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 Tibet, Christians, 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