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Game, set and match: Well played, China

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WHAT’S the right analogy for what China has managed to achieve?

Perhaps it’s like a speeding driver who, through his own carelessness, causes a vast pile-up on the motorway. Glancing in the rear-view mirror, all the driver can Xi (sorry, I couldn’t resist) is an ever-growing tangle of twisted metal and glass strewn like shattered ice across the tarmac. No time to stop and help.

Or perhaps it’s like the mischievous schoolboy who has calculated that throwing a stink bomb into assembly will cause an almighty brouhaha. Whilst everyone is pointing fingers at each other, he slips out the back, clutching his sides with laughter.

I think I prefer the second analogy. However, I might replace a stink-bomb with a hand grenade. Or perhaps an ICBM.

As Western governments continue to delight in the destruction of their economies and the humiliation of their serf-like populaces, I can’t help but somehow admire the audacity of Beijing’s geopolitical coup.

Covid-19 and its subsequent effects must rank among the greatest strategic gambles ever to have been pulled off. Regardless as to the virus’s exact origin, it seems beyond doubt that Chinese officials were complicit in allowing it to circulate unannounced throughout the world for weeks on end. How else to explain the decision not to close Wuhan’s airport during the weeks following the ‘discovery’ of the virus?

Ensuring its global spread, China could play its best card. By employing a major, but in hindsight extremely short-lived, overreaction to the virus, with people literally welded into their homes, it signalled to the rest of the world the apparent seriousness of the novel virus.

Following this lead, Western governments were bounced into reactions far beyond what was reasonable. What has ensued is surely beyond Beijing’s wildest dreams. They have sunk their geopolitical rivals and caused damage that would otherwise have required the deployment of tanks, artillery and jets.

With the West in full-blown panic mode, China was free to close its borders. With an iron grip on the dissemination of information within the country, Beijing could in due course announce that the virus had vanished from the highly densely populated, often insanitary conditions prevalent in the Middle Kingdom. Unable to question the veracity of anything promulgated by a non-Caucasian source (heaven forfend! Such a reckless deed may get you called a racist), this dubious sequence of events remains largely unchallenged. Whilst the rest of the world is ravaged by a mild illness, China carries on largely as normal.

Covid-19 has, to employ another pun, proved Beijing’s ultimate trump card. Having appeared likely to win the election before Covid, Trump’s re-election prospects were hammered by the virus, not least because of the conditions it created in which widespread election manipulation could take place. If Biden is able to cheat his way into office, it will have been with the help of the Chinese Virus.

Good ol’ Beijing Biden. By the way, did you know the sound ‘joe’ means ‘porridge’ in Chinese? Curiously he is about as mentally astute as porridge. Anyway, he was certainly the favoured candidate of those plotting within the Forbidden City.

Trump has been valiant in his attempts to turn the tide on China’s ever-growing economic and political power. Contrastingly, the odds of Biden, whose son is knee-deep in dodgy dealings with Beijing (caught in flagrante, crack-pipe in hand, in the company of a Chinese prostitute, no less!) doing anything other than kow-towing to Peking is approaching zero. A small elite will quickly resume getting rich off the back of the transfer of power and wealth from West to East. The rest of us will suffer.

As usual, I sadly believe, we ultimately have only ourselves to blame. The conditions were ripe for an event such as our Covid hysteria. Just as a virus more easily assaults the immune systems of the frail, viruses of the mind – panic, fear, an absolute avoidance of reality – more easily infiltrate the weak, flabby minds of Westerners.

Whilst I try to avoid quoting the world’s most famous Austrian, his quote about the Soviet Union springs to mind: ‘You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down.’

His predication was, to put it mildly, premature. Yet with our ancient rights as freeborn Englishmen (am I still allowed to say that?) melting away faster than a lollipop in Hades, and our economy withering asthmatically under ceaseless draconian, inept measures, it seems hard to deny that the ceiling seems to be caving in at an alarming rate.

Having spent the last few decades convincing the gullible, greedy Western elites (those same experts who know how to Build Back Better) to relocate a vast proportion of the West’s manufacturing base to the humid climes of Guangdong, China’s Covid gambit will be the icing on the cake of Western self-destruction that has been decades in the making.

One day historians will look back at the West before the turn of the 21st century. They will see countries with highly developed industries, stable political systems and largely homogenous societies. Within a few decades – a millisecond in the scheme of things – they had seemingly given up, deciding that it simply wasn’t worth the effort any longer.

China knew this. They were just waiting for the right moment to kick the door in.

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Frederick Edward
Frederick Edward currently lives in St Petersburg. He infrequently uses Twitter.

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