Kovid’s policy reinforces the oppression of the Chinese Communist Party

For almost two years, the People’s Republic of China has maintained its policy towards COVID-19 as a model for the world. Whatever the role of the Shia government in the origin of the epidemic and lack of transparency when the disease first spread, Beijing’s policies emerged to prevent widespread infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Based on this claim, the PRC has burned its reputation and promoted its system as an alternative to America.

China was able to impose such a policy almost alone. Other authoritarian states, including Iran and Russia, have failed to do so. With increasingly omnipotent measures based on extensive data collection and intervening state control, the Shi government may impose the most extreme restrictions. Although the price paid by the Chinese people was high and the CCP claimed a suspiciously low number of infections and deaths, Beijing’s determination seemed to have saved millions of lives. The often bizarre missteps of a free society have strengthened China’s claim.

The actual cost of the Chinese policy, however, became clear as the Omricon variant spread around the world through its efforts to maintain the PRC zero-covid policy. China’s economic engine and the plight of Shanghai, home to about 29 million people, has been in the news late. The Chinese have long been accustomed to authoritarian social control, but the imposition of cruel omnipotent sanctions has provoked public outrage. Authorities locked people in their apartments, smashed doors to evacuate residents, dumped Chinese overflowing quarantine facilities, denied people access to non-covid medical services, left residents without food, and killed family pets. The city is finally coming out of a two-month lockdown. Reuters reports: “Authorities are evicting more people from their homes last week and allowing more businesses to reopen. But most residents are limited to their compounds and most stores can only deliver. “

The capital of Beijing, especially important as the residence of the CCP leadership, has not yet closed, but is moving in that direction. According to CNBC, the city has “locked up surrounding areas, tested extensive viruses and restricted travel in an attempt to control new spikes in the field.” Residents are afraid of imposing a complete lockdown, which will come without warning. Many have resorted to panic shopping to make sure they have enough food to survive the long isolation.

Incredibly, an estimated 328 million people are currently effectively imprisoned in the two Score cities. The economic impact, which has devastated the local economy and disrupted the global supply chain, is devastating. The economy has slowed and the recession continues. Since the primary demand for the legitimacy of the CCP is continued prosperity, any recession creates political and economic problems.

Premier Li Keqiang admitted in a quick organized teleconference call with 100,000 party officials that the government’s main goal was to maintain minimum growth. Report The Washington Post“This target is not high, and much worse than the 5.5 percent growth target we set earlier this year,” he said, referring to the 2022 GDP growth target. “But it is based on reality and that is what we need to do,” he said, according to a transcript of his speech posted online. Yet financial analysts who make predictions based on that same reality are being silenced and even fired.

Li did not mention CCP General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who called for a two-fold, three-fold reduction in the lockdown strategy. Xi, who is trying to extend his personal rule in the party congress scheduled for later this year, said he could not easily abandon his own repressive policy. However, growing discontent could force him to loosen control over economic affairs under previous presidents who have been handed over to the Premier.

Perhaps more significantly, Beijing’s omnipotent social control is driving young people away from the CCP. Over the years, I have found Chinese students to be strongly opposed to individualism, media censorship, and online control, but have been extremely nationalist and outraged by foreign criticism of their government. They still like Americans. But America, and especially its government, is not so much.

Over the past decade, Shir’s campaign to impose high-profile “patriotic” education has strengthened pro-government sentiment among young people. Report New York Times: “As China becomes the world’s second largest economy, they have grown.” They have trolled critics of Beijing’s human rights record and boycotted many Western brands in order to make them feel at home. ” Beijing’s demand for better management of the epidemic was another source of national pride and seemingly underestimated the case for a liberal society.

But not anymore. “Run philosophy” is spreading among China’s youth. For example, escape from the PRC. The movement is cautious and in disguise — Shir Miniora will react badly to any public exit campaign — but growing. Note Economist: “A lot of foreigners are leaving এবং and, in line with online search trends, China’s young and educated elite are thinking of doing the same.” Many of those who can’t, or won’t, leave the PRC’s talk of refusing to have children.

The Chinese people have endured many things over the years. Even young people have been seen to accept political repression until the regime encouraged the economy to grow and respected their personal autonomy. Beijing’s cowardly policy, however, threatens both their prosperity and their independence. Online searches for the characters “immigration” and “run” have “increased with traumatic events in Shanghai, such as when an asthma patient was denied treatment and died, or when videos of infected children being separated from their parents spread online.”

In fact, millions of Chinese “reposted a video where a young man pushed back against police officers who warned that if he refused to go to a quarantine camp his family would be punished for three generations.” This will be our last generation, “he said. The video led to the creation of a new meme with the hashtag #thelastgeneration, which was later banned by authorities.

It turns out that the brutality and cruelty of the regime, which kept people hungry, miserable, sick and even dead, reminds the Chinese how little their lives are counted to the CCP and how little control they have over their own future. Miranda Wang studied in the UK but returned to the PRC. He is now considering emigrating, realizing Shanghai China, and “no matter how much money, education or international access you have, you cannot escape the authorities.”

Leaving is not easy. Family ties remain strong. Most Chinese lack significant portable resources. The United States and other countries have become less hospitable to immigrants. Beijing is also making travel more difficult.

Two decades ago I realized that the PRC was changing dramatically when I saw a lot of Chinese tourists in Thailand. Beijing no longer holds its citizens in a national prison. The Shi’ite government is now moving in the opposite direction, banning “unnecessary” travel in the name of cowardly resistance. This may be the real reason, but with the current government restricting freedom in almost every area, it is not impossible to return to more restrictive travel rules, especially if young people start fleeing.

Perhaps even more destructive, at least from CCP’s point of view, is the growing reluctance to have children. The omission of the infamous “one-child” policy has had little effect on fertility rates. According to New York Times“A new survey of more than 20,000 people, mostly women between the ages of 18 and 31, found that two-thirds of them do not want to have children.”

High living costs and long working hours have become major barriers to childbearing. Covid, and most importantly the government’s response, added another. Nineteen-year-old Cheng Jinyu explained, “I like kids, but I don’t dare keep them here because I can’t protect them.” He said “epidemic control workers have expressed concern about spraying disinfectants in the apartment, killing pets and leaving residents to keep the keys to their apartment doors.” Bar. One person wrote on Weibo, originally from Chinese Twitter: “As ordinary people who do not have personal dignity, our reproductive organs will be our last resort.”

Despite the widespread discontent, the CCP dictator could riot. It possesses a panoply tool for oppression, and the price paid by the resisters increased during the Shir period. Yet millions of Chinese have felt the communist stick more intensely than ever before. And the negative impact seems to be most profound on the youth, who are the future of the party and the nation.

In addition to the slow economy, shrinking population, and growing emigration, the growing anger of the people may oppose Shir’s attempts to imitate Mao Zedong by imposing unlimited party and personal rule. In the long run a generous wave of youth can force CCP to change. Nothing is set about the future of the PRC. While protecting its own security, the West’s best strategy towards China is to maintain peaceful relations, flow information and expand communication.

Doug Bando

Doug Bando

Doug Bando is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties.

He has been a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of a political magazine Search.

He writes regularly for such leading publications Fate Magazines, National interestThe The Wall Street JournalAnd The Washington Times.

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