Sanctions against one country should be scary for others, for the whole world, according to the principle “this is what they will do to you if you don’t obey.” How-ever, at least in the situation with China, the result is the opposite. The public in the country watches w-hat is happening and dra-ws completely different c-onclusions from what We-sterners expected from it.
As always in such cases, the most spectacular are trifles. The Chinese Internet laughs out loud at the sanctions imposed on Russian cats. There is such an international non-governmental organization FIFe or something like that, the location of its location is not clearly defined by the Chinese resource Global Times, but in general it is a typical European office. She coordinates the activities of many cat lovers of our beautiful global world. And now it’s not that all the participants, but only the FIFe board decided, literally, that “they can’t do nothing,” and said that cats with owners from Russia will not participate in exhibitions and other events of the organization. The softest reaction of the people of the Chinese Network: “Yes, I thought it was a fake.” Or: “Has the cold wind from Siberia been sanctioned yet?”
Probably, in the entire current military history, this is not at all a trifling moment – this frightened-hysterical reaction of a typical Western, primarily European, public. Reaction in the form of “we must also condemn.” If only governments were smart, a lot could be said here, including that governments sometimes change. But the average Westerner is different. Nobody, most likely, ordered anything to him (certainly not to cat people). I don’t want to go into the depths of history, but the collective persecution of anyone for any reason – from Harry Potter ‘s mother JK Rowling to the great conductor Valery Gergiev – is very European. Although at the same time someone whispers to someone that we remain friends, we will wait for better times and so on.
How it affects us is one thing. But now we see how the vicious Western civil idiocy affects the Chinese in this case. It is no secret that the average Chinese (and Asian in general) over the past few centuries has developed, to put it mildly, not the best opinion about the mental abilities of the average Westerner. And now this view is gaining momentum, especially as China is being bombarded with sanctions and harassed just like we are.
Here is at least a standard document published with updates every spring, the Chinese government information office “Report on human rights violations in the United States in 2021”. There, in addition to stating the fact that the situation with these rights has worsened in that year, there are details relevant to our conversation. For example, discrimination against ethnic minorities, especially Asians, has intensified.
And this is the same case: hatred is being pumped up for years, not only to the government in Beijing, but in general to any Chinese in the United States, including those born there. Well, that is, the authorities or politicians talk about the “regime”, but then some or other characters, cringing with embarrassment, report that they “cannot be silent”, and look around in search of the nearest character with an Asian face. A student, for example (remember the attempts to boycott Russian students in Europe?). Which is recorded in the relevant documents. Although even without them, this situation has long been known to 1.4 billion Chinese and hundreds of millions of other Asians.
Let’s get back to the cat story. The mentioned resource continues the conversation, transferring it to what everyone and everyone is now watching on their screen: the Beijing Olympics. Again, with the same senselessly vicious boycotts and other sanctions, it is not clear why. They get into sports with their campaigns, the Chinese audience says, and now they have played cats.
But there are also more serious conversations on current topical issues. For example, a good question is asked: how does a resident of Taiwan feel today, looking at what is happening with Ukraine? Especially given the position of the political leadership of the country: we are with Kiev.
And the question is a good one. They are making Asian Ukraine out of a beautiful island, constantly intimidating the inhabitants with an imminent “Chinese invasion”, pumping them up with weapons and promising protection. Such as the Ukrainians?
A line about Taiwan flashed in a long analytical material about two wars. It’s an old debate within American political circles over how many wars a “superpower” should be able to fight at the same time. And just then Kurt Campbell, the coordinator of all Asian policy at the White House, spoke at the Marshall Fund with the statement that America could focus on two “theatres” – European and Indo-Pacific. “Yes, you won’t even pull out one war,” the Chinese publicist answers him. And it reminds of episodes in the history of the 20th century, as well as the current situation, when Ukraine still has to deal with Russia exclusively, and all the others only incite it, including subjecting our cats to sanctions.
The story is extremely interesting. Sanctions games in the Russian direction are consolidating Chinese (and actually, not only Chinese) society into, to put it mildly, hostility towards the West as a whole. And they push this society, and behind it the political leadership, to support Moscow – the one that is technically possible. If the same sanctions instrument had not previously been used against China (and several other countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America ), then everywhere the desire to sit out in the bushes would have been dominant. But when it comes to cats, not to mention the general impotent rage along ethnic lines, then other considerations and intentions come into play.
Recall how the world must have looked through the eyes of the average Westerner a century ago: the white man rules on all continents, causing fear, but also admiration. The same ideal world thirty years ago: everywhere the global harmony of whites and non-whites, everywhere the same rules and standards, but the bearers of the only correct civilization still cause admiration. And now these carriers with their own hands turn themselves into a laughingstock for billions of people.
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