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Three Faces of Imperialism |
In the case of today's China, U.S. imperialism presents itself not with one face but with three. These three faces are economic trade, military encirclement, and information war.
Economic trade, the first face of U.S. imperialism, was seen by U.S. ruling circles as conferring several advantages when China introduced its socialist market economy in 1978, First, they saw a source of cheap labor. Second, they saw a source of new markets. Finally, they saw a market economy as a tool to undermine and eventually destroy China's socialist system, and communist party. They hoped to again fully open the country, its resources and people, as before the socialist revolution, to domination and exploitation by foreign interests.
Ultimately, however, imperialist hopes for the collapse of Chinese socialism were dashed. Deng Xiao Ping theory - the framework which guides China's economic development - proved smarter than they were. By combining public and private ownership.in a socialist market system, China became ever-stronger.
Faced with this ever-stronger China, U.S. imperialism and anti-communism towards China have not disappeared. It's true that the economic face of western imperialism now comes to China with warm handshakes and a deep willingness to 'do business'. But proof that this face is no real friend of China is not hard to find.
Consider the large numbers of western CEO's and company officials work in China, or do business here. Many of them are knowledgeable about actual Chinese conditions. But which of them rose to China's defence in the face of western media lies and slander regarding the Tibet rioters? Where is the western business leader who said that 'murder is wrong', or that 'the government of China acted with restraint in protecting the lives and property of innocent people in Tibet'? Such people could not be found because they do not exist.
Or consider Chinas' new labor laws, introduced last year to provide protection for Chinese workers and their unions. These laws, providing for transparent labor contracts and other protections, were stoutly resisted by the U.S.-China Chamber of commerce, which represents U.S. business interests in China.
There are, of course, definite benefits for China to admit foreign business people and to encourage foreign investment. Transfer of knowledge, capital, and useful foreign goods into China are all benefits to Chinese society. There is a definite element of win-win in such arrangements. However, we must not mistake the economic interests of the U.S. and European governments, and of their corporations, for real friendship for China.
The real motive-force for foreign business with China is not friendship; it is extraction of ever-greater profits by foreign companies from Chinese labor and from Chinese markets. At bottom, the hope of eventually removing China's socialist government, and restoring U.S. and western pre revolutionary economic power in China, remains the economic goal.