Give me a hundred million dollars and a thousand dedicated people, and I will guarantee to generate such a wave of democratic unrest among the masses–yes, even among the soldiers–of Stalin’s own empire, that all his problems for a long period of time to come will be internal. I can find the people. – Sidney Hook, 1949
The US is surrounding China with immense military force and a ‘Great Wall’ of nuclear missiles threatening to massacre all 1.400 million Chinese in minutes. China is now portrayed as a mortal threat to US privileges and economic control of the planet. Every day more and more blatant illegal sanctions are heaped on China, along with a billion dollar campaign producing a daily deluge of media ”disinformation”.
Alongside the iron boot goes ”soft power” financing, via the US Embassy, all kinds of good things from art competitions to women’ps rights, from climate change to playschools, but always with an undercurrent of sparking a ‘colour revolution’ and youth rebellion. China has never been a western democracy. Forcing it into the questionable north American mold shows no respect for its 3000 year old culture, and as the article asserts, is just another obvious excuse for perpetuating unfair US domination.
”..Section 136, which also is not included in the McCaul bill,would authorize appropriations totaling $500 million over FY22-26 not only to support U.S. state media such as Radio Free Asia, but also to fund training for “local media” and “independent media,” in efforts to “combat Chinese disinformation.” Funds would target coverage aimed at discrediting Chinese activities such as the Belt and Road Initiative..”
Is the US embassy in China recruiting ‘traitors’?.. Of course they are:
Recently, the US embassy in China announced on their website an open competition for awards available through their public diplomacy grants programme.
They would support individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), think tanks, and academic institutions in China in promoting American society, history, culture, arts and values.
”These efforts would go towards helping the Chinese understand the US better”. The maximum amount for each award is US$30,000 (about S$39,000).
A man and a boy ride on an electric bike during a sandstorm in Beijing on 15 April 2021. (Nicolas Asfouri/shared with thanks)
However, Chinese media have interpreted the move as the US recruiting the “fifth column” within China. One Chinese article by Chinese state media was headlined “US Embassy in China Dangles Reward of Up to US$30,000 to Recruit ‘Traitors’ in China” while the title of the English version of the article read “US Embassy Increasingly Offensive in Pushing ‘Peaceful Evolution’ in China by Roping in Activists with Money”. The US embassy in China is now a target of criticism.
The initiative includes programmes that provide a framework for US businesses in China to share American values; expanding access for persons with disabilities, women’s empowerment, LGBTQI rights, and the preservation of minority cultures; collaboration in sustainable development, sustainable finance, energy issues, eco-tourism, and other related fields; mutual sharing of expertise in environmental protection including of habitats and wildlife unique to China; and public outreach on limiting and mitigating the impact of climate change.
The initiative also states that programmes relating to partisan political activity, charitable or development activities, and programmes that support specific religious activities are not eligible for funding.
”Also, the initiative is run by the US State Department, which to put it plainly is “selling dog meat as mutton”, or false advertising”. – Chinese state media.
Public diplomacy or exporting ‘colour revolution’?
Global Times, a publication under the People’s Daily, ran a long article under the pen name Bu Yidao, claiming that this programme is being initiated by the US State Department under the guise of “‘public diplomacy’ to propagate and infiltrate all parts of China, including Hong Kong and Macau, and provide funding and transfer benefits to ‘specified individuals’ or ‘organisations’ under the cover of cultural activities, and may even aim to instigate a “colour revolution”.
Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle China with missiles, bombers, warships and nuclear weapons.
The article cited Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University, saying that based on the text itself, the initiative seems to focus on human values, interests, and rights.
However, the problem is that issues such as environmental protection, feminist rights, and ethnic minority issues are highly politicised in the US, while the initiative claims that it does not support “programmes relating to partisan political activity”, which is an obvious cover-up. Also, the initiative is run by the US State Department, which to put it plainly is “selling dog meat as mutton”, or false advertising.
Li further said the initiative states that it does not support charitable or developmental activities, which means the project is not an unconditional giveaway. Also, there are two points that can be manipulated by the Americans: the selection process for funding recipients, and what happens to recipients after receiving funding and participating in the initiative.
The article felt that the US is exporting “colour revolution” under the pretext of caring for the rights of women, animals, and minorities under the call for “equality”. However, behind all that is “incitement toward extremes”.
Take the US National Endowment for Democracy for example. Women’s rights organisations are at the top of its 2019 list of fundings for NGOs in China. However, noted the article, “those NGOs don’t really promote women’s rights in China, but use a variety of social media platforms to promote extreme rumours like ‘China is the leading country in patriarchal violence’ and ‘it is a dark time for women’ to stoke familial, matrimonial, social, and political system hatred and even ignite a ‘revolution’. Some have even colluded with Hong Kong and Xinjiang separatists.”……