The CCP Isn’t ‘China’ – So Let’s Stop Calling It That

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OPINION – One of the key components of today’s geopolitical and even domestic battle spaces is the information or narrative warfare domain. From falsely labelling your domestic opponents ‘extremists,’ to euphemistically calling your foreign enemies ‘competitors,’ it is all part of the bigger battle for hearts and minds.

And one big mistake we all make is referring to the brutal one-party communist dictatorship repressing the Chinese people and various other ethnic groups – as China. It isn’t.

But, by doing so we easily fall into the deceptive trap of being labeled anti-Chinese, or anti-China. Which we clearly are not. Time to flip the narrative.

China is a beautiful country with amazing people, and a rich, vibrant, and ancient pre-communist history spanning almost three millennia. It also has a more recent, short, grotesque, and bloody, 70-year history under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This brief CCP history involves very recent dramatic economic progress – after finally borrowing capitalism from the west – but also includes the worst mass murders in human history. People’s Republic of China (PRC) founder, CCP Chairman Mae Zedong (Chairman Mao), murdered upwards of 45-60 million of his own people and caused the subjugation, death, and misery of millions more.

Mao surpassed even ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin in the USSR and Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany for the title of history’s worst mass murderer. And the CCP oppression continues to this day.

This is ‘CCP China,’ not ‘China.’

And this is a critical distinction we must make. Just as the Allies in World War Two referred to ‘Nazi Germany’ and ‘Imperial Japan’ to highlight the horrible ideologies and regimes we were fighting, as opposed to the country or people, so too we must refer to CCP or Communist China as the foe, not China itself.

We are battling a dictatorial police state that enslaves and systematically represses its people, crushes democracy in Hong Kong, subjugates ethnic and religious minorities in TibetChristians, and others throughout China, and is conducting cultural, if not actual, genocide against its Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang. All while also daily threatening to invade and crush its Chinese brothers and sister on Taiwan.

The CCP is the enemy. Not China. And this is a critical distinction in our information/narrative war with the CCP. So, let’s stop calling it ‘China.’ – it’s ‘CCP China.’ Or just – the CCP.  Start calling it that today. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Ray
Ray
3 months ago

Excellent point and important. We’re beginning to feel it here – we Americans who do not want to be identified with our current policy-makers who, it seems, identify with the CCP.

john
john
3 months ago

Hopefully other countries make a distinction between Americans and the communists running our country under the banner of the Democratic Party.

John Kociuba
John Kociuba
3 months ago

Are you kidding me? After the war is won and China becomes a republic can America worry about semantics. This writer is suffering from “Robert McNamara Disease” a psychosis of self hypnosis that entices its victims to sympathize with your enemy during war.

America needs Hon. Curtis Lemay not Lloyd Austin , Berger, or Miley.

Respectfully,
🔺️

Ray R
Ray R
3 months ago
Reply to  John Kociuba

Exactly my thoughts! Thank you!

libra
libra
3 months ago
Reply to  John Kociuba

How about General George Patton also? I could not believe what Lloyd Austin is force feeding his troops in the way of Racial hatred” Critical Race Theory” and filling the armed services with LBJQT. That group all needs special considerations and will not be available to serve after the quarter of a million dollar surgery to change their sex plus all of the time off to recuperate. Frankly, I believe the free to them surgery is the magnet for their so called service. General Austin also is a Board member of the Raytheon Company which is a Pentagon Favorite. Anyone want to bet about how long before Joe gets the USA into another WAR?.

Recce1
Recce1
3 months ago
Reply to  John Kociuba

But do you view the Chinese people in a negative manner? That’s the critical question raised by this article.

Jawad
Jawad
3 months ago

Right on target. Once I had a great friend from Red China, an honest, noble man. He disappeared here in the US. Nobody knows where he is. Perhaps he sought to defect and succeeded. If not, the CCP likely caught up with him.

Frank
Frank
3 months ago

Stupid! The whole country sucks! They will do anything they want without concern for others! Stop the Bullshit!

Kevin P Kane
Kevin P Kane
3 months ago

The threat from Russia did not end with the fall of the Soviet Union. While these divisions give us quaint narratives, the threat from China also may not end with the fall of the CCP.

AmericaWakeUpNow
AmericaWakeUpNow
3 months ago

China needs to be back into the hands of the TRUE Chinese people, as America also needs to be put back into the control of the REAL Americans!!!!

libra
libra
3 months ago

Traitor Joe has been compromised by the CCP as He and Hunter and his Brothers and Sister formed a company with an office in Washington D.C in conjunction with their CCP business partners. Keys to the office were requested and even Dr. Jill was to have a key. Traitor Joe may be planning to make the USA a foreign subsidiary of the Chinese Country and the CCP The entire Clan of Biden Grifters needs to be examined for treasonous activities against the USA.

Liberty Belle
Liberty Belle
3 months ago

Rather like saying that Germany was not Nazi Germany. Make you feel better?


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