Almost three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States just entered into a new Cold War that promises to be even more complex. Yesterday, Chinese state media asserted that the government shutdown (which has already been solved) represented the “chronic flaws” in the American political system. In addition, this media outlet said that what the Democratic Party did by forcing the shutdown will make Western nations to rethink if democracy is the most “superior” kind of government.
Just as the Soviet Union acted during the previous Cold War, China is now spreading the idea that the American democratic system cannot fulfill the people’s needs. Naturally, we’re talking about a very ironic propaganda considering that it indirectly claims how the full power of the state is better than a limited government intervention and individual freedom. Of course, just as the Soviets did, China is not explicitly praising the alleged virtues of a communist dictatorship, considering that this type of propaganda wouldn’t be so effective.
As everyone knows, the U.S. government shut down Friday night after strong differences between Democrats and Republicans on immigration. On this issue, the left side of the political spectrum has shown its unwillingness to yield ground to ensure the protection of illegal aliens. Naturally, just as any other communist regime, China is now taking note of these problems in order to exploit them through the most aggressive type of propaganda.
The media outlet that published these ideas was China’s Xinhua News, which wrote in a Sunday editorial that “Washington loves to brand itself as a ‘shining city on the hill, yet the latest government shutdown in the heart of Western democracy has once again exposed its chronic flaws.” As you might noticed, the “shining city of the hill phrase” represented an ironic reference to former President Ronald Reagan.
What seems quite revealing about this move is the fact that this is one of the most famous Chinese media outlets in the world. Naturally, the Chinese regime is using this outlet to spread its propaganda around the globe in order to undermine the confidence in the U.S. model and democratic values.
In order destabilize, Xinhua even praised former president Barack Obama just to attack President Donald Trump. This media outlet pointed out that this new administration has backtracked on almost every single “notable policy” that Obama put in place.
Furthermore, Xinhua wrote that the only legacy that survived the transfer of power was “the spirit of noncooperation across party lines.” Logically, this media outlet was calling attention to the similar situation that took place during the Obama administration over the infamous healthcare reform.
The state-run outlet, as usual seizing the opportunity to attack the political system of the United States, also said that the democratic systems of the west have been “hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country.” However, Xinhua claimed that what was taking place in America over the last few days will make more people in the world to reflect “on the viability and legitimacy of such a chaotic political system.”
Far from ending there, the propaganda piece called the shutdown an embarrassment for political leaders in the United States. Of course, this wasn’t exactly a big surprise considering that this communist country also mocked the U.S. political system during the last presidential election. Another state-media named the Global Times wrote that political event would make everyone “rethink the value of democracy.”
Far from only wanting to undermine the western confidence in democracy, China is also trying to spread its ideological influence across the world. Just as the Soviet Union did during the Cold War, the main goal of this despicable regime is to dethrone the U.S. and become the most decisive power in the world.
A couple of months ago, when Chinese dictator Xi Jinping addressed the National Party Congress, he decided to compare the Chinese socialist ideologies against the democratic principles of Western nations. Jinping claimed that the success that China achieved through socialism reveals this is the only option for developing nations.
While the Trump administration has tried to establish a decent working relationship with this regime in order to solve the North Korean crisis, competition and confrontation keep representing the bilateral relationship between these nations.
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Recently, both the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy and the president’s National Security Strategy identified China as the main rival and the strategic competitor. In addition, this nation was considered as an eager figure that wants to upend the American-led international order.
Even if the economic predictions on China ends up being right, this would be a much more difficult Cold War than the last one. After all, China’s influence in the geopolitical stage is now way more powerful than the one the Soviets managed to achieve in their most powerful era.