Say Hello to China’s
By Pepe Escobar
September 07, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Asia
China’s aggression is destabilizing its
neighbors in the South China Sea. China never stops cheating on
world trade. China’s stock market is a trap for investors. China’s
devaluation of the yuan is a dirty trick. China is imploding.
President Xi Jinping does not have any credibility left. And China
is a major threat because the Pentagon said so.
Cue to clear blue skies over Beijing – engineered
with a hefty dose of political will. Lots of glittering toys –
aerial and terrestrial. Guests from all over the world (absent the
predictable Western suspects). A made-for-TV spectacular dwarfing
the Oscars (no teary-eyed acceptance speeches!) What’s not to like?
And then, there it was, strutting its lethal stuff
on the Tiananmen catwalk: the Dongfeng-21D. A cracking land-based
anti-ship ballistic missile capable of destroying one of those
multibillion-dollar US aircraft carriers with a single hit.
No wonder China’s parade celebrating the end of
WWII had to be demonized to oblivion.
China’s “say hello to my new toys” show had plenty
of co-stars. The DF-5B – an ICBM designed to carry nuclear warheads.
The DF-26 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM), a.k.a. the
Guam Killer, as in capable of wreaking havoc over the notorious U.S.
Pacific Ocean base. The HQ-9, China’s third generation
surface-to-air missile system. Lots of cool drones.
Here’s a (partial) rundown of the greatest hits, and a few
misses such as the J-31, China’s fight generation stealth fighter.
The screenplay included priceless dialogue. As in
Xi Jinping zooming past the troops, shouting, “Hello comrades!
You’ve worked hard!” — to the unison response, “Hello leader! We
serve the people!”
No wardrobe fails as Xi’s wife, glamour queen Peng
Liyuan, once again ripped, with a tsunami of online shoppers
instantly able to snap up her drop-dead red parade outfit on Taobao,
China’s answer to eBay.
And then there were those rows and rows of
impeccably groomed soldiers saluting Xi with “Follow the Party!
Fight to win! Forge exemplary conduct!” What sort of exemplary
conduct will apply to 300.000 of their colleagues — soon to be
demobilized as Xi
revamps the PLA — is open to speculation.
The downsizing of the army to the benefit of
allocating equal resources to army, navy and air force is part of
Xi’s centralized power manner of governing — as he leads no less
than eight extremely high-level policy-making committees, from
military reform and cyber-security to short-term financial policy
and macro economic planning.
It’s Xi vs. Reuters
China’s V-Day parade specifically celebrated “the
70th anniversary of China’s victory in the War of Resistance Against
Predictably none of Japan’s TV networks – NHK
included – showed the parade live. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe, officially invited, snubbed it – in line with the White House
and what the State Department ordered the European minions.
Here I examined how the juvenihilist Western snubbing poses as
The People’s Daily was not off the mark
when it stressed the parade, “will give Chinese people the
opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the invaluable lessons
that history teaches and serve as a tremendous fillip to the
confidence of 1.3 billion people in looking at the country’s
That was a quite Chinese way to imply that what
happened decades ago, as part of the “century of humiliation,” when
China was weak and divided, won’t happen again. And those gleaming
toys exist for that purpose.
Even more crucial is what Xi said: “That war
inflicted over 100 million military and civilian casualties. China
suffered over 35 million casualties and the Soviet Union lost over
27 million lives. War is like a mirror. Looking at it helps us
better understand the value of peace.”
Once again, in a very Chinese way, Xi did not have
to dwell on the fact that only the Atlanticists are allowed to
celebrate the victory over fascism and Nazism. When Russia does it —
as in the May 9 parade in Moscow — or China does it this Thursday in
Beijing, they are branded as “militaristic,” “nationalistic,” or
simply “a threat.”
Xi also said that the world today badly needs a
sense of global community, and mutual respect and prosperity. Tell
that to the exceptionalists. He emphasized China will remain
committed to “peaceful development” – the official motto before Xi’s
own “Chinese Dream.” And once again, he made it clear, “China will
never seek hegemony or expansion. It will never inflict its past
suffering on any other nation.”
Perhaps the leader of the soon-to-be top economy
on the planet was … lying? Were these sweet words masking a
“threat”? Leave it to Reuters to enlighten the whole planet: “For
Xi, the parade is a welcome distraction from the country’s plunging
stock markets, slowing economy and recent blasts at a chemical
warehouse that killed at least 160 people.”
The dogs of fear/envy/resentment predictably
barked as the Chinese victory parade gloriously passed.
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