Xi Jinping, a Chosen One?
Another crazy possibility, right?
It is crazy.
But here is what we are wondering.
Is it any more crazy than the possibility that Donald Trump is a Chosen One?
We began to wonder about this as Paula and I had the crazy experience of reading American articles and newspapers, of which we consume vast quantities. And sometimes, as you Americans say, it tickles our funny bone.
What a different experience from reading our calculated, meticulously measured Chinese propaganda. You Americans and your free speech result in some crazy things finding their way into print.
Take, for instance, the Lance Wallnau guy, your modern prophet…
Why Trump? According to Wallnau, Trump is God’s chosen instrument to serve as a wrecking ball against the spirit of political correctness.Lance Wallnau: God is raising up Trump as a ‘wrecking ball’ for the nation, By Dan Calabrese, Canada Free Press, May 16, 2016
So, while Trump seems to be ‘wrecking’ far more than just political correctness, watch out for our president.
Have you seen what the former Prime Minister of Australia said about our President?
He therefore begins to loom large as a dominant figure not just in Chinese history, but in world history, in the twenty-first century. It will be on his watch that China finally becomes the largest economy in the world, or is at least returned to that status, which it last held during the Qing dynasty.
Finally, there is the personality of Xi Jinping himself as a source of political authority. For those who have met him and had conversations with him, he has a strong intellect, a deep sense of his country’s and the world’s history, and a deeply defined worldview of where he wants to lead his country. Xi Jinping is no accidental president. It’s as if he has been planning for this all his life.UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S RISE UNDER XI JINPING, By THE HONOURABLE KEVIN RUDD, 26TH PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, PRESIDENT OF THE ASIA SOCIETY POLICY INSTITUTE, ADDRESS TO CADETS, UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT, MARCH 5, 2018
He is so powerful…
Now the NPC will provide the institutional framework of the State to allow Xi, so long as he is alive and the Communist Party is running China, to be the most important and powerful person in China for life.
In this new Xi Era the world must learn to deal the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, while China itself is now the strongest it has been in centuries, with plans to become even more economically, militarily and culturally powerful, on the road to its Great Rejuvenation.Term Limits Will Officially No Longer Apply To Xi Jinping, By Bill Bishop, Sinocism China Newsletter, February 25, 2018
China’s powerful and well-funded Department of Propaganda has been tasked with building the same kind of personality cult around Xi Jinping that existed around Mao Zedong — efforts that infiltrate Chinese classrooms and extend beyond the country’s borders.
The impact: The department aims to control all the information that Chinese people see and hear — which is why newspaper readers across China this week were instructed to “carve Xi Jinping’s speech into our bones and dissolve his spirit into our blood.”Xi Jinping’s omnipresent propaganda empire, By Erica Pandey, Axios, May 18, 2018
LAST weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he will change China’s constitution so that he can rule as president for as long as he chooses—and conceivably for life. Not since Mao Zedong has a Chinese leader wielded so much power so openly. This is not just a big change for China (see article), but also strong evidence that the West’s 25-year bet on China has failed.How the West got China wrong, The Economist, March 1, 2018
The world’s most powerful man?
But he looks so mild, so different from Trump!
Some think our President is the opposite of Trump: insecure and weak…
The paradoxical combination of insecurity and aggressiveness is hardly confined to China. The United States has all too many examples in its own politics. But this paradox on a national-strategic scale for China matched what many people told me about Xi himself as a leader: The more uncertain he feels about China’s diplomatic and economic position in the world, and the more grumbling he hears about his ongoing crackdown, the more “decisively” he is likely to act. “Xi is a weak man who wants to look strong,” a foreign businessman who has worked in China for many years told me. “He is the son of a famous father [Xi Zhongxun, who fought alongside Mao as a guerrilla and became an important Communist leader] and wants to prove he is worthy of the name. As we’ve seen in other cultures, this can be a dangerous mix.”China’s Great Leap Backward, By James Fallows, The Atlantic, December 2016
But, don’t be too hasty to dismiss our mild looking President.
Let’s start with how the Party has portrayed him…
On October 31 last year, just a few days after the CPC’s 19th conclave, also regarded as Xi’s congress, he led the other six members of the newly reshuffled Politburo Standing Committee, the inner sanctum of Chinese politics, to a site in Shanghai where the party’s first congress was held in 1921, to renew the party oath.
About two weeks later, Xinhua, the strictly censored state’s official news agency, published an extensive and glowing hagiography of Xi.
The 8,000-word (in English) opus, an unprecedented portrayal of any Chinese leader, used many obsequious titles to depict Xi. He was hailed as, among other fawning names, a pathfinder, a sage whose “extensive knowledge of literature and the arts makes him a consummate communicator in the international arena,” an omnipotent man “who makes things happen,” and a “servant of the public” who is very approachable and caring.
