Saving People & The Planet
China’s Role in Covid-19
I’m not really known for mincing words and I have a tendency to be pretty direct with what I want to say. This may be good or bad depending on the perspective. However, there is one area where I have no qualms expressing my opinion and that is the area regarding my views on China.
China’s CCP has helped bring the world’s economies to their knees through its oppression of free speech of heroes in China who tried warning the world of a dangerous outbreak called COVID-19.
We witnessed doctors and journalists in China being rounded-up, punished, disappeared, even dying from the illness they tried warning the world about. To China’s CCP, the appearance of stability and control was more important than the threat of a deadly pathogen that it tried to cover-up. Keeping up appearances prevented international health experts from the CDC and WHO from studying to help prevent an outbreak.
On top of that, China’s CCP has repeatedly lied about their infection rates and death rates while minimizing its actual blame and role in this whole tragedy. Instead, they launched a propaganda campaign of sending aid to European nations. Later which, those nations found the medical protective gear donated to them was counterfeit and offered no protection along with antibody tests failing to work at all.
China’s CCP lied and we must all hold them accountable. It’s time to examine our relationship with this regime. I think it’s time for the world to cut China out of the loop and repatriate or localize supply chains after this disaster. We will all need it for economic recovery in the end. The CCP will only continue to smile while it tries stabbing us in the back.
What is the CCP?
China’s government is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and it is NOT the Chinese people. The CCP has spent generations brainwashing the populace with propaganda about how they have been wronged by others and that they can only survive through the CCP. China’s citizens are told that they must sacrifice their own goals for the CCP’s agenda and that they will be outcasts and enemies of the state if they have more children than their draconian restrictions describe as acceptable by the party.
The CCP has done this through the government-controlled national media outlets, continually feeding the people of China with social engineering to sway them towards outcomes the party favors. They’ve imbedded government proctors into companies to monitor how they behave or what they produce in efforts to control messaging, and they have created a large police state through a massive surveillance program along with technology/app integration.
Through this surveillance program, the CCP monitors, tracks, shames, reprimands, punishes, or abducts its citizens. This has grave implications on the civil liberties and human rights of the people of China and everyone who visits this nation. We have seen this play out with videos posted online of civilians walking across roads between lights and immediately having that individual’s I.D. plastered onto an nearby billboard and, presumably, being fined through text and having their “social credit score” docked points for being shamed while jay walking.
We have also seen the darker side of this where more than an estimated one million Uighurs have been imprisoned for practicing Islam. They are being sent to concentration camps in Western China to be “reëducated” to not have a higher belief other than the communist party. Uighur wives are being left with Han men who are CCP members. There are reports that the Uighur women are being forced to sleep in the same bed as the men from the Communist party, and being raped, for them to assimilate into the CCP “family.”
Aside from the Uighurs, the practitioners of Falun Gong are being imprisoned for following their beliefs. Both of these groups have suffered unimaginable treatment and are being used as Guinea pigs for the CCP’s organ harvesting program. These political prisoners have had their organs involuntarily harvested to supply a $1Billion+ Chinese secondary market. Foreign nationals are allowed to schedule an organ transplant and fly-in to receive organs from nearby concentration camps of Uighurs and Falun Gong.
What was their crime to warrant having their organs and lives take from them? Threatening the agenda and undermining the messaging of the CCP itself. The CCP sees any free-thinking or outside thought contrary to its stance as a threat to its stability and a crime against the people of China. So, do you find yourself not supporting oppression and lack of free speech? Then you’re a criminal and you’re subject to die in a concentration camp.
China’s CCP is also practicing predatory infrastructure loan traps to expand its influential reach across the globe. It has created a predatory program called the “Belts & Roads Initiative”(BRI) where they enter into agreements with nations, mostly poor and under-developed, where they bring in Chinese labor to build highway and railway systems to connect cities for commerce. The problem is that these expenses are massive and the nations have no way of paying off the debt. The debt represents 15% of many nations’ GDP and some of those nations, such as Kenya, owe 72%+ of its debt to China through these sorts of programs or even upwards of 70% of a nation’s GDP.
Is the CCP just super generous and wanting to give out $5Trillion worth of free money? No, absolutely not. The CCP is playing the long game where it is waiting for those nations to default or take out more loans to pay the interest on their older debts. With this, China is buying exclusive mining rights for hundreds of years in poor nations where it can exploit them for their natural resources to pay off a previous debt from building roads. In other places, they’ve trapped island and port nations so that China can cancel the debt owed in exchange for waterway access and ports for hundreds of years. This is a game of dominance, much like the board game “Risk,” and the world is largely ignoring this predatory behavior.
However, it doesn’t end there. China’s CCP has stolen the Intellectual Property of the world’s tech and telecom companies to roll out analogues to then sell back to nations in Europe. Chinese theft of I.P. is at an all-time high with 25% of companies reporting that China has stolen from them in the last year alone. That’s where Huawei comes into play. It is trying to sell its 5G communication networks across Europe and the world. Is the CCP wanting to connect people and improve lives? No. The CCP is wanting to control data and have access to communications across the globe where they can continue to expand its theft of I.P. and control what the world sees about China’s actions through pressuring freedom of expression in nations that still have civil liberties. Why? Because that’s what China’s CCP does domestically in China. It controls through fear and through suppressing the free speech of dissenting voices.
This is the CCP. This is what we are empowering and supporting with our trade dollars. This is one of the many reasons that we need to stop enriching the Chinese government and have it die on the vine from economic collapse.\
We, as Americans, have turned a blind eye to China’s atrocities for the last thirty years. Offshore manufacturing has settled into China and caused a huge economic boom there, under the auspice of “Special Economic Zones”(SEZ) through the concessions that the CCP has made, by allowing for foreign entities to have manufacturing facilities operate for export using Chinese labor.
