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The United States That Has Been Demonized Versus Its Real Relationship with China

{Editor’s Note: A Chinese blogger realized that the general public in China has probably been misled about the U.S., as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been demonizing it for many years. Therefore, she published an article to explain to the Chinese people what the true America is like and how the U.S. has long been helping China.

“Some may ask why (the government) would want to demonize the U.S. It is not because of what the U.S. has done, but because the U.S. and the existence of its system present a sharp contrast to those who are without shame. Demonizing the U.S. serves to fool the Chinese people into believing that their master is Great, Glorious and Correct.”

The article on her Weibo (mini blog) account is no longer available, but one can find it on some other sites. The following is a translation of her blog.} {1}

The Chinese Have Been Misled on Issues about the U.S.

Yesterday, I chatted with an old friend that I had not seen for a while. He first condemned the rampant corruption. Then he stated that the only thing that he was proud of was that China finally has aircraft carriers because that means that the U.S. cannot bully China. He blasted the U.S. for its persistent attempts to destroy China and dominate the world, and for invading Iraq solely for its oil.

I am perplexed. If I had not chatted with him face to face, I would have taken him to be one of the “fifty cents (wu mao) party” {2} persons on the Internet. When I told him about U.S. oil imports, my friend was surprised.

The U.S. consumes the largest amount of oil in the world. It is also the largest oil importer. People previously thought that the Middle East was its main source of oil and that Saudi Arabia was its largest supplier. In fact, Canada supplies the largest amount of oil to the U.S., 2.7 times the oil from Saudi Arabia. Mexico ranks the second and Saudi Arabia is the third. The Middle East supplies about 17 percent of U.S. oil imports. The U.S. and Canada share more than 2,000 kilometers of unguarded border. Canadians actually are not afraid of such a “lustful, overbearing and arrogant” neighboring country.

(If the Americans really wanted more oil, they could just) move troops to (Canada) and plug in the oil pipe to take the oil back home, which would be much easier than fighting in Iraq.

Talking to wu mao online can be irritating. They are always confused in their logic. When you say (to a wu mao) that Americans have adopted a large number of Chinese orphans, he would respond that Americans have killed Iraqi civilians. If you say everyone is equal in the U.S., he would say the U.S. had slaves yesterday.

I used to think that the wu mao online were ignoring the good side of the U.S. and picking on its bad side on purpose. After this exchange with my friend, I realized that they may indeed not understand (the U.S.) after all. So I may have been wrong (in assuming that they are purposely confused in their logic). Well, let me have a heart-to-heart talk with wu mao about the U.S. that they have found disgusting.

The fifth President of the U.S., President Monroe, enunciated the cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy that was later called the “Monroe Doctrine.” Its core idea was opposing European colonialism in the Americas, supporting Latin American state independence, and the U.S. not interfering with affairs in Europe. The Monroe era was an era of power where power expanded via colonization. Objectively, the Monroe Doctrine put an end to the American colonial era. It is hard to imagine that Latin American countries could have gained independence (easily) without the hard-line stance of the U.S.

For the U.S.’ not to use force against Cuba embodies a basic principle of the U.S. foreign policy, which is to maintain the territorial integrity of sovereign countries and safeguard world peace. All American wars in modern times have not been for territory and interests, but for justice. There are three reasons for the U.S. to send in troops: first, some country invaded other countries and destroyed the world order; second, a humanitarian disaster took place and needed intervention; and third, the national security of the U.S. territory was threatened.

In 1994, members of the Hutu majority government of Rwanda committed genocide against the Tutsi, killing 800,000 people. The U.S. did not intervene in a timely manner and thus African countries reviled it: “Are the lives of a few hundred U.S. soldiers more important than the lives of hundreds of thousands of black people?” President Clinton went to Rwanda to apologize and express regret.

The U.S. did not kill those people. It just didn’t interfere in other country’s internal affairs. What kind of crime did the U.S. commit? Well, if you have the ability to stop a crime but you do not do it, you have committed a crime. Only the U.S. submits itself to such a high code of conduct.

Throughout History, the U.S. Has Always Helped China

In China’s Qing Dynasty, the U.S. was the first to pressure the Qing government to implement freedom of religion. The U.S. sent a large number of missionaries to China and spent a lot of manpower and funds to build many schools. While other countries sent troops, the U.S. sent missionaries; while other countries took money (from China), the U.S. put in money. The U.S. built a total of 13 universities, including Yenching University, St. John’s University, Qilu University, Jinling University, Soochow University, Shanghai University, Huaxi Union University, and Lingnan University.

