Yang Jiechi, Senior Chinese Politburo Official: The Hardline Attack Dog released against a stunned Biden administration in March 2021, wrote a opinion piece to Chinese state media on Monday in which he insisted, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, that China’s economy is doing well despite strenuous coronavirus lockdowns imposed in Shanghai and other cities.
“Under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we have advanced on all fronts with unity and strength, fully implemented the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee, and advanced work on several fields in one deep path,” Yang declared at the start of his tedious speech, which was made up of thousands of words and divided into three chapters.
Filled with constant hosannas to dictator Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party, Yang argued that the Beijing Winter Olympics were proof that China had fully recovered from the primary stage of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. He claimed that the lockdowns imposed to control the outbreak of the current Omicron variant pose only minor drawbacks to China’s “stable” growth:
Since the beginning of this year, tested by the increasing complexity and uncertainty in the external environment, the CPC Central Committee, with strategic vision and sound decision-making, has introduced a series of policies conducive to stability and development in a timely manner. economic and social. . The Chinese economy got off to a steady start this year. Production on the supply side and the market on the demand side have generally remained stable. People’s livelihoods have been protected with strong and effective measures. New progress has been made to achieve high-quality development.
“Faced with a new wave of resurgent COVID-19 cases around the world, China has remained committed to putting people and their lives first, preventing both imported cases and domestic outbreaks, and continuing to a dynamic zero-COVID policy”. Yang insisted, using the currently favored political euphemism for closures.
Yang mocked Western countries for abandoning lockdowns and harsh restrictions in order to live with the contagious but much less dangerous omicron variant, a strategy that many of the Chinese subjects trapped in deranged “covid zero dynamic” lockdowns. I fervently wish Beijing would embrace:
China has taken solid, vigorous, successful and responsible measures in its response to COVID-19 to safeguard people’s lives, and has made tangible and sustained contributions to honor its solemn commitment to building a global community of health for all. China’s approach contrasts sharply with the practice of some people in the West who disregard the facts and confuse black with white on COVID-related issues. We are fully confident in winning the tough battle against COVID-19 and will make an even greater contribution to global solidarity and the fight against the pandemic.
Much of the rest of Yang’s spiel was devoted to assuring the free world that Communist China has not been weakened by the pandemic, retaining both the will and the means to aggressively pursue its interests in Taiwan, East Turkistan, Hong Kong and China. the South China Sea. . He insisted that China’s ambitions to become the new leading world power are not discouraged and have in fact been bolstered by Beijing’s supposed leadership during the pandemic.
Yang promised that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s colonial debt-trap project, will go ahead at full steam despite speculation the weakening of the Chinese economy would require cuts in BRI spending.
“In response to the new challenges facing multilateralism and global governance, General Secretary Xi Jinping has pointed out that attempts to resolutely build ‘small high-walled courtyards’ or ‘parallel systems’, to form small circles or blocks that polarize and disengage, disrupt supply, or exert maximum pressure will seriously undermine international efforts to address common challenges,” Yang growled in response to people around the world who want to de-link their political systems and economies from malevolent influence. from China due to the pandemic.
Yang’s manifesto, which seems crafted for both domestic critics and foreign observers, came amid signs of growth of a struggle for power in the communist tyranny before the next Party Congress.
As one might infer from the constant reverse engineering of Xi’s adoring praise in Yang’s op-ed, Communist Party critics are increasingly disenchanted with Xi’s leadership, muttering that he has squandered the economic advantages they gave him. his more talented predecessors. Skeptics accuse Xi of building an arrogant cult of personality to rise to Mao Zedong’s stature in the Party’s iconography, making it unthinkable to criticize his policies.
Last winter brought some political purges while Xi and his allies competed with various rival factions led by disgruntled former allies. One such faction was based in Shanghai and is probably even more unhappy after the manic lockdown imposed on the city seven weeks ago.
Contrary to Yang’s boasts, the Chinese economy They fell sharply in April due to coronavirus lockdowns, including major contractions in retail sales and factory output. Foreign analysts fear that it will take longer for China to fully recover from the Omicron slowdown than it did from the original 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
“China’s economy was already under pressure from a liquidity crunch among its highly leveraged property developers and a broader real estate slowdown as home sales collapsed,” he said. financial times noted on Monday.
“The impact of the Shanghai lockdown is far-reaching. The economic and technological link with the rest of the world is at risk,” warned analysts at Australia’s ANZ bank.