China Betrayed: Interventions by the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment Resulted in Oppressive Dictatorship

By Perloff, James | The New American, August 3, 2009 | Go to article overview

China Betrayed: Interventions by the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment Resulted in Oppressive Dictatorship


Perloff, James, The New American


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Although the mass media present China today as "progressive," especially after the 2008 Olympics fanfare, it remains among the world's cruelest regimes. The term "Red China" is not anachronistic. Though certainly less oppressive than during the Cultural Revolution, when it executed millions, China is still governed by a single regime, the Communist Party, which requires members to be atheists. It imprisons dissidents without due process, oppresses Tibet, and enforces a policy, backed by compulsory abortion, restricting most families to one child. (Since Chinese traditionally prefer male offspring, this has led to disproportionate abortion--even infanticide--of female babies, creating an artificial majority of males in China.) The government directly controls most media, blocking criticisms of itself on the Internet.

Perhaps worst is suppression of religious freedom. Christian churches, though permitted, must submit to government control and censorship--either as part of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement or Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Independent house churches, comprising some 90 percent of China's Christians, face persecution. The Voice of the Martyrs reports:

   The human rights record in China is
   one of the worst in the world. Its system
   of "re-education through labor"
   detains hundreds of thousands each
   year in work camps without even a
   court hearing.... The house church
   movement (unregistered churches)
   endures unimaginable persecution,
   yet stands on its commitment
   to preach the gospel, no matter the
   cost. China continued its crackdown
   against Christians and missionaries
   in 2008, as they sought to purge the
   country of religion before hosting the
   Olympic games.... Church property
   and Bibles were confiscated. Christians
   were harassed, questioned, arrested
   and imprisoned. Christians
   in prisons are routinely beaten and
   abused.

Japan and Manchuria

What surprises many Americans: the regime ruling China was largely put there by the United States. In the 1930s, Japan, then militarily powerful, was the main barrier to Soviet ambitions to communize Asia. Benjamin Gitlow, founding member of the U.S. Communist Party, wrote in I Confess (1940):

   When I was in Moscow, the attitude
   toward the United States in the event
   of war was discussed. Privately, it
   was the opinion of all the Russian
   leaders to whom I spoke that the rivalry
   between the United States and
   Japan must actually break out into
   war between these two.

      The Russians were hopeful that the
   war would break out soon, because
   that would greatly secure the safety
   of Russia's Siberian borders and
   would so weaken Japan that Russia
   would no longer have to fear an attack
   from her in the East.... Stalin is
   perfectly willing to let Americans die
   in defense of the Soviet Union.

In 1935, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow William C. Bullitt sent a dispatch to Secretary of State Cordell Hull:

   It is ... the heartiest hope of the Soviet
   Government that the United States
   will become involved in war with
   Japan.... To think of the Soviet Union
   as a possible ally of the United States
   in case of war with Japan is to allow
   the wish to be father to the thought.
   The Soviet Union would certainly attempt
   to avoid becoming an ally until
   Japan had been thoroughly defeated
   and would then merely use the opportunity
   to acquire Manchuria and
   Sovietize China.

In the 1930s Japan moved troops into Manchuria (northern China). U.S. history books routinely call this an imperialistic invasion. While there is certainly truth in this interpretation, the books rarely mention that Japan was largely reacting, in its own version of the Monroe Doctrine, to the Soviets' incursions into Asia--namely their seizure of Sinkiang and Outer Mongolia. …

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