Li Hongzhang shared his experience in diplomacy with Korean Princess Min Fei, “You should rely more on the U.S. The U.S. is different from other foreign countries. It is reasonable and has credibility.” Zeng Guofan, Li Hongzhang’s teacher said, “The American people are very honest, and treat China fairly.”

Following the Boxer Rebellion, the defeated Chinese Qing Government paid 450 million taels of fine silver as indemnity to the eight Western countries involved. The U.S. was to receive over 30 million taels. Later the U.S. Congress determined that China overpaid the U.S. and decided to return the excess. Both China and the U.S. agreed and the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship Program was established with the excess of the Box Rebellion indemnity money. The program set up the Qinghua Preparation School to prepare Chinese students to study in the U.S. It sent at least 100 students to study at the U.S. every year until the excess funds were exhausted. Hu Shi, Mei Yiqi, Zhao Yuanren, and Zhu Kezhen were all students who benefitted from the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship Program.

The U.S. honestly returned the extra Boxer indemnity money and built Tsinghua University, Shanxi University, Concord Hospital, and Concord Medical School in China. Meanwhile, Britain, France and other countries took home the Boxer indemnity money to develop their own economy. The U.S. believed that there must be other countries that were also overpaid. It exerted pressure on Britain, France, and Japan to return the excess. Finally, those countries reluctantly returned or waived part of the indemnity.

After World War I, almost all of the victorious powers participated in the Treaty of Versailles of 1919 to re-divide colonies, but we did not see the U.S. carved up any for itself. On the contrary, the U.S. led the Nine-Power Treaty of 1922 on China’s issues and put forward a policy of “opening up to China.” Article 1 of the treaty read “The Contracting Powers, other than China, agree:  (I) To respect the sovereignty, the independence, and the territorial and administrative integrity of China …” {3}

In the early days of World War II, to keep its strength in China and avoid confrontation with the U.S., Japan proposed a plan for major powers to carve up the world. The plan divided the world into the Great East Asian circle Co-Prosperity Sphere, the European Sphere, the American Sphere and the Soviet Sphere. Among them, the Great East Asian Sphere was naturally under Japan and the American Sphere under the U.S. On this basis, Japan also proposed sharing the Pacific hegemony with the U.S. to ensure the interests of the U.S. in China.

The U.S. categorically rejected the proposal and demanded that Japan cease and desist from its aggression against China! After the Japanese invasion of China, the U.S. imposed economic sanctions against Japan to prohibit exports of scrap and aviation oil to Japan. The U.S. increased loans and assistance to China including three loans in the amounts of $50 million, $100 million, and $200 million, respectively. Further, the U.S. imposed a comprehensive embargo on shipments of oil, iron, steel, and other war materials to Japan so that the Japanese war machine could not run. The U.S. insisted that Japan must withdraw its troops from China and give up all the rights and interests that Japan had plundered since the Sino-Japanese War.

On the eve of the Pearl Harbor attack, at the Japanese Emperor’s imperial meeting, the Japanese warlords determined that, given that the war in China was stuck in a swamp, that the Americans had disrupted its war supplies, and that there was no hope to reconcile with the U.S., it would be the equivalent of waiting to die if Japan were to maintain the status quo. As a result, they decided to launch the war against the U.S. If the U.S., for the sake of its own interest, had not taken action against Japan or only verbally expressed regrets and asked for self-restraint, Japan would not have taken the risk of attacking the U.S.

Japan’s first intelligence chief Okazaki Kazuhiko said, “Both Germany and Japan mistakenly assessed the situation. They did not understand this country of the U.S.” When it comes to war, the U.S. never based its decisions on the trade-offs of its interests or gains versus losses, but instead always based them on morals and the values of its people.” Kissinger said,” The U.S. believes that power diplomacy is immoral. The U.S.’ standards for international relations are: democracy, group security, and national self-determination.”

In 1941, Chennault, with secret support from the Roosevelt Administration, recruited American pilots and mechanics to set up the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), also known as the “Flying Tigers.” Valiantly and in high spirits, they came to China to “support China against Japan.” In 31 air battles, they used their only available 5 to 20 planes to destroy a total of 217 enemy planes, with a loss of only 14 planes. Four pilots were killed in the air, one killed while strafing, and one taken prisoner. {4} The Chinese people will always remember these brave American young men.