In other words, though not explicitly, for Xinhua and his other apologists, Xi is not just a political leader but a god-like figure, who is virtuous, benevolent, all-knowing and all-powerful.
Against this background, it isn’t so shocking that Communist cadres in Yugan told local Christians that the Chinese autocrat – not Jesus Christ – was their savior or that pilgrimage to places related to Xi, such as the cave dormitories where the young Xi spend six years during Mao’s disastrous Cultural Revolution, is allowed or encouraged.A key paradox in Xi Jinping’s China, By Xuan Loc Doan, Asia Times, AUGUST 20, 2018
These ‘local Christians’ are the ones you pray for, right?
And, if Christianity is the story we are in, they need your prayers. For, they are already experiencing a big change under Xi. He sees them as a potential threat, bringing his desire for achieving the China Dream into great danger.
And he is aware of the mysterious beastly dangers threatening the Party…
During the Lunar New Year holidays, political circles in Beijing were abuzz with this question: “Who, or what, are ‘black swans’ and ‘gray rhinos’?” This followed a major speech given by President and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Central Party School (CPS) last month, in which the the 65-year-old leader raised the highest alert for Party officials to “be on guard against black swans and keep watchful for gray rhinos” (jingti hei tian’e, fangfan hui xiniu / 警惕黑天鹅, 防范灰犀牛) (People’s Daily, January 22).
As the world watches with anxiety the unfolding series of crises shaking up China, more questions are being asked as to whether simply enhancing loyalty to the top leadership will effectively solve the country’s problems. As long as these problems persist, Xi and other leaders in the CCP’s top echelons will continue to watch nervously for the potential emergence of those mysterious and frightening beasts known as “black swans” and “gray rhinos.”China Brief Early Warning: Xi Jinping Warns Against the “Black Swans” and “Gray Rhinos” of a Possible Color Revolution, By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Jamestown Institute, February 20, 2019
But, if Christianity is the story we are in, your prayers should not stop at Chinese Christians, for Xi is also putting your own country in peril.
He is a brilliant strategist, like my Uncle, who is trying to think more broadly than others. And he knows how to put things in play, like flooding your country with spies…
Guo said that Chinese intelligence operations in the United States sharply increased after the 2012 Communist Party Congress that brought current leader Xi Jinping to power.
“Before 2012, cumulatively China had around 10,000 to 20,000 agents working in the United States,” he said. “These agents had been sent to work in the United States over a 50 year period of time, and they were working in a defensive mode.”
According to the businessman, defensive intelligence was mainly focused on learning about the United States. The operations then shifted in 2012 to “offensive” spying, he said.
“By offensive [operations], I mean to be ready to destroy the U.S. in ways they can,” Guo said.
Around 2012, a decision was made by Chinese leaders to dispatch another 5,000 spies to the United States. “Some of them were sent as students, some as businessmen, and some as immigrants, but all together, 5,000,” Guo said.
“In addition to that, they developed between 15,000 to 18,000 other spies, and these are not directly sent but these are developed within the United States.”
The recruited agents are not limited to Asians and Chinese-Americans but include all ethnic groups, including Hispanics, Blacks, and Caucasians.
“And now the budget is between $3 billion to $4 billion annually, and this is information up to one month ago,” he said.
Guo said American counterintelligence agencies face several problems, mainly a lack of knowledge about Chinese intelligence agencies.
“You don’t know which organizations in China are responsible for sending these spies, how they are managed, and to what purpose,” he said. “And the U.S. adopts a very legalistic perspective to look at the question of spying. Yet, for China their methods are not what the United States understands.”
“These spies, when they come to the United States, they could sleep around, they could put poison in your glass of wine to kill you; completely unscrupulous,” he said.China’s Intelligence Networks in United States Include 25,000 Spies, By Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon, July 11, 2017
While Donald Trump cries out against all kinds of immigrants in your country, many of whom just want a shot at the American Dream, he doesn’t seem to speak out against our Chinese spies. And we appreciate that. It has made our assignment so much easier.
And we appreciate how Donald Trump buddies up to our president…
In the closed-door remarks, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, Trump also praised China’s President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn’t mind making such a maneuver himself.
“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”Trump on China’s Xi consolidating power: ‘Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day’, By Kevin Liptak, CNN, March 3, 2018
President Trump touted on Monday a “very strong” relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the two leaders reached a trade truce over the weekend and predicted it will lead to further cooperation on halting an arms race between China, Russia and the U.S.
