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Chinese Protests Growing

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2022
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Not since 1989 has China faced a wave of national protests akin to what they are going through now.  These nationwide protests have three meanings. Here they are.

First, these protests are neither local nor quickly dissipating, which means they betray something much deeper than concern over standards of living, mortgage company bankruptcies, or local disaffection. 

What they are saying, without saying so, is that many have had it – enough of COVID lockdowns, stumbling economy, surveillance, and President Xi’s strongman Communism.

As the Wall Street Journal reported last week: “The protests put in stark relief the fraying of that social contract, showing that the climbing economic and social costs of China’s zero-COVID policies—coupled with an increasingly authoritarian regime’s zero-tolerance for dissent—have driven many to a kind of breaking point.”

Revulsion with Communism drove students into the streets 33 years ago, culminating in the Tiananmen Square massacre. The protests are similar, national in scope. They reflect growing awareness by urban Chinese that what they face is unadulterated oppression – unlike elsewhere.

Second, the protests represent a political crisis for China’s Communist leadership. If they give in to public demands that lockdowns stop, protestors may believe they have the power to change the entire system – and COVID cases could widen their grip on China’s economy.

If they crack down and turn up oppression, that could trigger a mass reaction – confirmation that the public is not being heard and that Communism is what it has been: merciless and brutal.

So, the second meaning of these protests is a possible tipping point for China’s Communist Party and President Xi. Contrary to the emperor-for-life rhetoric of a month ago, Xi is at an unexpected intersection, tolerating public dissent and modest reform or all-out oppression.

That decision will offer insight into how China approaches the future, conceding legitimacy to public outrage, or pulling hard on the reigns as Mao did – brutally suppressing discontent.

Third, these protests suggest something larger. If it is hard to conceive the Chinese People throwing off the Communist yoke, this is a step in that direction. These protests, in a country that punishes protests severely, suggest that something deep is brewing.

Somewhere in the soul of the Chinese People a distaste with Communism is percolating, akin to how the Russian people detested Soviet domination. Where that will go, whether it will be suppressed and pushed underground again or perhaps begin to see light and get more running room, a different future seriously considered by some within Chinese society, is unclear.

What is clear is that President Xi and the Chinese Communist Party is confronting the largest, most widely subscribed, and potentially hard to dismiss uprising among average Chinese in decades. Where this leads remains, like much about modern China, an enigma. But that it is happening at all is promising, a sign of hope, and another indication that oppression is unstable.

China is far less stable than pundits and liberal media surmise, and this set of protests, whether they endure and expand or persist only for a time and are suppressed, tell us something that is at once obvious and profound: Chinese Communism, like all Communism, is illegitimate.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Hooray Yes

Granny
Granny
1 year ago

I simply pray for God to help these people, as the CCP is ruthless. God Blessed America and we forgot to thank him and now look where we are. I pray he surrounds every person who stands for truth and good and protects them from evil.

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

As China goes so goes America if we are to survive in Democracy.
We need to build a fire under patriotic conservative leaders eg, Abbot, DeSantis etal. to show backbone to America and not the CCP.

Without major protests Ameria is doomed.

George Washington's Admirer
George Washington's Admirer
1 year ago

Agree with the author of the article. These protests have a more serious nature about them. The Chinese People want to throw off the Communist yoke. Let that be a wake-up call to the little communists/Marxists here. They are very critical of our history and Founding Fathers. However, maybe they should be dissecting Marx instead. What advantage is there to throwing away our history and replace it with Marx? Marx is an experiment gone wrong. Stick to the tradition of our beautiful country. Raise the American Flag, keep the Statues of Our Founding Fathers, maintain our historical sites; so, we may study and improve, and let’s not forget our religious faith. With God all things are possible!

PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Yet notice the incredible non-response we are seeing from the White House RBC. Talk about NOT standing up to show any kind of moral support for the people of China. Even something half-hearted seems to be too much to get from this administration. From the White House perspective, all Team Biden wants to echo is something like “Lets get back to business as usual.”. We can’t even get one senior official in the administration to say something as beneign as “The Chinese people have a right to some measure of personal freedom and human rights. It is inhumane to treat the Chinese people like cattle to be locked up within their homes or factories for months on end.” Instead all we get is either silence or administration officials trying to deflect the public’s attention elsewhere.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Good for them.
America should be doing the same thing with all of the BS, Rigged Elections, and LIES from DICTATOR Beijing biden.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

Sounds a lot like what’s starting to happen here. We all know that the “Powers That Be” are in bed with the CCP.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Yeah , yeah . The commies will roll out the tanks and the rag Free Press will take pictures and it will be all over . Maybe America can ship billions of water bottles that the citizens can throw at police . I will wait and watch if they launch more serious ordnance . Now you know why the nutjobs in America love them . 100 million can control 1 billion . Bah , bah .

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

I’m in agreement.Take America Back.No more Woke Nonsense!

RyansDad
RyansDad
1 year ago

Yes, the Chinese People are fed up with communism! I only hope that they continue their protests until we once again get a patriotic president, and Trump appoints a CIA director with instructions to surreptitiously support the Chinese People!

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