Back in the 1940s, Even the CCP Praised the U.S.

Now let’s take a look at how the CCP, the boss who pays the wu mao, evaluated the U.S. at that time:

On July 4, 1943 (American Independence Day), Xinhua News published an editorial titled “Ode to democracy.” “From a young age, we have felt that the U.S. is a particularly amiable country. We believe that this is not only because she did not take any land from China and she did not launch an aggressive war against China; more fundamentally, the Chinese people’s goodwill towards the U.S. originated from the democratic spirit that emanated from the American character.”

“Every year on this day, every good and honest person in the world feels joyful and glorious; since the birth of this new country in the world, democracy and science have taken root in the new free world. For one hundred sixty seven years, every day and night, even from the darkest corners of the earth, one can see the light of the torch of the Statue of Liberty. It warms up all who are suffering and makes them feel the world has hope.” Excerpt from Xinhua Daily editorial on July 4, 1943.

“In China, every pupil knows the honesty of (George) Washington, and every middle school student knows of Lincoln’s impartiality and empathy and Jefferson’s broad=mindedness and sincerity. These brilliant names are already a symbol of all the virtues of our land. … It is they who have built up the Great Wall in the spiritual field where we do not have a democratic tradition, that enable us to resist the fascist thoughts of today effectively.” Excerpt from Xinhua Daily editorial on July 4, 1943.

“Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln in the U.S. have already done the work that our Communists (in China) are doing. Our Communists will surely get and (actually) have already gotten empathy from the democratic America. The U.S. is working hard to help China’s resistance in the anti-Japan War and in China’s democratic movement. We are grateful to it. Today as we celebrate the American National Day, we believe that our struggle can get only one result – victory.” Excerpt from Xinhua Daily editorial on July 4, 1943.

“Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin, the great socialist thinkers and activists, have always given high remarks when evaluating the U.S.’ obtaining democracy via battle (the War of Independence) and its progressive effect on world history. The U.S.’ democracy via battle has its glorious historical tradition. … Lenin said that this was one of the ‘greatest wars of true liberation and genuine revolution’ in history.” Excerpt from Xinhua Daily editorial of July 4, 1943.

Wu mao friends, are you surprised? Do you believe this is what your boss (the CCP) said at that time?

 The U.S. Is a Country That Truly Cares about Its People

China is the largest creditor of the U.S. So wu mao friends believe that if China had not lent money to the U.S., that country would have been finished. Well, since the U.S. opposes us on every issue, why don’t we take our money back to build Hope schools and improve people’s livelihood? Why do we still lend money to the U.S.? Doesn’t this mean that we are not able to tell enemies from friends?  In addition, even if you want to lend money, you have to find a country with good credit. With so many countries in the world, don’t you think the U.S. has the best credit? (To understand these questions,) wu mao friends, you need an in-depth understanding of the U.S.

Demolition of the downtown area in Chinese cities has become a means by which those who have power plunder the core resources of a city. They drive the poor out of the old downtown in the name of the renovation of downtown. Money and power redefine the boundaries of the city. The rich live in the city, and the poor live outside the city. This blatantly tramples fairness and justice. The city should belong to every one of us, and everyone has the right to live and make a living in it.

In many large American cities, the modern central business district is next to a dirty mess of an old downtown. Because of the convenience, more and more poor people settle downtown. They drive the rich to the suburbs to enjoy green fields. This is the right of equality – no one uses money or power to drive the poor away.

In Los Angeles, highway I-710 suddenly ends due to local Pasadena residents’ strong opposition to its extension. Every few years, there is a public hearing, but the extension has never passed. Local residents are concerned that the highway extension would drag down the value of their homes. So the city council has not approved the extension. Extending the road is for the public interest; not extending it protects the interests of local residents. Under the principle of respecting private property, private interests have not been violated for the sake of the public interest.

The City of New London, Connecticut wanted to take over the real property that Susette Kelo owned as part of a city redevelopment plan. Kelo refused to move, and sued the city. The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case and decided the city won. However, the city did not bulldoze Kelo’s home. Instead, the city moved the house to the city’s center and paid Kelo a large sum as compensation. The lawsuit lasted five years. During that period, Kelo who blocked the demolition lived in the house without harassment and continued to have power and water. The private developer, who could not afford the delay, abandoned the redevelopment project.