President Xi and I have a very strong and personal relationship. He and I are the only two people that can bring about massive and very positive change, on trade and far beyond, between our two great Nations. A solution for North Korea is a great thing for China and ALL!Trump tweets love for China’s President Xi Jinping after reaching trade truce, By Gabriella Muñoz, The Washington Times, December 3, 2018
THE PRESIDENT: We’re negotiating and having tremendous success with China. And I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy. I really do. I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.Trump: China “Far More Honorable Than Cryin’ Chuck And Nancy”, Posted By Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics, January 10, 2019
And, as is ‘par for the course’ for your golf obsessed President, Donald is happy to receive money from him…
The largest American office of China’s largest bank sits on the 20th floor of Trump Tower, six levels below the desk where Donald Trump built an empire and wrested a presidency. It’s hard to get a glimpse inside. There do not appear to be any public visitors, and a man guards the elevators downstairs–one of the perks of forking over an estimated $2 million a year for the space.
Trump Tower officially lists the tenant as the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, but make no mistake who’s paying the rent: the Chinese government, which owns a majority of the company. And while the landlord is technically the Trump Organization, make no mistake who’s cashing those millions: the president of the United States, who has placed day-to-day management with his sons but retains 100% ownership.Trump’s Biggest Potential Conflict Of Interest Is Hiding In Plain Sight, By Dan Alexander, Forbes, February 13, 2018
But, wait. Wouldn’t this be something your Founders would have had a problem with?
It’s a conflict of interest unprecedented in American history. But hardly unanticipated. The Founding Fathers specifically built this contingency into the Constitution through the Emoluments Clause, which prohibits U.S. officials from accepting gifts, titles or “emoluments” from foreign governments. In Federalist 75, Alexander Hamilton framed the threat thus: “An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth.”Trump’s Biggest Potential Conflict Of Interest Is Hiding In Plain Sight, By Dan Alexander, Forbes, February 13, 2018
Xi Jinping knows how to bargain his way to power. And, like Donald Trump he is a leader on a quest…
Xi sees himself as the third transformative leader of post-dynastic China, behind Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. He is haunted by the Soviet collapse, as “nobody was man enough to stand up and resist.” Xi is focused on a sacred mission to save the Party for his father’s generation of revolutionaries. His overarching message has been the promise of the China Dream, the Chinese equivalent of Making China Great Again.The Art of a China Deal, By James McGregor, China File, February 2, 2017
At the core of these national goals is a civilizational creed that sees China as the center of the universe. In the Chinese language, the word for China, zhong guo, means “Middle Kingdom.” “Middle” refers not to the space between other, rival kingdoms, but to all that lies between heaven and earth. As Lee summarized the world view shared by hundreds of Chinese officials who sought his advice (including every leader since Deng Xiaoping), they “recall a world in which China was dominant and other states related to them as supplicants to a superior, as vassals came to Beijing bearing tribute.” In this narrative, the rise of the West in recent centuries is a historical anomaly, reflecting China’s technological and military weakness when it faced dominant imperial powers. Xi Jinping has promised his fellow citizens: no more.Graham Allison, Destined For War
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tenure has been marked by high ambition. His vision – the “Chinese dream” – is to make his country the world’s leading power by 2049, the centenary of communist rule.
He aspires to become modern China’s most transformative leader. Just as Mao helped to create a reunified and independent China, and Deng Xiaoping launched China’s “reform and opening up”, Xi wants to make China the central player in the global economy and the international order.Xi’s ‘Chinese dream’ being threatened by imperial overreach, By Brahma Chellaney, Asia Times, May 25, 2017
China’s leader is determined to turn his country into “the biggest player in the history of the world.”What Xi Jinping Wants, By Graham Allison, The Atlantic, May 31, 2017
What caught my ear was Xi’s hint of China’s big ambitions in his toast that night. He quoted a Chinese proverb that “no distance, not even remote mountains and vast oceans, can ever prevent people with perseverance from reaching their destination.” Xi then cited an adage from Benjamin Franklin: “He who can have patience, can have what he will.” That’s an apt summary of China’s quiet but relentless pursuit of becoming a global superpower.