These changes have given easy access to American companies to produce their goods without the constraints and obligations of labor requirements domestically. In the short-term, it helped boost companies’ stock values and returns by trying to position them to as “service industry” while manufacturing is offloaded overseas. In the long-term, this represents a threat to the companies doing business in China through state-sponsored Intellectual Property theft of their products, it’s a threat to globalized dependence on supply chains, it’s a threat by enriching a dangerous regime to export its oppressive ideology, it’s a threat by empowering the CCP’s flagrant digital abuses with state-sponsored hacking efforts, it’s a moral hazard that the companies are complicit in the human rights and civil rights abuses that their efforts finance, and it’s an existential threat to the globe through both building up a totalitarian regime’s adversarial military forces while also contributing to out-of-control maritime transportation pollution.
Aside from the threat of the totalitarian efforts of China’s CCP, the pollution caused by supporting its export economy is helping to destroy our planet. Approximately 20% of the atmospheric pollution on our planet comes from the oceanic transport industry.
Localizing Supply Chains
After we stabilize our workforce and financial footing, America and other nations need to focus on helping their people and nearby neighbors. We can do this by refocusing how our commercial supply chains are organized and through modernizing our transport infrastructure.
While off-loading manufacturing, we’ve neglected our domestic infrastructure, treating it more as a relic of our past industrial might from a post-war era where the future was full of amazing promise that we could only dream up for a sci-fi film. Instead, that capital was sent to China they have built the modern cities that America began dreaming of in the 1950s.
According to information compiled by Statista,there are approximately 34,000 General Cargo Ships, Bulk Carrier Ships, and Container Ships cruising our oceans at any given moment. This is how we largely obtain goods from China, through oceanic transport.
Cargo ships don’t use regular fuel to move their goods. They use the cheapest and most filthy sludge that money can buy, and it’s called “Bunker Fuel.” Bunker Fuel is a byproduct of oil refining where the thick tar-like sludge is left over. That is what ships use for fuel. It’s one of the most awful forms of petroleum used in our modern era as it emits horrendous amounts of sulfur and pollutants into the atmosphere. This pollution is largely overlooked and unregulated because those ships are out in the open ocean and out of view of everyday citizens. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind.
According to a report by iNews UK, it’s estimated that each cargo ship creates the same amount of pollution as 50 Million passenger cars. They also state that a mere 15 of the large container ships create more pollution than all of the passenger cars on the planet combined. If that doesn’t make you think about our supply chains and the implications of offshore dependence, then I don’t know what will. On average, it takes around 12 days for a cargo ship leaving Shenzhen, China to arrive in Los Angeles, CA. During that time, it will burn on average 63,000 gallons of the Bunker Fuel sludge every day for a total of approximately 750,000 gallons during the voyage.
We are polluting our planet for cheap plastic crap from China and I hope that everyone can take this down time to think about the unintended consequences of our doing business with the CCP.
A Solution Could Be Mexico
I have thought a lot about what we could do to both create jobs in America, reduce dependency on an adversary like China’s CCP, and lift-up our neighbors.
If American companies would both repatriate manufacturing and relocate supply chains to nearby neighbors, then we could both have a wonderfully vibrant economy and social stability. I think Mexico would appreciate it. I went to school with many international students and I had one sharp classmate, who is from Mexico, explain very succinctly how our economies are intertwined. He said, “If America sneezes, Mexico gets a cold.” If our economy slows down, then Mexico is at risk of much more drastic downturns and currency devaluation.
Mexico is full of amazing and talented people that we can rely on. We would have a much better experience in trade with them as an ally than what we have with our adversary, the CCP of China.
Here are a few bullet points that I think could help improve our position.
- Immigration issues with Mexico could largely be solved through increased manufacturing and trade with Mexico. As we increase trade with our neighbor, their economy will boom and become more stable while also increasing the per capita annual wages of its citizens. This will create a more stable environment for the Mexican people and improve their quality of life immensely.
- We can also address the drug cartel crisis that torments and plagues the people of Mexico. With increased individual wealth and increased jobs opportunities creating a better life, the drug cartels will become less and less relevant as a source of money that can be given to the people to do their bidding for them. It won’t be worth the hassle.
- We can expedite prototyping and shipment to the U.S. for our supply chains. Instead of waiting 40+ days to receive products through oceanic shipping from China, our businesses could have their products in a matter of days to better address changing trends and market needs without having to plan four or more months in advance.
- A larger number of good-paying railway jobs can be created from an increased distribution system as it becomes an ever-important focal point for logistics.
- Reduced pollution. Trains move smaller amounts of cargo than cargo ships (around 10%) but they are quicker, they consume less fuel through a hybrid diesel-powered electric generator, and they burn a cleaner type of fuel that releases fewer atmospheric pollutants.
Let’s Be Better
We can vote where our dollars go in support of products and companies. We aren’t powerless. Corporations have switched to interactive marketing platforms focusing on increased involvement with customers through social media accounts. It’s an invaluable source of information that gives them insights on consumer trends and how to better improve their products or services in a rapid fashion.
All we really need to do is vote with our dollars and let our voices be heard. This also applies to supporting candidates who support initiatives to bring jobs back to the Americas and condemn regimes like the CCP for their horrendous human rights violations and crimes.
We can be better. We don’t have to have blood on our hands from doing business with the CCP. Let’s use our power as consumers to hold corporations and government accountable and use our resources to build up states and nations who value human rights and free trade.
We are all in this together and we are the only people who can help get us out of this predicament.