The U.S. also has government-owned companies. They only do things that people do not want to do and are not profitable but somehow must be done. Leaving money-making businesses to the people and carrying the burden of the non-profitable government-owned companies is the social responsibility of elected governments. In China, it is just the opposite. If a line of business does not make money, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) will dump it as a burden, regardless whether it is right to keep that business (for the sake of society). If a line of business makes money, SOEs will grab it and prohibit others from doing it. We might be better off without SOEs.

In the U.S., anyone can start a television station, but the government cannot. In the U.S., you can find all kinds of newspapers and magazines, but you cannot find newspapers or magazines that a political party owns. In the U.S., anyone can have extra-marital affairs, but government officials cannot. In the U.S., anyone can keep his income confidential, but the income of government officials must be disclosed to the public. In the U.S., people are free to live, breathe, and express dissatisfaction. In the U.S., only the government does not have freedom and is kept in a cage.

The American media also speak about being politically correct. The media cannot swear at African Americans or any ethnic minorities, cannot make religious jokes, cannot make jokes about women, cannot make jokes about the handicapped, and cannot even make jokes about people who are overweight. In short, it is dangerous for you to ridicule a person or a civil organization. However, it is safe to denigrate the U.S. President. Ridiculing the U.S. government won’t bring you trouble either. U.S. talk shows often criticize the President and his government.

China Central Television (CCTV) fiercely criticizes and slams rumors on the Internet. The U.S. almost never refutes rumors. It did not even refute the vicious rumor that the Americans committed the tragedy on September 11 (meaning they would have sent the planes themselves). The U.S. did not clarify, criticize, or prohibit the rumor. On the contrary, it allowed the rumor to spread freely. Of course, rumor-mongers do not worry that they will be caught. In fact, rumors cannot create harm when the truth is open to the public. Only a place that hides the truth is afraid of rumors.

We know from common sense that those who blame others for being selfish are often selfish themselves. Those who fault other countries for pursuing their interests often seek their own interests. Those who say that there are no good people in the world are often not good people themselves. Those who say there is no justice in the world often do not uphold justice.

A netizen posted a story on the Internet. He had met an American couple on the plane from the U.S. to China. They were coming to China to adopt a child.

He said, “You’d better make your own pick, because many children are handicapped.”

“We are going to adopt a handicapped child,” they replied, “because it is easy for healthy children to find a home, but not easy for handicapped ones.”

They took time and spent money, coming a long way, just to bring back a mentally retarded child. Could they have any “ulterior agenda?” {5} I know I could not do what they did.

Some Chinese netizens have said, “The whole world knows that the U.S. did not fight Iraq for oil, but only wu mao do not know; the whole world knows that Osama bin Laden was the enemy of mankind, but only wu mao do not know; the whole world knows that unrestrained power will for certain lead to corruption, but only wu mao do not know; the whole world knows that eating is to live and living is not to eat, but only wu mao do not know; the whole world knows that humankind has abandoned communism, but only wu mao do not know.”

Wu mao friends, do you really not know?

A Split Personality: Criticizing the U.S. While Wanting to Stay There

On the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Phoenix TV interviewed a college student. On the video recording, at the 1 minute 18 seconds point, Phoenix TV asked: “How do you view September 11?” The student replied: “I was happy about it because America engages in hegemonism.”

At the 2 minutes 20 seconds point, the student said that whoever challenged the U.S. was a hero.

At the 20 minutes 48 seconds point, the student said, “I like the U.S. and am leaving right now to go to school there to study mining.”

Phoenix TV then asked: “What is your plan for the future?”

“If I can find a way to stay there, I will not come back (to China)!” replied the student.
This is the reality of how the Chinese think after decades of the government’s brainwashing, propaganda, and education. Many people admire the U.S.; yet at the same time are jealous of it. They denounce the U.S.; yet at the same time dream about immigrating to the U.S. They criticize American hegemony; yet at the same time they aspire to dominate the world themselves. This is typical of schizophrenia.

Comparing the U.S. and China

Rui Chenggang, a former CCTV reporter who was taken down on corruption charges, once boldly ridiculed Ambassador Gary Locke, saying that Locke flew economy class instead of business class because the U.S. owed too much money to China. Actually, many people do not understand why China lends money to the U.S.

