Michelle’s Visit to China Speaks Volumes – Is Anyone Listening?

While the Eukraine crisis continues and sanctions create tensions, Michelle and her daughters are visiting in China for a weeklong visit emphasizing education and cultural exchange. (Read that more like propagandizing our youth, as they do in China and Russia with their educational systems, and what globalist one-world enthusiasts refer to as “harmonization” which is to say the comfortable blending of unique cultures into one “convergence”, i.e. transformed, culture- a goal of the one world government crowd.)

It is said that one can judge a person by the company they keep. Perhaps Michelle’s unscheduled, surprise visit on her first day from Xi Jinping, referred to in the media as the “President of China” serves as such a clue toMichelleObama_and_Xi_handshake the Obama administration character?

Interestingly, Michelle greeted him in an appropriately colored red dress with a matching color scheme from her youngest daughter as well. Accidental or intentional I can’t say but how often does Michelle wear all red I wonder? Just curious.

The visit with Xi, while seemingly just a casual social meeting, to me says volumes about the Obama administration and its intent if you accept that you can judge a person (or administration) by the company they keep. So I decided to do a little research on who this Xi guy is and what kind of a character he represents.

Who is Xi Jinping?

First of all, he is not “just” the President of China. The 61 year old Xi Jinping is also formally the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As General Secretary, he is also an ex officio member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee which is China’s de facto top decision-making body.

According to the Chinese Constitution, the General Secretary must be a member of Politburo Standing Committee, China’s de facto top decision-making body. Since the early 1990s, the holder of the post has been, except for transitional periods, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission making the holder the leader of the People’s Republic of China

Since the abolition of the post Chairman of the Communist Party of China in 12th Central Committee in 1982, the General Secretary is the highest-ranking official of the party and heads the Central Secretariat, Political bureau and its Standing Committee.

Since its founding, the most important position in the People’s Republic of China has been that of the General Secretary. As a single party state, the Communist party leader holds ultimate power and authority over state and government.

In other words, Xi Jinping, is a very powerful man in China. More powerful than the simple media label of President of China conveys which conveniently ignores the Communist Party connections.

To give you an idea of where Xi stands on the power table in China a list of general secretaries and chairmen quickly reveals that one of the most known of these leaders was Mao Zedong who served as the Chairman of the Communist Party from 1943 to his death in 1976. A nice lineage to follow for Xi.

A Pointed Warning to Michelle

“China views Mrs Obama’s trip most positively,” said Shen Dingli, professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai. “If she is humble and respectful, she will win the support from the Chinese public for building good relationships with the United States under the leadership of her husband.”

In other words, if she stays in line, we will give her the Communist stamp of approval. With the red dress greeting, I don’t think that will be a problem Mr. Dingli. Not to worry. She’ll be good for sure.

Some of Xi’s Pet Projects

Secretary General Xi has some interesting pet projects. For example, as noted in the New York Times (a long time Corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations, just sayin.):

SHANGHAI — President Xi Jinping is presiding over a new working group on cybersecurity and information security, China announced on Thursday, a sign that the Communist Party views the issue as one of the country’s most pressing strategic concerns.

The government said Mr. Xi and two other senior leaders, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Liu Yunshan, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, would help draft national strategies and develop major policies in a field that might include protecting national secrets and developing digital defenses, among other goals. “Efforts should be made to build our country into a cyberpower,” Mr. Xi said in a statement released after the first meeting of the group on Thursday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The announcement comes as Mr. Xi is solidifying power, mounting a bold crackdown on corruption at the top of the Communist Party and pushing through overhauls aimed at strengthening and restructuring the country’s economy. In his first year in office, Mr. Xi, 60, seems determined to signal that he is firmly in control, amassing powers that some analysts say hark back to Deng Xiaoping’s tenure as the country’s supreme leader. 

Note: In other words, China does not strongly encourage individual expression and will have the chops to make sure it doesn’t happen too often.

Another Pet Project

Elite in China Face Austerity Under Xi’s Rule

The crackdown appears to be real, as far as it goes, which may not be very far. After a year of scandal that led to the toppling of a member of the Politburo, Bo Xilai, and numerous reports of widespread official corruption, Mr. Xi’s highly public campaign seems aimed at curtailing the most conspicuous displays of wealth by people in power. He has done little to tackle the concentrations of money and power in China’s state-directed economy that have allowed numerous members of the Chinese elite and their extended families to amass extravagant fortunes.

Some analysts note that even a modest first step toward reducing corruption, a proposed regulation that would require top officials to disclose their personal assets publicly, appears to be stalled, highlighting the elite’s resistance to real change.

Wu Qiang, a political science professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, expressed cynicism about the moderation campaign, saying it distracted attention from the kinds of political reform necessary to make government more accountable and transparent. “More than just restricting people’s eating habits, we need to restrain the party’s power, otherwise this is just political farce,” he said.