China’s rise has been so rapid yet gentle in tone that it’s easy to miss how fast Beijing has expanded its ability to project power. The mesmerizing go-slow style of the pre-Xi years, summarized in the Chinese slogan “hide and bide,” has been replaced by what U.S. analysts now see as an open power play.China has a plan to rule the world, By David Ignatius, Washington Post, November 28, 2017
As its power grows, China is demanding a re-write of international norms and rules. China wants to create a new international order with China at the center of the Asia-Pacific region, bringing regional and world peace under threat. The current South China Sea tension is just a case in point.Statement Submitted by Dr. YANG Jianli, To the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing titled, “Dissidents Who Have Suffered for Human Rights in China: A Look Back and A Look Forward”, Dec.7, 2016
We read here that in its extended application—China as the world’s virtuous monopole—the virtuocratic premise supplies Chinese policy with its guiding star: the recovery of a global preeminence that the nation does not merely desire but is convinced it deserves. This is “the Great Telos of Return,” to use Ford’s phrase, and in its light the author can correct and refine the commonplace observation that Chinese have a love-hate relationship with America.Collision Course, By A.E. Clark, Liberty Law Site, November 14, 2016
And his quest may lead us to war with you…
China’s bold leader has been threatening neighbors and the United States with frequency during the last several months. “Xi is not just toying with war,” Victor Mair of the University of Pennsylvania wrote on the Fanell Red Star Rising listserve this month. “He’s daring himself to actually start one. He’s in a dangerous frame of mind.”
Dangerous indeed. From Washington to New Delhi, policymakers wonder whether China will begin history’s next great conflict. Beijing of course wants to “win without fighting,” but the actions Xi Jinping are taking could lead to fighting nonetheless. One particularly disturbing development in this regard is the Chinese military gaining power in Beijing’s political circles.The Militarization of Xi Jinping’s China, by Gordon G. Chang, The Gatestone Institute, February 25, 2019
So, while so many of you Christians bargained on Trump to restore your greatness, we are the ones on the rise.
The point at which the Chinese threat goes from a distant prospect to an urgent near-term reality is thus rapidly approaching, if it has not already arrived. For years, American strategists have known this moment was coming—yet Washington consistently has been slow to react. The rapidity of China’s rise has been matched by the lethargy of America’s response.The Chinese Century?, By Hal Brands, National Interest, February 19, 2018
The costs are great, but under Xi Jinping — rise we will…
Last month, as the entire world watched, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo died in miserable conditions. Despite his wish to die as a free man and the efforts of countless individuals and organizations to help him, Liu Xiaobo died in the Shenyang Military Hospital under police guard.
The international community stood helpless as the Chinese government ruthlessly shattered Liu Xiaobo’s last wish by denying his request to seek medical treatment abroad. Only after his death did Western leaders publicly mention Liu Xiaobo’s name and pay tribute to him. But none of them have strongly condemned the Chinese Communist regime, which imprisoned a Nobel laureate who should never have been jailed in the first place. Nor have they called for an independent investigation into the regime’s deliberate negligence or the suspected conspiracy that caused his death.
The free world’s appeasement of the evil deeds of the Chinese regime will adversely affect global democratization, which is exactly what Liu Xiaobo warned against ten years ago.
Liu Xiaobo feared then that the West might repeat the same mistake as it did during the rise of the fascist Third Reich and the Communist USSR. He warned that the international community must remain vigilant in the face of the rising Chinese Communist dictatorship because the game for world dominance had changed. The Chinese Communists had also morphed into a new beast — more adaptive, cunning, and deceptive.Liu Xiaobo’s Stern Warning, By Jianli Yang, National Review, August 15, 2017
Watch out for this new beast…
Xi wants to transform the communist country into the dominant economic and militarized nation.China is the greatest, growing threat to America, By Jim VandeHei, Axios, May 21, 2018
In October 2017, at the Nineteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping proclaimed that China had entered a “new era” and could now “take center stage in the world.”The Chinese Century?, By Hal Brands, National Interest, February 19, 2018
…led by our beloved Xi!
Xi’s unrivaled power is also reflected in state media reports. After the party unveiled its new leadership lineup last October, state newspapers featured a large headshot of Xi in the middle of their front pages, but didn’t include portraits of his colleagues as they’d done before. State news outlets have also referred to Xi as lingxiu, a reverent term for “leader” that has never been granted to any Chinese leader since the Mao era. Yesterday state broadcaster CCTV hailed in a commentary (link in Chinese) Xi’s efforts to eradicate poverty: “People’s lingxiu is loved by the people!”Xi Jinping could now rule China for life—just what Deng Xiaoping tried to prevent, By Zheping Huang, Quartz, February 26, 2018
Will Xi succeed in growing China sufficiently to displace the U.S. as the world’s top economy and most powerful actor in the Western Pacific? Can he make China great again? It is obvious that there are many ways things could go badly wrong, and these extraordinary ambitions engender skepticism among most observers. But, when the question was put to Lee Kuan Yew, he assessed the odds of success as four chances in five. Neither Lee nor I would bet against Xi. As Lee said, China’s “reawakened sense of destiny is an overpowering force.”What Xi Jinping Wants, By Graham Allison, The Atlantic, May 31, 2017