In fact, it is not lending to the U.S. but rather depositing money in the U.S. Why do we deposit our money in the U.S.? It is because it is the best bank, it has the best credit, and it offers us the highest interest rate. Do we have any concerns that the bank will default and not pay our money back? Of course not, because that bank has never closed down. If we had any concern, we would have already taken our money out.

Then, why do we blame the U.S.? Because blaming the U.S. is needed. Who needs it? The Communist Party needs it.

Our CCTV Channel 4 is available in the U.S. to anyone; advertising that shows our country’s image is displayed in Times Square for all to see; our Confucius Institutes are established all over the U.S.; our national flag flies freely in the U.S.; our “red” songs (praising the communist party) are played in the White House; our anti-American patriotic parade can be held anywhere in the U.S.; our “China can say no” can be spoken freely in the U.S.; and our book “China is not Happy” can be printed freely in the U.S.

In China, however, we need to block a lot of Western things such as Western values, Western hostile forces, Western hegemonism, and Western cultural aggression. Our Internet firewall is the most advanced in the world.

Yet we have never heard that the West needs to resist oriental values, oriental hostile forces, and oriental cultural aggression. Our CCTV Channel 4 can land in the U.S. Our movie “The Beginning of the Great Revival” (showing the history of how the CCP was established in China) can be shown in the U.S. This shows a truth. Where there is freedom, there is no need for a blockade.

CCTV reports every day that roadside bombs explode in Iraq and that the U.S. soldiers are attacked. However, CCTV will never tell the Chinese people that under Saddam Hussein, in 2002, Iraq had a population of 24 million, and the per capita GDP was only $625. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s per capita GDP in 2008 reached $2,989 and in 2010, the population reached 34 million with a per capita GDP of $3,758.

In the U.S., a major accident can change history. On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out at Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. 146 men and women workers died. Most of them were 16 to 23 year old girls; the youngest was only 14 years old. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire not only prompted the U.S. to pass a law requiring improved factory safety standards for sweat shops, but later was written into the American middle school history textbooks and became part of modern American mainstream values: the value of life is greater than wealth.

The National Museum of History exhibits the whites–only lunch counter at Woolworth’s in the 1960s to ensure Americans remember the shame of the country. It also displays exhibits from the war against the Indians, the American Civil War, Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s atomic bomb, and conflicts with Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and others. This is the Americans’ attitude towards history: Tell the truth of history to Americans and let them judge what is right and wrong. It shows the country’s confidence and candor.

The U.S. Constitution is not principles written on paper to fool people, but principles that are used as the basis for prosecution and judicial judgments. Laws that violate the Constitution will be declared null and void; court decisions that violate the Constitution will be overturned; and government actions that violate the Constitution will be investigated.

In its decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court safeguards each right written in the Constitution. The Constitution is the commitment of the U.S. government to the American people. It is truly used to protect the people, not to deceive the world.

The U.S. Constitution has seven articles. Article I is about how Congress is established and for what purpose. Article II describes the office, qualifications, and duties of the President. Article III describes the court system. The first three articles establish the separation of powers. Article IV outlines the relations among the states and between each state and the federal government. The Federal government cannot bully state governments and large states cannot bully smaller states. Article V outlines the process for amending the Constitution. Article VI establishes the Constitution to be the supreme law of the land, and all federal and state officials, legislators, and judges take oaths or affirmations to support the Constitution. Article VII describes that ratification by nine states (out of the thirteen states, or two-thirds) would be sufficiently to establish the Constitution. Seven simple articles have kept the U.S. together for over two hundred years.

The two political parties in the U.S. also hold their respective congress once every four years in various cities that rotate to be the host. In most cases, it is held in an indoor stadium where state party organizations send their delegates. The delegates gather to celebrate and elect the party’s presidential candidate. Funds that the party raises cover the cost of the entire party congress. The federal government does not give a penny. During every party congress, demonstrations outside the stadium are a big attraction. Usually there are far more demonstrators than party delegates. It can be said that the demonstrators are self-invited unofficial delegates.

The symbol of the Democratic Party in the U.S. is a donkey, and the symbol of the Republican Party is an elephant. In 1870, the American cartoonist Nast created a donkey in Harpers Weekly cartoons, satirizing the Democrats in the north who opposed the civil war were as dumb as a donkey. Later he drew a fallen elephant, to depict Republican President Grant, implying Republicans were big and stupid.

Beyond Nast’s expectation, the two parties adopted the donkey and elephant as their respective symbols.

