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The China Model - Lessons To Be Learned

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The United States and China are locked in a trade war that shows no signs of abating. The Trump Administration's talking points is that America is winning. But the Chinese are playing "the long game" and can wait out the American president. Not for the very first time in recent history, a rising power is challenging an existing one as it consolidates its strategic moves in the global sphere. And despite China's meteoric rise and economic success as the world's second largest economy, it is still little understood in the western world. So, let me start with a prophetic statement by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who called China a sleeping lion two centuries ago. He said that when that lion awakened, "she will shake the world." He was right.

Nowadays its politically en vogue to label China as "a miracle" in the socio-economic sphere. Indeed, the Chinese economic conundrum is at odds with the so-called "traditional understanding of socialism" and the fact that the country seems as odds with not just socialism but embracing western market strategies in a mix that still befuddles western thinkers. Moreover, adding to the puzzlement is the fact that while liberal democratic nations that embraced "market economics" and developmental models have gone into stress and stagnation, China has grown, developed, and this process has been stable even in the face of the last global recession that western countries are still digging themselves out of.

Yes, the fundamental fact is that China is a very different nation that plays by its own set of political and economic rules. That's what so irks and galls those who wholeheartedly embrace western capitalist "free market" systems in the context of liberal democracies. This can only be attributed to the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is fundamentally and markedly different from the western system where multiple parties wage constant political contests to hold office in turn, often dividing the populace along narrow partisan political lines. The CPC IS a modern Marxist Party and its publicly stated over and over again that it's not about to abandon socialism as the system that undergirds its economic transformation.

This is at the crux of the Chinese Conundrum: How could such an ancient, agrarian civilization modernize so quickly while under the leadership of a Marxist Party a party that rejects completely the tennents of western democratic liberalism? For me the explanation lies in the simple fact that politically China is the epitome of stability in a very volatile and undulating world economic international system a very necessary ingredient in both internal and external economic growth and development. So, we can cry, yell and criticize all we want but without the CPC and its strong and UNITED leadership, the "Chinese Miracle" would never have been possible. Period.

This much maligned political system in the west that believe only "western democracy and free market capitalism" can bring economic growth, individual progress and change, is erroneous for two things. First, western democracies are notoriously messy and the process for changing political processes and systems are very disruptive. The system creates periodic economic chaos, gross inequality, economic booms and bursts, social disruptions, and thus, is inherently unstable. By contrast, the Chinese system - so far - is a relatively stable system that is built on long-term planning and efficiency.

For years, we've been stridently been told that a "one party" system/state is fundamentally undemocratic, anti-people, and systematically oppressive. The leadership of China is often described as both dictatorial and authoritarian. The better system, we're told, is western style democracy that is firstly "open and free" and all about the people. Such rhetoric belies the fundamental facts when it comes to China and helps to perpetuate the mass ignorance surrounding the country: China's rise was accompanied by not making the mistakes of western countries, and understanding and embracing a pragmatic home-grown Chinese system based on its history, culture and heritage. The CPC as a modern political organization serves as the first and foremost answer to understanding the China miracle.

Finally, there is the fallacy that socialism and a capitalist market economy are incompatible. I do not believe so. China has embraced SOME western market economic models, and has successfully married them to socialist norms. It's also taken a more nuanced approach to modern socialism by rejecting the old rigid and dogmatic thinking that the "party alone must command the heights of the national economy" something that greatly contributed to the demise of the former Soviet Union.

The Chinese Model is more closely aligned with the Cuban Model that would be another economic "miracle" if it can be unshackled from the United States six decades old blockade. So, essentially China has prudently and pragmatically learned from the errors of western market driven systems, picked and improved on its successes, while avoiding its failures and weaknesses, and made them compatible with socialist norms and practices.

While western nations are today ruled by political oligarchs, multinational corporations, and big banks, political parties and elected leaders pay lip service to serving "we the people," while they are really beholden to big business whose interests run counter to those of "we the people." In this context, western democracy has been corrupted and undermined by a small, rich very rich number of people who appropriate the vast majority of wealth leaving millions to suffer daily and struggling to eke out a mere existence. That's why there is so much protests and riots across the globe today from Latin America to Europe.

For all of its faults, the CPC has always been people-centered. Many developing nations have sought to build their economies and nations using versions of market economics and liberal democracy, copying the United States and the United Kingdom in the main. China has gone down a very different path. It's not abandoned its socialist/Marxist platform and philosophy, but refined and modernized it. That's why from 1979 to 2019 China was able to lift 800 million people out of poverty. The key to China's success is a good balance between the roles of the government and the market.

Lastly, most people in the west believe modern countries must be either western or westernized. For them that is the success matrix. However, by resisting westernization China is driven by its own internal logic. I know that this statement is scoffed at by western political leaders and academics: The CPC sees people first - not capital - as the most important resource in Chinese society. Proof of this is that over the past 40 years, China's aggregate economic performance has surpassed that of Britain, France, Germany and Japan, and, as I said before, over 800 million people have been lifted out of poverty - a modern day economic miracle not achieved before by any nation on earth. I believe that there are many lessons to be learned here, and beyond a shadow of doubt China must be doing something right.

 

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Thank you for another reasoned non partisan article.

Forgive me for the excessively long comment.

There is no question that China has reemerged to provide leadership to the world. The uni polar world led by the west and US must be dismantled/destroyed and those who have committed crimes against humanity be held accountable.

My concern about China is its full embrace of 5G technology without studying the gathering objections to its use because of what will be its affect on humans. In my opinion, the Chinese embrace of technology, is reactionary. It seems to be eager to demonstrate to the world that it is more capable than the west in creating new technology. The Chinese will again contribute and lead the world in brilliant breakthroughs.

