Images of a lighted city across the river Hudson with its glowing in the night high-rise and vivacious get-up-and-go might lead some viewers in New York that it is the happiest and the best place in the world. Unfortunately, this is not true. See, Shanghai another same type of city, Whangpoo river flowing through the city, very peaceful and almost no crime. It was July 1921, the mighty Communist Party of China was formed in the presence of the charismatic, Mao Zedong. In the following 100 years, Shanghai and the Party saw each other rising. This year, amid a worldwide China Covid-19 pandemic, the two remain safe and sound, whereas New York and its glamour failed by the waves of the pandemic and deaths.
The Communist Party of China will complete hundred years of its birth and enter into its second century of foundation, next month. Nobody can deny its greatness but its leaders never claim it so. Nobody can challenge it at the centre of the world superpower.
China had a GDP of $14.72 trillion in 2020 and by 2025 its projected GDP will be $22.481 trillion, almost near to the world leader, the United States. In military power also, nobody can challenge it and by 2035 it will be the world leader. Its diplomatic influence is also rising due to its increased capacity to offer capital and technology to the world. It can be contrasted with the inter-war period of America of 1914-45.
The American economy roared and her global power increased, while European countries almost exhausted themselves torn between two world wars. However, the influence and economy of China have increased drastically. While America wasted much forces and wealth dealing with the repercussion of the Cold War and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and investment in rogue nations like Pakistan. It also wasted huge wealth on useless NGOs and senseless human right and environmental issues.
China Covid-19 pandemic has hastened China’s growth whereas American and European nations are still ruining their nations in the name of human rights, environment, equality, minority rights, migrants’ rights etc. Huge money is wasted on NGOs who are using taxpayer’s money on subversive activities. That day is not far when the rioting and hate-mongering by some so-called oppressed groups and minorities will be declared as human rights, freedom of dissent and expression. China is completely free from such suicidal waste of resources.
Contrasts may be repulsive but serve a point. America’s ascend as universal hegemony was evident by its thriving economy and military power, but it was also flawed by internal conflicts.
Modest politicians like Truman, Nixon, Carter, Obama and Biden assumed the presidency post-war era. They encouraged freebies, freeloading schemes and unhindered migration from Mexico, African, Gulf and Islamic nations. On these illegal migrants, the government of America spent a huge amount in the name of human rights and equality. Millions of NGOs were financed worldwide aimlessly.
On the contrary, the politics of China was straitjacketed. The strict laws and tough regulations never allowed such disruptive and obstructive elements and ideas to enter China. In the name of purgation and rectification, China cleaned or wiped out such negative forces. The Communist Party is the only power centre and the only determinant for everything in China.
Another issue that troubled America, the post-World War II, was the issues of race, human rights and voting rights that empowered the migrants, Africans, Islamists living in America. The Civil Rights Acts (1957, 1961 and 1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965) empowered the blacks, migrants and Islamists as a very powerful and polarized vote bank. They became very powerful vote banks in the political mainstream, thereby weakening the nationalist forces as they have divided loyalty for America. Their main concern was to grab the maximum benefits without doing anything.
On the other hand, China has no such problem of ethnic or minorities activism. It has very peacefully tackled the extremism and radicalization of Uyghur Muslims. China follows secularism and equality in word and spirit. China does not want the likes of Rosa Parks of China or Martin Luther King. The objective of China is stability and progress.
Allowing large scale immigration has created more problems than gains in America. Now, immigrants have become a big problem in America. Recently, BLM activists, Antifa activists, NGOs working for migrants, the African-American community and Islamists created big law and order problems. There was large-scale rioting and vandalism at so many places. Security personnel were literary on their knees. Not only this, these elements even demanded to disband the police force. China has no such burden as China’s Communist Party do not allow migration from any country.
China is completely free of foreign influence and interference. China’s business and economy is controlled by the Party, as the collapse of Jack Ma and Ant Financial lately shown. In the name of a transparent process, antitrust laws in the US are misused.
Countries take aids and help from America but they abhor American hegemony and it failed to translate cordiality, generosity and goodwill for America and Americans. Even Pakistanis do not like American hegemony and its influence.
China is least bothered about its relationship with its neighbours and with other countries. The Belt & Road Initiative in Pakistan and other countries are only for the interest of China in the long run. It is not at all bothered about any reason to mistrust.
The stability and development of China are enviable to the world. Democracies, secularism, human rights, minority rights failed to give anything positive to the democratic nations. Rather these concepts have become big problems in democracies. Chinese people love the Chinese Communist Party and China without any democracy. Now, the Chinese model is the best in the world. Democracies should follow the model of China’s Communist Party, of the significance of firm socio-political grip and understand that differences of opinion or dissent of ideas as threats to the nations.
There is a very popular saying that insiders breach the fortress, from the inside, it does a very valid point to the fears about the feebleness and fragility of the democratic system regardless of their superficial show of democracy, secularism, human rights, equality and minority rights. The world has witnessed the fall of the mighty empire of Great Britain and the USSR.
President Xi Jinping very rightly declared at Davos this year that the world is moving forward and changing very fast. The world may not go back but we have to learn from history.
Nobody can deny that the next century will be the ‘Chinese Century’.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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