On Apr. 30, 2020, the Chinese Embassy in France posted a video on its Twitter account mocking the United States’ response to COVID with a short animation entitled: “Once upon a virus.”

The video is a conversation between the imagery of an assertive old-fashioned terracotta soldier (representing China) and the naive imagery of the Statue of Liberty (representing the United States). When China announced it had “discovered a new virus,” the U.S. responded: “So what?.” When China said the virus is transmitted through the air, the U.S. replied: “it will magically go away in April.”

At the end of the video, the U.S. said, “We are always correct, even though we contradict ourselves,” and the China imagery replied, “That’s what I love best about you Americans, your consistency.” The above conversation is said to mock the U.S. directly targeting then President Donald Trump.

There is a lot of evidence that the Chinese regime has devised all kinds of tricks, from slandering and bullying to “mocking” with trimmed dialogues placed deliberately to bring down the opponent. It’s the CCP’s usual way of reacting to any event that is detrimental to it.

Aggressive, rude, and insensitive in international comportment

That was when the U.S. just experienced the “peak pandemic” week, with more than 1 million people infected and nearly 70,000 deaths. CCP officials gloated and mocked the tragedy of another country.

Domestically, the CCP encouraged people to rejoice at the news that U.S. infections had skyrocketed. On the world diplomatic front, China staged an animated video with a mocking tone to smear America.

Due to the U.S. U.S.Japan’s intense outbreak, a Chinese restaurant hung a celebration banner. Similar incidents were frequently applied and encouraged by the CCP from officials to the general public, showing insensitivity and even cruelty in international comportment.

The 2018 APEC Summit—marking its 20-year history—not only disagreed on a joint statement due to the objections of only one member, China but also witnessed a show of uncultured diplomacy by CCP officials.

The 2018 APEC Summit “exploded” because of the fight between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Xi Jinping over the CCP’s weird actions. CCP officials had banned non-Chinese journalists from following Xi Jinping’s meeting with the leaders of the Pacific island nations.

When the countries were discussing the U.S. proposal to call members to resist trade protectionism and unfair business practices, Chinese diplomats became aggressive. They threatened to privately meet the Foreign Minister of the host country Papua New Guinea to force him to remove the statement, but Papua New Guinea refused.

Refusing to accept that fact, CCP officials stormed into the office of the Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea. He had to call the police to escort the uninvited guests out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.

Not stopping there, in official meetings, the Chinese delegation shouted to react to countries they suspected of “conspiring” against Beijing. But, according to officials who attended, no other country member in the meeting called so indecently.

In the last session, when the APEC Summit was officially declared a failure because it could not issue a joint statement due to the hostile acts of China, the Chinese delegation jumped up and clapped like thunder. Yet, despite all concerns, CCP officials behaved shamelessly and arrogantly, disregarding the general rules of the international community.

Constantly terrorizing and intimidating other countries

China often has a “habit” of intimidation and coercion to ensure its policies’ “smooth” implementation. The CCP leaders have used economic pressure to force other countries to their will. For example, they have drastically reduced Chinese tourism to Palau, as the tiny Pacific island nation still maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Before the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo—a democracy activist sentenced to 11 years in prison by the CCP, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that the choice of Liu Xiaobo would damage Sino-Norwegian relations. Just hours after the award was announced, China canceled a meeting with Norway’s Minister of Fisheries.

There have been many examples of China’s economic “terrorism” culture with countries worldwide in recent years. In addition to imposing import and export bans on products, Beijing can also hurt other countries by reducing the number of Chinese people traveling abroad.

Similar to the case of Liu Xiaobo, the Beijing government has punished many countries for “daring” to welcome the Dalai Lama—the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism—who is considered a threat to the CCP’s national integrity and rules. For example, when the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, China threatened to sever economic ties with Norway if the King or the Norwegian government attended the ceremony.

With economic “sledgehammer” bait, Beijing threatens to strike down any country that does not obey the CCP’s political will. The most prominent is France, which was excluded by China from a bilateral tourism development program in 2009 in retaliation for a meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama himself has admitted that many countries’ leaders were unwilling to meet him to avoid dangerous consequences for the economic ties they have established with China.

Andreas Fuchs, Professor of Development Economics, and Nils-Hendrik Klann, a researcher at the University of Göttingen (Germany), investigated the extent to which bilateral trade with China was affected when foreign officials met the Tibetan spiritual leader.

They found a significant decline in merchandise exports in the countries hosting the Dalai Lama compared to China’s 159 partner countries. The actual results confirmed the existence of adverse effects on the decline of commodity exports ranging from 8.1% to 16.9%.

On Feb. 18, China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, publicly threatened that if the Philippines did not lift the travel ban, China could retaliate by cutting back on Philippine banana imports. It was a vivid “moment” regarding how the CCP works with its trading partners.

