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Nationalism in China: the World revolves around CCP!

Updated: May 10, 2020


Wikipedia blogs: On nationalism in China; for the diplomatic system and ideology that emphasized China's centrality in the world, see Sinocentrism.



Today because of coronavirus COVID-19 and the new paradigm, in which we are inter-dependent on Earth's health, there is much less of a place for nationalism than ever before!


China:

中國

"China" written above in traditional Chinese characters.


中国

"China" written above in simplified Chinese characters.


The first character means "middle" (pinyin: zhōng).

The second character (traditional) 國 (pinyin: guó) or (simplified) 国 means "country" or "kingdom".


Together the two Chinese characters for China means "middle kingdom".



Broken down even further there is a wall, as in a "walled city", around the character for "kingdom" (simplified). In traditional Chinese characters "territory" inside walls emphasizes the importance of "country". The use of closed walls signals a closed community.


Both characters with walls means sovereign State, kingdom, country, regime, etc.


Simplified character inside the "wall" is:

This character means "Jade", a precious stone in China.


This simplified character (Jade minus the dot) means "king", as on the three stripes on the forehead of the Asian Tiger, which can be found in China. The Tiger is King!


Asian Tiger has three stripes on forehead 王

The term "middle kingdom" has played itself out everywhere, including in the design and layout of China's capital Beijing. The Emperor sat on his throne in the Forbidden city, the middle of the middle, looking at his nine dragons with the middle dragon in his Imperial yellow that only he could wear - and held his Court.


The energy of the entire World is to appear as if coming FROM and TO the Emperor of China.


The appearance and intent is that the entire World REVOLVES around China, the middle kingdom.


For legitimacy the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hijacked Beijing's geomancy and placed themselves in the centre. The CCP's only strategy is to stay in the centre, in power, no matter what!


Xi Jinping is now the CCP leader for life - Emperor Xi Jinping!


The average person growing up in communist China has been brainwashed by CCP's education and propaganda. They have been taught that China is the greatest country in the World, with 5 thousand years of history, the four greatest inventions (paper making, gun powder, printing press, compass), etc.


The only thing that today defines the majority (who are poor) of mainland Chinese people's identity is nationalism. The CCP propagates this sense of nationalism to distract attention from its failings, and foster a sense of unity and hope which would otherwise be lacking.


The World does not revolve around the middle kingdom - it revolves around the Sun!


Placing oneself at the middle of everything may result in narcissistic behavior of individuals, communities and societies.


People living outside of China should be aware that the narcissism of its people and its government mean that its worldview is most likely NOT THE SAME as your own.


Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a long-term pattern of exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy toward other people. People with NPD often spend much time thinking about achieving power and success, or on their appearance. Typically, they also take advantage of the people around them. Such narcissistic behavior typically begins by early adulthood, and occurs across a broad range of situations.



Seven deadly sins of narcissism


Psychiatrists Hotchkiss and James F. Masterson identified what they called the seven deadly sins of narcissism:

  1. Shamelessness: Narcissists are often proudly and openly shameless; they are not bound emotionally by the needs and wishes of others. Narcissists hate criticism, and consider it "toxic", as criticism implies they are not perfect and need to change. Narcissists prefer guilt over shame, as guilt allows them to dissociate their actions from themselves - it's only their actions that are wrong, while their intention is good.

  2. Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to "dump" shame onto others.

  3. Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may "reinflate" their sense of self-importance by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.

  4. Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person's ability by using contempt to minimize the other person or their achievements.

  5. Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an "awkward" or "difficult" person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.

  6. Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other person is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed. This exploitation may result in many brief, short-lived relationships.

  7. Bad boundaries: Narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist are treated as if they are part of the narcissist and are expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist, there is no boundary between self and other.



[Update]

China's blueprint for global dominance


Axios 8 April 2019. David Lawler


By the time China's ambitions of displacing the U.S. as the dominant global power were widely understood, Beijing's success had already begun to feel inevitable.


Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party [CCP] has exploited America's desire to "sleep through difficulties," writes Jonathan Ward in the new book, "China's Vision of Victory." He contends that the outcome of the battle for global supremacy remains to be determined, but that the U.S. must quickly and dramatically change course in order to prevail.


  • The longstanding U.S. strategy of engaging economically while hedging against China's rise militarily was a mistake of historic proportions, essentially "putting wind at the back" of a burgeoning rival, Ward told me in an interview.

  • In his book, Ward traces China's vision of global pre-eminence back decades. He says President Xi Jinping merely "took the mask off" in recent years.

  • Ward, whose research included poring over since-closed Communist Party archives, adds that "the greatest thing China’s given us is a very clear image of what they’re going to do.”

The big picture: “The objective is dominance in global affairs on a longer-term time frame," Ward told me. "So, ideologically the idea is to restore their position — restore because they say they used to be the world’s supreme power and now they’re going to return to that — by the year 2049, which is the centennial of the founding of the People’s Republic of China."


  • To that end, China is endeavoring to "produce national champions in every sector" and dominate emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and 5G networks.

  • The Belt and Road network of ports, roads and railways, meanwhile, is intended to impose the "coercive force of the Chinese economy... to build strategic beachheads" around the world. "In the 19th century we'd understand that as empire building," Ward says.

  • Ward says China's government is mobilizing its economy, its military and its citizens toward the mission of "national rejuvenation." He describes it as "the most comprehensive effort assembled in human history towards a very singular goal.”

The bottom line: “Essentially it's full steam ahead on pretty much every human activity, from space to seabed, with the objective of becoming the world’s leader in all of these things. And with that, you build a foundation of power that is absolutely beyond what can be achieved by any other nation."


  • “I think it’s easy to understand their strategy. What’s hard is that it’s a good strategy.”

But, but, but: Ward emphasizes in his book that the U.S. "retains enormous advantages in terms of economic and military power, a global alliance system, and leadership in the innumerable institutions built under the Pax Americana."


  • He says the consensus that China will replace the U.S. as the world's largest economy is premised on the continuation of the status quo. Ward argues that "we have to start thinking the unthinkable" now, in terms of unwinding economic ties to China and shifting supply chains to politically friendly countries.

  • “These are tough things but this is where great minds should be applied," Ward told me. "How do we retain these economic advantages, the technological advantages, the military advantages. Let’s face it, we’re the ones who’ve already won. We’re just giving it away."

  • Ward argues that the contests that will define China's success or failure are underway now, and will be decided over the next ten years.

Zoom out: “A contest between the United States and China will be a close-run thing," Ward writes. "However, a contest between China and the democratic world will be impossible for China.”


  • “In many ways Chinese global strategy is actually focused on Europe," he told me. China knew the U.S. would eventually wake up to its "problem in the Pacific," but "Europe is a world away from the security questions in Asia.”

  • “If you’re going to have problems with the U.S., where do you go next? To Europe. That’s where they can harvest technology, it’s where they can harvest education, it’s where they can build their technological advantages. You have to do that by engaging with somebody who’s higher up the value chain, so if they’re going to see that erode in the United States they have to double down on it in Europe."

  • "That’s the Chinese approach. And they have to convince the Europeans they’re benign. ... What you have to think about in Europe is, what would it mean for your superpower partner to be defeated by authoritarian China?"

Ward says the solution is "the democratic world consolidating, integrating, pushing back, cutting China off from the things that will enable the continued rise toward their vision of power."


What to watch: "What will it mean for the prevailing norms in international relations to be decided by an authoritarian state where freedoms of speech, press, and assembly are extinguished for its citizens and those under its power?” Ward writes that if we lose the next decade, we'll soon find out.


  • I asked him where the U.S. will find the political will needed to truly embrace this challenge. He said to watch out for "Sputnik moments."



The World does NOT revolve around CCP - the World revolves around the Sun! Nationalism everywhere is dead!


Pepe.





Further reading:

26 April, 2020 SCMP, China's nationalism might work at home, but it's causing upset on the world stage, experts say.


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