The Chinese government has expelled American journalists working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. These flagship American press institutions are being tossed from the People’s Republic purportedly in response to the Trump administration’s limiting of Chinese employees of state-run media working in the U.S.
There’s a salient difference between Chinese journalists working for state-controlled propaganda arms of the PRC, and the PRC’s action against independent, free, American press. Hopefully, you can see that.
Everything the PRC does is state-controlled. Their media, their tech companies, their investments in American education, their approach to limiting the influence of religion. China is a repressive, tyrannical regime with no regard for life, liberty, compassion, law, or truth. They only recognize their own power.
Beijing’s leaders, and Xi Jinping, knew about the novel “Wuhan Coronavirus” days after the first cases were reported. They decided to cover it up. Thinking it was just another bout of SARS, they thought they could contain it, and make it look like nothing happened. Despite the warnings of their own medical professionals, who were silenced, they allowed millions of their own citizens in and out of Wuhan province in the midst of New Years celebrations.
By the time they recognized the dangerous nature of the virus, it was too late. Then they lied to the world about the case count. In fact, I think they’re still lying about the true damage, possibly by an order of magnitude.
Back in February, the New York Times treated China as if they played it straight with the numbers. They covered for the regime, as the regime lied and caused a major threat to the world to be unleashed. In return for this trust, and for the white-gloved treatment they have been generally given by American media, the Chinese have kicked these journalists to the curb.
No further proof is required. China is the enemy of freedom–not just American freedom, but freedom found anywhere in the world. Making deals with the communist Chinese is an exercise in closing off every possible door for them to lie, cheat, steal, bribe, and even murder. They are not America’s partner in anything, nor should the British have handed Huawei the keys to their 5G network.
The COVID-19 crisis is squarely China’s responsibility. If we compare their response to America’s H1N1 response, the stark differences appear. We had declared a health emergency within days of the first cases. America did everything our nation could to protect and warn the world, even though we suffered 12,469 deaths. China was more interested in controlling their people, and information flow, than protecting life.
Now the true nature of the totalitarian government has revealed itself. Free press won’t be tolerated in mainland China, and by extension in Hong Kong and Macau. Expect the next crackdowns there to be bloody, merciless, and unreported by free media. The jackboots will be used to extreme measure because, virus or not, China’s leaders will do anything to maintain their control.
We should condemn China in the strongest terms. Maybe in a way this virus has a silver lining. We are learning to do without, and we are learning what’s important. Maybe when it’s over, we can decide to do away with all those cheap goods made in a country that rewards freedom with punishment and expulsion. We can make it here, or buy it from nations striving for the same values we hold. I’d rather buy an iPhone made in Mexico than one from China.
American companies need to consider their choices after this crisis. China is not our friend, our partner, or an ally in time of peace, or a time of crisis. Let’s not make the same mistakes again.