing my personal impressions, and obviously, I’m not a mentalist. But whatever you say, you can’t talk the perception out of me that those who ran away would rather blame her, than the PRC authorities, for their predicament. She didn’t threaten them. She did nothing illegal, and nothing illegitimate.

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  5. I see what you’re saying, but I would personally assume that most of the people who ran away from her would blame the Chinese government for the whole situation. In my experience, the more contact Westerners have with China, the more negative they become about its government and system. But that might just be the sort of people I associate with.

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