THE WEST (The Greater Good)

This blog has been released on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of United Nations. The significance of the event was to create a union of member states who were committed to maintaining peace and security within the world. From there, the framework of the United Nations would evolve. China was one of the original 26 signatories.

Why mention ‘the west’ at all in a project about Genocide in China? The opening segment of Transmission 6-10 mentions the three key spheres of Politics, Economics and Media. Since the conclusion of WWII (and the creation of the United Nations), the dawning of the technological age and the proliferation of capitalism, very few countries remain isolated from international consular interaction, economic trade and the media which reports on the two – and more…or rather should do.

Furthermore, western democracies (in particular the United States of America) have placed themselves on pedestals of exemplary freedom…championing their ideology in diplomacy, conflict and the court of public opinion (the arena which most interests T610).

The blogging of Phase 2 has become complicated by the fact that so many subject matters interact with one another (a web of information for the informational world wide web). With this said, the following blog (and this rings true for all others) will be an introduction to The West, to be fleshed out with references to other blogs as and when they are released.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Relations with China (we are chiefly talking about with the USA here) thawed during the Cold War (1945-1991), when Richard Nixon brought the Mainland in to the fold from its self-imposed frozen isolation. In the early 1970s China was seen as the perfect ally (despite wars with other communist nations e.g. Korea and Vietnam, against the frostbite bitter enemy that was the USSR. Chairman Mao (whom the West were already aware was a tyrannical dictator) met with the then US President. It was the first time that diplomatic ties had been established between the two. Since then, nothing has changed. Nixon hated Communism, but he saw an opportunity to maintain world peace. Subsequent presidents have huffed and puffed about this that and the other grievance they have with the way the nation of China is managed by its unelected government, but, apart from a year of sanctions post-Tiananmen Square Massacre, never have any political muscles been flexed in their direction. Well, considering most meetings take place behind closed doors, one can only assume that bare-chested brazened brawn pumped squaring off has taken place between the two Titans of the modern world.

The Cold War was a very long engaged standoff, which engulfed the entire globe. The USSR sought to spread communism, and the West (primarily the USA) did everything they could to prevent that. Two ideologies were battling it out. Both had huge and technologically advanced nuclear military might. Fortunately neither were stupid enough to press the red button…fingers merely hovered menacingly over them.

The colonies of former empires were up for grabs in South America and Africa. What better way to curry favour with a nation than to supply them with weapons (a practice still popular today – nutrition, medication and education might have helped prevent many an atrocity and conflict since).

Previous to when Nixon met Mao, China (the Mainland) had allied itself with the USSR, which meant that the USA was allied with Taiwan. That all changed. The Sino-Soviet Split flipped China’s alliance over to the USA, which maintained ties (and arm sales) with Taiwan. The reason for the estranged relations between China and the USSR came down to a divergence in ideological interpretation of Marxism. Despite the Cold War, the USSR was contemplating a world where capitalism and communism coexisted. China, under Chairman Mao, saw only the eventual domination of his own political thought…Maoism. Strange then that the USSR continued to conflict with the US, and China became friends with “the land of the free”!

Two bullies on the playground were no-longer bullying from the same perspective. The USA saw an opportunity as much as China did, when it came to cosying up against the USSR. Sparing would continue for many years between all three super-powers because none of them saw eye to eye with the other. You could say that the Cold War led to Cold Fusion (which is itself a theory that defies conventional understanding and yet could be the answer to many a problem).

CURRENTLY

So we live in a world where everyone is seemingly happily coexisting. The communists (with capitalist traits) do business with the capitalists (with fascist traits – that will be explained in a future blog) whilst former communist nations trade with everyone and anyone. Wars are now fought for raw materials more than they are over ideologies (smaller nations still squabble over land – there will always be those who want more).

Trade has become the biggest link between The West and China over the last decade. It is a relationship with which everyone (well, nearly) is happy. China produces products at remarkably cheap rates, due to their massive (and massively under paid – the unhappy) labour force, and we buy it all (very happily). It is a win-win situation. Leading economies have become so symbiotic that one props up another, which props up the other. 2008 showed what a house of cards has been built when the US economy nearly imploded. Had China called in its lending to the United States, the USA would have gone in to financial meltdown. This would, however, have had a negative impact on the Chinese economy also, as China very much relies on an income from exports to the US. This does not stop China from dangling a particularly harmful threat in the face of any US action which it takes displeasure to (most China related headlines include a reference to them not being thrilled about something). The other side of the coin being that whenever the US hints at displeasure with China (the times they mention human rights), the threat is ushered.

If China sold its ownership of US National Debt (not all at once) the theory is as follows:

“It’s more likely that China would slowly begin selling off its Treasury holdings. Even when it just warns that it plans to do so, dollar demand starts to drop. This hurts China’s competitiveness, as it raises its export prices, so U.S. consumers start buying U.S.-made products instead. China must further expand its exports to other Asian countries, and increase domestic demand, before it can call in its U.S. debt holdings.”

