Government Watch / Politics

Chinese Protests Growing

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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RyansDad
1 month 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!

Paul
1 month ago

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

Steve
1 month 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 .

Laura
1 month 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.

David Millikan
1 month ago

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

L c
1 month ago
Reply to  David Millikan

You are absolutely right on track
America needs to wake up & rise up!

Anonymous
29 days ago
Reply to  David Millikan

So the radical communist sympathizers in our government want to ban (delete?) the second amendment. Now that they are actively doing this, why can’t the majority of the American people loudly protest against the existance of COMMUNISM IN THE US GOVERNMENT?

PaulE
1 month 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.

anna hubert
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Might WH be petrified that the spark could start the fire ?

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  anna hubert

More likely the WH is afraid of shaming President Xi and the CCP, which owns Joe Biden and many politicians in Washington.

Coonie
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Sad to say , imo , most dem’s & some rep’s in politics want communism in this country , to rule like kings over us peasants , no laws to hold them accountable for their wicked evil deeds against peasants , an example already in how much corruption in fed. gov’t & some states , not much can be done , when all executive & most legislative is CORRUPT !!!!!!!

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

DIMMs have always loved Communist dictators. Teddy Kennedy tried to subvert Ronald Reagan when he acted against the USSR. But now that Putin (as bad as he is) has thrown out communism, the DIMMs hate Russia. [But still take their bribes]

RBC
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Very true! Thank you for pointing that out … glaring absence of engagement, or why does the dog not bark?

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  RBC

I would really like to know someday what exactly United States administrations were promised decades ago by CCP officials in order to get them all to treat China so gingerly, despite the fact they have never abidded by any international agreement or promise we have with them. I mean it is just so transparent most of the time in terms of how we do everything but genuflect when the subject of China is brought up. I get the finacial angle or at least the promise of great economic rewards for access to the so-called Chinese marketplace, but even that has so many various strings and conditions attached that almost all favor the CCP versus the United States. The sharp contrast in how we handle Russia versus China has always been fascinating.

George Washington's Admirer
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

I’d really like to know why the mainstream media doesn’t give adequate news regarding China? We are given virtually as little information as possible. Also, the news stories are almost never followed up. The story about the two civilians on the border of Poland; who were killed by Russians? What happened to this story? It feels like we are living behind the Iron Curtain? The technology is there; but, we are kept in the dark!

PaulE
1 month ago

Generally the news from several sources overseas is far more comprehensive than what you’ll find here in the United States. You can get a lot of it on-line, as most overseas networks live stream news these days.

Most of our news media here is basically reading off the same script (same language used, same phrases repeated, same talking points repeated from network to network), that is supplied by those favorable to the Democrats that run and control the administrative state within the federal government. Thus the shoddy or spotty biased news on so many different subjects of consequence.

I generally watch news sources from 9 to 12 different sources on-line and around the world each day. It all depends on the stories of interest that I track. Much more thorough and complete that what is reported here. Also a lot of stories tend to be buried here by the media, if the stories run counter to what the narrative is that they are suposed to be promoting on any given day. It’s up to the individual to keep themselves informed. The information is all readily available until the government starts restricting the Internet like in China.

George Washington's Admirer
1 month 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!

Coonie
1 month ago

AMEN it is , but , HIS WORD OF PROPHECY , in Revelation ( lots ) , Old Testament ( some ) , New Test. ( some ) , future events have not happened yet , ” The Time of Jacob’s Trouble ”
7 year period , may be very soon here , death & destruction the world has not seen since the flood ?

Dennis Belotti
1 month 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.

John Bass
1 month ago
Reply to  Dennis Belotti

I couldn’t agree more about conservative leaders, but we need these leaders to also have a backbone. As for major protest, it needs to be by the silent majority and it needs to actually be protest, not riots like the left has and then call them protest…oh wait a minute, we already did. It was labeled as an insurrection!

Granny
1 month 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
1 month ago
Reply to  Granny

Big AMEN !

Augustin Omar
1 month ago
Reply to  Granny

Granny, I am with you

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Hooray Yes

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