On August 4, 2021, People’s Daily, a media mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) published a strongly worded commentary against the United States. From July 20 to August 4, 2021, the CCP’s mouthpiece issued a total of 16 anti-U.S. commentaries, one a day. According to analysts, this is extremely rare in the 42 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. These commentaries are under the pen name “Zhong Sheng” (or central voice, the homophone in Chinese, i.e., the voice of the CCP Central Committee).
In his article on August 5, 2021, Dr. Wang Youqun, the primary speechwriter for Wei Jianqun, former CCP Politburo standing member, explained the reasons behind China’s intensive anti-U.S. campaign. The recent anti-U.S. propaganda campaign launched by the CCP is part of the CCP’s new strategy to confront the United States and it helps to avert attention from the escalating domestic conflicts the CCP is facing.
According to Dr. Wang, the CCP’s strategy toward the United States has gone, roughly, through three stages: confronting the United States from the establishment of the CCP in 1949 to the visit of U.S. President Nixon on February 21, 1972; manipulating the United States from 1972 until the overall deterioration of Sino-US relations in 2020; confronting the United States from 2020 to the present.
In 2020, when the COVID-19 (or “CCP virus”) spread from Wuhan to the United States, it caused the worst blow since World War II to all aspects of the U.S. economy, politics, and social life. Meanwhile, in 2020, the CCP made several moves against the United States. These actions include the CCP warship military exercise at Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean from January to February 2020; the announcement of the completion of the “Fortress Area” for strategic nuclear submarines in the South China Sea in March 2020; the announcement of the completion of deployment of China’s spacecraft in June 2020; the launching of the most intensive military exercises in more than 40 years from the Bohai Sea, to the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, and the mainland in July 2020.
On January 11, 2021, Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the Party School of the Central Committee. He stated, “The world today is undergoing major changes unseen in a century.” The general trend of the world is “rising in the east and falling in the west.” “but the times and trends are on our side” and “the side of the world today. The biggest source of chaos is in the United States.” “The United States is the biggest threat to my country’s development and security.” . . .
These statements set the official tone for the CCP’s strategic shift toward confronting the United States. During the Sino-U.S. Tianjin talks on July 25-26, 2021, the CCP fiercely bombarded the United States, indicating that the CCP’s strategy against the United States has taken shape.
Dr. Wang also believed that the CCP launched the recent anti-U.S. propaganda campaign to divert attention from domestic conflicts.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. For centuries, the CCP has suppressed its people with “high pressure” means. Today, the following social, economic and political conflicts have reached an unprecedented level in a number of ways:
- Conflicts among top CCP leaders and factions, Xi Jinping, Jiang Zemin, the Communist Youth League group, the CCP elders, CCP princelings, and others on the redistribution of power at the 20th National Congress of the CCP;
- Conflicts between the current CCP leadership and those senior officials investigated and disciplined for corruption;
- Conflicts between the CCP and business interests such as those behind Ant Group who are prohibited from listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong, those behind the Didi Chuxing Company that the CCP cracked down on within days of its IPO in Wall Street, and the investors behind the education and training companies recently restricted from public financing;
- Conflicts between the very few powerful families of the CCP leadership that have monopolized China’s most profitable industries and the more than 600 million people with a monthly income of only 1,000 yuan ($154.24);
- Conflicts with the Hong Kong people; and
- Conflicts with the persecuted groups such as the Uyghurs, Christians, Falun Gong, human rights lawyers, private entrepreneurs, citizen journalists, the 1989 Tiananmen massacre survivors, pro-democracy activists, and many other groups.
Source: Epoch Times, August 4, 2021