Hillary Clinton famously stated “How do you deal toughly with your banker?”.

T610 does not quite understand this. With so much of what the West consumes being manufactured in China, how would it be possible for Westerners to then simply purchase everything from the US or even the EU when they are not currently being manufactured there? Example. Our beloved Apple products. Not really very logical is it. So let us pretend that exports from China rise in price, to the point where it is no-longer economically practical to manufacture there (considering the shipping involved etc). Would this not lead to greater manufacturing taking place outside of China (in more affluent nations or in some other poor nation plundered for its cheap ‘people power’). With metals, minerals, woods and plastics (derived from oil, which is largely imported) being the primary raw materials in manufacturing, China remains competitive.

MILITARY MIGHT

The rise of China’s armed forces has alarmed most observers. More alarmingly, they are still about 20 years behind the US in terms of their utilised technology and numbers of mechanical war mongering machines. They only dwarf the USA in terms of personnel (some twice as many). If push came to shove, the US (in this make believe war the use of chemical and nuclear weapons has been switched off) would easily win. Especially with their superior number of allies and strategic placement. Why would these two juggernauts ever go to war with each other when everything seems so comfortably dependent?

THE MEDIA

Western media’s role in the persecution of Falun Gong should be one of accurate reporting, so as to inform the world about the atrocities which are occurring in China. However, the reporting has been minimal at best (just go to the BBC website and search for Falun Gong or Falun Dafa), and is very rarely accurate. The news that does filter out is more often than not nothing more than spin, or even propaganda. This phenomenon has made it that much harder for practitioners of Falun Gong to inform the public themselves – they have found themselves in the unenviable position of not only having to stand up to the all powerful CCP in China, but engage in acts of counter-spin and counter-propaganda in the West…just to try and save lives!

As The Media will become a blog in its own right (later this year) the most important thing to note here is that mainstream media is not as free from political and financial influence as you would hope that it is. Put simply, the process of governing a nation in the modern era has become so infused with economics that in order to stay in power, political parties are aligned with media outlets. In turn, these businesses (and that is what they are…their main concern being that of profit making rather than reporting) rely heavily on advertising to fund their operations. A large number of these advertisers (and indeed the media outlets themselves – check out Rupert Murdoch’s empire) do business in China. Think back to Hillary Clinton’s quote and it quickly becomes obvious that to run story after story about the horrors of Genocide in Mainland China will lead to advertisers feeling pressured to disassociate themselves with the media in which their products are placed.

The internet, of course, is a massive resource of information, yet we still rely heavily upon our media to tell us what is happening in the world. We have come to believe that their reports are accurate and without bias. Neither of these things are true and never has a story made such a scenario so glaringly apparent than in the Falun Gong story. Project T610 should NOT be one of the most comprehensive sources for information…it should be the likes of CNN, the BBC, The Times etc etc!

Even issues which relate directly with Falun Gong, such as the case of abducted and tortured lawyer Gao Zhisheng and human rights campaigner Hu Jia, make no mention of the persecution.

Considering the amount of evidence which has been put forward to the media, governments and the United Nations, it can only be surmised that they simply do not want to talk about the subject – there are explanations for this, which will be divulged throughout the blogging of 2013.

THE UN

With many an affiliate such as the World Trade Organisation, World Health Organisation and World Psychiatric Association having evidence submitted to them, along with voiced concerns by diplomats, member states etc etc, you would expect that the United Nations has played a major role in ensuring that the Genocide in China be ended immediately. Almost 14 years since the persecution began, the UN have hardly begun to fulfil their obligations to support and safeguard the rights of Falun Gong practitioners to live in peace – this abject apathy has played a major role in the deaths of an unknown number of human beings. It is completely unforgivable, and so, you guessed it, the UN will be getting its very own blog in the not too distant future.

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To summarise, for now, the Western involvement does not end with the above. To be included, for when this blog is concluded, are human rights organisations and the International Olympic Committee.

Over the coming years, T610 will endeavour to complete blogs on the great many subjects which comprise the story of Falun Gong. As so many of these subject matters overlap one another, previously posted blogs will have to be tweaked so as to limit the duplication of information. Links between them all will be created so that the reader (you) can easily navigate from one subject to another. The final result will be a comprehensive thesis about the persecution of Falun Gong…something which was not possible within the constraints of creating the documentary.

Once Phase 2 of Project T610 has been completed, informing others will take priority. You can start that yourselves right now, by informing others about Transmission 6-10 and encourage them to watch the documentary.

Related to:

Blog: What is Falun Gong

Blog: Nothing New Since Nixon Met Mao

Missing Fragment: East Meets West