Parallel with Obama Perhaps?

Xi Jinping consolidates power and stabilizes China

David Ignatius, Washington Post, Opinions, Published: February 28, 2014

“Since taking over as party chief in November 2012 and as president last March, Xi has transformed what was a colorless collective leadership into an aggressive instrument of control and reform. “Xi Jinping marks the arrival of a golden age for Chinese neo-authoritarianism,” commented Chinese scholar Xiao Gongqin in a November 2013 interview with the New York Times.

The “princeling” son of a famous revolutionary and a fan of the movie “The Godfather,” Xi has used all the levers of power in this one-party society. He has launched an anti-corruption campaign that targeted top officials of Beijing’s state security bureau, the national oil company and other previously untouchable power centers.

Like so much in modern China, Xi’s reforms are a study in contradiction. He proposes at once that market forces have a “decisive” role in the Chinese economy and that state ownership play a “leading” role. A Chinese official conceded during a conference here that “it’s obvious” there is a conflict between the two mandates, but both are attempts to “crack the nuts” that block change.

“The old way is unsustainable,” this official told the conference, the Stockholm China Forum, which was organized by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (of which I am a trustee). But the official stressed that “We should not expect that reforms led by the Communist Party will weaken the party’s leadership.” Quite the opposite; Xi wants to enhance the party’s power.

So, What is Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream Anyway?

“The fear is that Xi is a nationalist, who has set China on an aggressive course of bullying its neighbors and confronting the United States.

The fear seems not unfounded. China has intensified its territorial claims, from island disputes with Japan to vast areas of the South China Sea.

Xi frequently inspects People’s Liberation Army forces, especially naval fleets, exhorting China’s military to “get ready to fight and to win wars” and “to win regional warfare under I.T.-oriented conditions.”

Xi holds China’s top three positions: head of the ruling Communist Party of China, head of state, and, as chairman of the Central Military Commission, head of the military. He will likely lead China for a decade.

The Chinese Dream has four parts: Strong China (economically, politically, diplomatically, scientifically, militarily); Civilized China (equity and fairness, rich culture, high morals); Harmonious China (amity among social classes); Beautiful China (healthy environment, low pollution).

Xi was not selected by Deng Xiaoping, the architect of reform, as were his predecessors (Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao), and he was not elected by the people.

To perpetuate its rule (which China’s top leaders truly believe is essential for the well-being of the country), the Chinese Communist Party has constructed a grand narrative that is founded on three critical claims: Only the Communist Party can continue to improve citizen’s standard of living (and ameliorate severe social and economic disparities); only the party can maintain a stable, unified country and construct a happy, harmonious society; and only the party can effect the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” which stresses a firm command of “core interests” (i.e., sovereignty and territoriality) and increasing global respect.

Late last year, Mr. Xi was named to head a leading working group on overall change and a state security committee that some experts say was inspired by the National Security Council, which advises American presidents. He has also presided over a government that has tightened control over the news media and Internet microblogs.”

Note: All of the above re: Xi’s dream points to collectivism. That is that the collective is greater than the individual. Individual freedoms and liberties must be sacrificed for the greater good- a decidedly Marxist point of view.

The Overall Purpose of Michelle’s Trip? Just Pleasantries

Michelle Obama, the first US president’s wife to visit China independently, thanked Xi for the warm reception, telling him: “We have had a wonderful first day here in China.”

He (Xi) responded: “I cherish my sound working relationship and personal friendship I have already established with your husband. We stay in close touch.

Gee, I never got that impression from our media yet obviously Xi has a different viewpoint than our media. My questions are:

What kind of a “sound working relationship”?

And how close a touch?

Keep in mind that this statement is being made by the Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party or its de facto head.

Earlier in the day, Obama played table tennis at Beijing’s elite Second High School and met students who were building robots. The school has 33 American exchange students, and some of its Chinese students aspire to study in the US. How appropriate that Michelle visit a school where they are building robots. I can not help but think that this seems like a nice parallel to the Obama administration dream to me.

Even though the purpose of Michelle’s trip is ostensibly simply to emphasize education and cultural exchange, her meetings with remarkable men like Xi speaks volumes once you understand just who this man really is and what he represents. He is more than just a casual social visitor greeting a first lady. He stated so when he referred to his close working relationship with Barack with whom he stays in touch.

There is to me quite obviously more than meets the eye here and more to come for sure. Of course, no reporters from the U.S. were allowed to accompany Michelle to China. We just get to pay for it and they get to spin it. The question is who profits? Why so chummy with a communist party leader I wonder? Do they all share the same dream perchance?

I don’t know, it all just seems kind of reddish to me.

 


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