Dan O'Heirity

The Idea of the West Is Under Attack by China

A while back I shifted my attention in these posts from reporting only on Covid to taking a closer look at China and at the American presidential election. I said at the time that “everything is connected” by which I meant that the world order is changing as a result of Covid, China’s increasing belligerence, and Trumps insanity that is dividing America and undermining the very idea of democracy. Today I came across a fascinating story from ABC News that helped my thoughts to coalesce. The first part of the story reflects on 9/11 and Bin Laden and makes the argument that Islamic terrorism is an attack on the very idea of the West and that 9/11 shattered the West’s faith in the idea of “progress”, of the world moving inexorably forward to a more enlightened state. There is also an argument that Islamic terrorism is both a war against the West and at the same time a war for the soul of Islam. And so we come to China. To quote in full, “One of the world’s leading analysts of political Islam, Olivier Roy, points out jihadism is a youth-dominated movement that draws inspiration from the Chinese cultural revolution”. But that is not the point that I want to make. Whilst I am certainly not a political expert, it seems to me that China is not just trying to dominate the world through political, economic, or military means. It is not just about controlling the world stage, or dominating in trade or grabbing islands in the South China Sea. China’s current mindset is more about bringing about “eroding the very virtues the West was built on”. China’s aim is quite simple. Beijing wants to institute its authoritarian regime across the world. Thus, whilst it may well be true that, “Terrorism and coronavirus have altered the nature of freedom, eroding the very virtues the West was built on” we should be watching what Beijing is doing with the point in mind that Beijing wants to bring an end to the idea of Western democracy.

Trump Has Helped China to Achieve Its Aim of Undermining Democracy

I have written on many occasions that in my opinion Trump is certifiably mad. But there has been method to his madness. His barrage of lawsuits contesting the American election were all doomed to fail. However, Trump managed to divide America and undermine people’s faith in democratic processes. Millions of American’s believe that Biden’s win is not legitimate, that the election was somehow rigged on a massive scale to make sure that Trump did not win. The very idea is ridiculous. Can you imagine the scale of coordinated fraud that would have to happened in order for election results to be rigged for Biden. What group of people could possibly coordinate a campaign of that magnitude? If you want to watch a sober analysis of Trump’s attempts to undermine the electoral process then take a look at this video from CNN with Don Lemon telling us that Trump “piled crazy on top of crazy on top of crazy”. Lemon also makes reference to the “insane clown posse” saying that there were so many of them.

Lemon’s commentary on the various videos of Trump is absolutely perfect. He knows when to stay silent in order to allow Trump’s absurdity to speak for itself and he knows when to laugh because really there is just nothing that can be said about the insanity that is Trump. If you want to see more of the insanity then take a look at Trump praising his own achievements during his New Years’ Eve address. Honestly, he is completely unhinged. Honestly, he talks about having “defeated the China virus” when as of today the United States has recorded 20,904,701 confirmed cases of Covid-19 along with 358,682 deaths. Defeated. Trump must have a different understanding of the meaning of that word. Trump also says that “we built the wall” meaning the border wall with Mexico. The thing is that the wall is nowhere near complete and Biden has said that he will not continue with the project. I could continue but I shall follow Lemon’s strategy and allow Trump’s lunacy to speak for itself.

Australia May Be a Small Country but It Is Standing Up to China

Trump has damaged not just democratic processes in the United States but also the very idea democracy. As I have said, millions of Americans believe that the election was rigged and as such they no longer have faith in the idea of democracy. Meanwhile Australia, a country with just 25 million people has been standing up to China throughout 2021. I have written on many occasions about the reasons that China is upset with Australia and I am not going to do so again in this post. If you want an overview of China Australia relations during 2020 then you can take a look at this ABC News story. The point that I want to make here is that China is attempting to impose its authoritarian world view on Australia. Beijing wants Australia to behave in ways that do not “offend China” which includes Australia press not writing derogatory stories about China. Note the hypocrisy in that the Chinese press has written utterly reprehensible stories about Australia during 2020. That point aside, I would say that the fact of Australia standing up to China is not a story just about China Australia relations. Rather, Australia’s continuing resolve is a story that should tell the rest of the free world how to respond to Chinese bullying. To give in to China would be to tell Beijing that the West can be coerced into behaving as China wishes the West to behave. And that can never happen because the moment any Western country gives in to China, Beijing wins. Sure, the Australian economy is going to hurt in the short term but in the longer terms we will find new markets for our goods and services and we will overcome our trade dependency on China. Australia has humiliated China by refusing to kowtow and we must continue to humiliate Beijing. Who knows, we may even manage to undermine Xi Jinping’s leadership. After all, does China want a leader who cannot bring a tiny island to heal.

First Published 3rd January, 2021

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