A US firm performed gene editing to produce hornless cows and in the process created a genetically modified organism cow. Although its GMO cow had no horns, the editing process added bacteria and anti bacteria DNA. These are errors. The FDA now believes the gene editing processes used in the industry may have produce GMOs that have unreported errors. Why? Because they are not expected, therefore no one is looking for them! And the firms engaged in such work are under pressure to push their frankensteins into the market place. The firm that has destroyed all but two of its 17 GMO cows containing new bacteria and anti bacteria genetic DNA, one of which is pregnant, wanted to save money and asked the FDA if they could turn the hornless cows into hamburger instead of paying to have them destroyed. Again the FDA did something right for humanity. They said no. I sincerely hope that this becomes a new standard for the FDA.

The Chinese have also performed a gene editing of two human embryos that have developed into female twins. What are the implications for the future of these human twins...or the rest of the world for that matter?

The other concern I have is China's embrace of surveillance. The Chinese development of surveillance capability will surpass that of the US and west. We have to ask what is the benefit of being able to control and mold a human being into what the state wants? These forces will push further into the world as China takes it place.

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China has never been "Communist," under Mao it was Maoism; being provided luxury the average citizen was denied.


China didn't steal jobs from the west, it was greedy Capitalists like tRump who off-shored, out-sourced American manufacturing there to maximize shareholder ROI, exploit cheap labor and circumvent EPA laws; after Reagan fired the union FAA Air Traffic Controllers. Not following through on the Carter Energy Policy now has China leading the world in fast train and alternative energy use and research. These misguided domestic/foreign policies helped lay the foundation for the PRC/CCP to now threaten US economic/military interests and Taiwan.


The Socialist POTUS King Con Don is clueless about how China is advancing their BRI and once its built out (if humanity has this long), the USA will be cut off from these markets. The trade was is also causing family farmers to sell out to the corporate food producers, providing more control to those who want to enslave the world.


The surveillance system western companies are eagerly assisting the PRC in developing will make its way to west in the very near future. This with RFID and 5G will monitor everyone in real time, cell phone data, computer activity is downloaded to fusion centers nightly for future processing if necessary. The Chinese system of government will become the model western governments will assume once Agenda 21 is fully enforced.


So, enjoy the slow downward slide in life and smoke em if you got em, cause the future does not look bright for the majority of us.


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Right on the mark Stan. Grim though.

These misguided domestic/foreign policies helped lay the foundation for the PRC/CCP to now threaten US economic/military interests and Taiwan.

I interpret the threat to be in the West's eyes, i.e. a threat to the west's project of total world domination.

Also as you rightly point out it was the West's greed that gave intellectual property to the Chinese in hopes of exploiting the giant Chinese consumer market, all the while throwing US and western middle classes under the bus of disinvestment and debt slavery. Most of us still don't realize how we were sold back down the river to the ruling oligarchical plantation.

Whenever I hear a western capitalist complain about Chinese IP theft, they can just STFU or talk to the hand because I've heard this false narrative too many times before.

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Whenever I read a Paul Craig Roberts article that condemns administrations for their Crimes and malfeasance, that omits the Reagan administration of parallel crimes and worse committed when he was a part of the Reagan cabal that raped/pillaged 3rd world countries in exchange for drugs; all the while swapped wife Nancy's "Just Say No" joke of a program and the War Of Drugs" waged across the inner city's of the country was taking place.


Supplying weapons to Reagan "Freedom Fighter's" Al-CIAda, Taliban and even Iran; as the Iran-Contra weapons for cocaine scandal proved; costing the country trillions and scores of US soldiers killed, maimed and committing suicide in the farce War of Terror against these relabeled "Terrorist's."


Those who voted for Reagan never realized their candidate would sell out the USA to the very group and political party he claimed to despise (PRC/CCP). Sounds very similar to the current Socialist POTUS King Con Don; who share similar traits to Reagan. Both being B-rated actors, multiple adulterers/sexual predators, Turncoat Democrats, whose misguided policies have bloated the federal budget. Reagan's not having a damn thing to do with the collapse of the former USSR and tRump wanting to provide nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 17 alleged PNAC hijackers came from. If those involved in Iran-Contra had hung for their Crimes, then their would have been no PNAC 9/11 and Farce of Terror it instigated.


$0 years of pursuing foolish policy and spending trillions to boot, while the PRC has lifted untold millions out of poverty. The BRI provides economic development while the USA destroys these very same countries with bullying, sanctions and threats of illegal military intervention. It's no wonder why many countries see their future aligned with China than the west.


Denmark just announced the Nordstream-2 pipeline to cross its borders in to Europe, another blow to the tRump Energy doctrine. The rest of the world has left the USA and its puppet of a president behind.


The west sold the rope to hang itself, so a few could reap/rape these benefits. By relocating to China gave the PRC the newest equipment, run by the latest technology of the day. This is what allowed the PRC to leapfrog its way into the 21st century;along with Deng's cat strategy.

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You had an outstanding string of hits going until you blamed the democrats for a bloated federal budget. Shirley you understand both the democrats and republicans work for the same master? Sort of misleading to blame one for malfeasance when both share in the same skulduggery?

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Both Reagan and tRump were Democrats in their early political lives. Swapped wife Nancy encouraged Ronnie to switch knowing stupid Republicans would vote him into office after being groomed by their handlers to do so.


tRump was a former Democrat that became a Republican to be selected its "leader" sic.


Yes, I realize both Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the sane coin out to rip off the taxpayer. This is why my conscience would never allow me to vote GOP and the last Democrat I voted for was Jimmy Carter.

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