In the U.S., anyone can join the Republicans or the Democrats. They just need to check the box next to the party’s name on the voter registration form. These parties do not charge dues. The parties have no decisions that you must obey or discipline for you to follow (as long as you are law-abiding). The parties have no secrets for you to keep (because they do not engage in illegal activities). There is no mandate asking you to sacrifice. Of course, you do not need to be loyal to the party. You can cancel your party membership at any time and can always come back. The parties that lead a superpower are so loosely organized.

Throughout history, the U.S. has been the country with the most attempted presidential assassinations, a total of eight. They were Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy, Jackson, Franklin, Truman, Ford, and Reagan, of which the first four were killed. Yet the U.S. government does not search for and confiscate weapons, restrict the freedom of its people, or launch large-scale stability campaigns, because of the assassinations. The Americans know that this is the inevitable price of democracy. The main purpose of democracy is not to protect the leaders, but to protect the people.

In the riots in Kerusuhan Mei in 1998, more than 1,200 Chinese were massacred and more than 1,000 women were raped. A big country (referring to China) which claimed itself to be a responsible country expressed that it did not wish to interfere with other country’s “internal affairs” It sealed off all news in its own country about the Kerusuhan Mei. Finally, under the threat of the U.S. to use force, the Indonesian authorities ceased the brutal persecution of the Chinese. Afterwards, the Indonesian Chinese displayed banners that read, “I’d rather be an American dog than a Chinese man.”

A lot of people sang an elegy after the disintegration of the USSR, but they did not know that the Soviet Union’s 70 years of history was one of aggression and expansion against other countries including China and one of oppression of its own people. During the Cold War, it was the evil center of despotism against democracy. Yet we regard a country that has occupied our vast territory as a comrade and brother while we treat a country that has never occupied an inch of land from China, but helped us win the war against Japan as an enemy.

If you say that China is not good, you may be regarded as a servant of the West; if you say that the U.S. is good, you will be regarded as an American dog; if you say you’d rather be an American than a Chinese, you will be considered a traitor who has committed heinous wrongs. But if you do not say anything, just quietly change your citizenship from China to America, you will be a successful person; if you can also devote yourselves to the “mainstream” culture in China, and teach the Chinese people how to be patriotic, you will be thought of as an overseas Chinese loyal to China.

The most chilling thing is not corruption or demolitions, not high prices, nor the stock market, and not the endless shocking crimes. It is your friends and family around you who, one after another, tell you that this is the way our country is, that you cannot change it, and that after a while you will get used to it. Even worse, after you get used to it and somehow you want to change it, they will be very upset and oppose you!

A true mother does not ask the child to return her love or force the child to sing praises to her every day; a true mother always gives the best food to her child. She does not keep it for herself while leaving only leftovers for the child. A true mother would give her life to protect her child and does not ask her child to fight for herself. A true mother listens to her child’s criticism and does not put the child in prison. There is only one true mother.

For many years, (the officials) have been instilling us with “Western countries” as a derogatory term and telling us that the U.S. is the worst, but after we grow up, we find out that their children are in the Western countries, their deposits are in banks in Western countries, and even their routes of retreats are in Western countries … We who stay in (China) are only those of us who have been brainwashed and deceived since childhood. How sad it is!

Perhaps some may say that the reason we demonize the U.S. is because the U.S. has mistreated China too much. Wrong. The reason we demonize the U.S. is not because of what the U.S. has done, but because the U.S. and the existence of its system are a contrast used to measure against those who are without shame. Demonizing the U.S. serves only to fool their own people into believing that their master is Great, Glorious and Correct.


{1}, “Zhou Qingqing: The Demonized America and the Sino-U.S. Relationship,” January 7, 2017.
{2} The fifty cents party (wu mao) refers to a group of people who support the government’s positions by posting favorable articles or comments on the Internet. Most of the time the Communist Party’s propaganda offices provide the contents for them to post. Initially these people were paid 50 fen (五毛 (wu mao), or 0.5 yuan (US $0.08)) for every posting. Thus they got the name of the “fifty cents” (wu mao) party.
{3} Library of Congress, “Principles and Policies Concerning China (Nine-Power Treaty).”
{4} The Warbird’s Forum, “1,500 planes shot down? High point of the legend.”
{5} Ulterior Agenda is a term that the Chinese government often uses to blame the U.S. government.