It uses economic leverage to punish countries if they do not change their policies in favor of Beijing. This authoritarian regime does not care even if it puts the citizens of a “friendly country” at risk of being infected and dying from the pandemic.

With the advantage of being the “world’s factory” to supply goods to the world, China has used the “ace” of masks and medical equipment as a bargaining tool, threatening desperate countries during the pandemic.

Beijing, at the time, even threatened to drown the U.S. in the “coronavirus sea” by restricting the coronavirus drugs export. When French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Xi Jinping about providing 1 billion masks, the CCP leader bargained to send those masks if France deployed Huawei’s 5G network. That’s how China acts.

When the Australian government called for an investigation into the coronavirus origin and a reform of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Chinese ambassador to Australia said: “Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef? The student’s parents will also think … is this the best place to send their children?” That’s how the CCP threatened to retaliate.

In response to the Dutch decision to rename their embassy in Taiwan, the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands threatened to stop providing medical products and incited Chinese consumers to boycott goods and travel to the Netherlands.

Insanely pressuring foreign businesses

The Beijing regime has increased pressure on the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) because the general manager of the Houston Rockets team called for support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong (2019). The NBA at first “died” to China’s wishes and criticized the team’s director. But faced with a backlash from U.S. congressmen, the NBA announced its support for “freedom of speech” for the manager of the Houston Rockets team.

As a result, China stopped broadcasting NBA programs and terminated advertising contracts, causing significant financial losses for the NBA. It is also a rare case of an American business that dared to ignore economic interests to “confront” the CCP to protect its values.

With this threatening “trick,” many Western companies with business interests in China have long been forced to submit to the CCP’s political demands.

When the German camera manufacturer Leica released a promotional video referring to the Tiananmen Square Massacre—one of the CCP’s most taboo topics, it seemed like an unusually bold bet. China is currently the most significant growth market for Leica, which has a partnership with Huawei, which supplies lenses for the latest generation phones of this technology “giant.”

The 5-minute promotional video showcased the courage of photographers working in extreme situations. The final shot in the video showed one of the most famous photos captured through a Leica lens: The man stopping tanks in Tiananmen Square.

Although the promotional video was not for the Chinese market, Leica still received a warning from Beijing. And even though Leica hasn’t received any outrage from Chinese people, the company hastily apologized to Beijing and “killed” the video for good.

Mercedes-Benz was forced to apologize for “hurting” the Chinese people after its Instagram account quoted the Dalai Lama. The ad line posted on Instagram received criticism from Chinese netizens, many of whom announced a boycott of Mercedes.

The Mercedes-Benz quote itself was not meant to be critical or political, but as long as it “displeases” the CCP, there will be consequences. As a result, Mercedes-Benz had to delete the post quickly and hastily issue an apology. This move by Mercedes-Benz is a prime example of a foreign company threatened by the strength of an increasingly nationalized market.

American airlines were also forced to change how they refer to Taiwan on their websites to avoid Beijing sanctions. In addition, the famous American hotel chain Marriott International had to apologize to the CCP publicly and declare that the group did not support any separatist elements towards China after “inadvertently” listing Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries on the corporation’s website.

Beijing shut down the Chinese version of Marriott International’s website and the app for a week. Then, to “appease” China, Marriott International fired an employee for clicking the like button on a Tibetan supporter’s Twitter.

Taking advantage of other countries’ predicament to profit

When the COVID pandemic broke out, China took advantage of the world’s “distractions” during the pandemic to claim sovereignty over disputed islands in the East Sea. In addition, it continued to pressure and threaten Taiwan while asserting more authority over Hong Kong to suppress the pro-democracy movement there.

The CCP has taken advantage of vulnerable countries in Africa that are struggling with the pandemic. They want Beijing to reduce their debt so they can focus more on investing in social programs to support millions of people affected by the pandemic. So China, one of Africa’s largest creditors, came up with the “idea” of debt relief by requiring African governments to mortgage national assets. So for example, Zambia had to let China exploit its copper mines in exchange for financial help.

When former U.S. President Trump announced that he was temporarily suspending funding to the WHO, just two weeks later, China publicly pledged an additional $30 million in funding for the WHO. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing donated money to the WHO to “defend the ideals and principles of multilateralism, and uphold the position and power of the UN.”

Andrew Erickson, a China expert at the U.S. Naval War College, said: It’s all part of Xi’s strategy to dislodge the United States as the world’s sole superpower and extend China’s domination worldwide. Without a doubt, this is what the CCP wants. Andrew S. Erickson, Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College, once wrote about Xi Jinping’s long-term strategy to make China great again.

Xi Jinping has named specific timelines for his great goals: China will become a prosperous society by 2021, the world’s “leader” in technology and military modernization by 2035, and finally, settle the decades-long dispute with Taiwan by 2049.

But with its uncultured, hysterically violent behavior, the CCP can only make the Great Chinese Dream die faster once the world understands its true nature.

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