USA and of my own country, Australia. I have been criticised because I have not written similar pages on other countries that have equally bad, or perhaps worse governments. The reason I have concentrated so much on the USA is because the government of my country (both major parties are equally bad on this point) follows and supports the USA government in almost all its excesses. The reason I concentrate on the government of Australia is obviously because it is the government of my country.
In this page I pick on one of the other of the great countries of the world, China.
In several years up to 2022, under the premiership of Xi Jinping, China has become increasingly repressive and aggressive. Xi Jinping seems to be a power crazed despot like Vladimir Putin.
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It is very unlikely that the Chinese government will allow the Chinese people to read this page. They will deny their people that right.
Western governments criticise the governments of nations like Burma, Fiji, and Zimbabwe because they do not represent the people of their respective countries; those same Western governments rarely criticise China because they do not want to offend such an important trading partner.
I have written more on the subject of
secession elsewhere on this site.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine also has similarities to the illegal and disastrous invasion of Iraq under Bush (of the USA), Blair (of Britain) and Howard (of Australia).
The people of Taiwan don't want to be ruled from China any more than the people of Ukraine want to be pulled by Russia or the people of Hong Kong ruled by China. All three peoples have a right to self determination. All people have the right to the government of their choice.
The people of China will be no better off if Taiwan is forced under Xi Jinping's yoke, and the Taiwanese people will be far worse off. Xi Jinping is only interested in gaining more power for himself; 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely', and Xi Jinping has something close to absolute power in China.
The Chinese (and the Russian and the Hong Kong) people have the right to free speech, a free press and a say in their own government, but the government of Xi Jinping is only interested in power and control.
The way the Russian invasion of Ukraine is bogged down, with Russia suffering heavy troop and equipment losses and huge costs and international repercussions, should be a warning to Xi Jinping over Taiwan. China may find conquering Taiwan no easier that Putin is finding conquering Ukraine.
Addition, March 2023It has been announced that Xi Jinping is to visit Vladimir Putin in Moscow (President Putin can not visit many countries himself without being arrested for war crimes.) It is hoped in some circles that President Xi will condemn Putin's invasion of Ukraine, but of course he can't, he wants to do exactly the same to Taiwan as Putin is doing to Ukraine.
Rather than me trying to detail this case of man's inhumanity to man I suggest reading about it on the Internet. You might start with the BBC News, "The Uighurs and the Chinese state: A long history of discord".
If Takada's estimates are correct, and they should not be accepted without confirmation from other researchers, this was a terrible 'crime against humanity' committed by the Chinese government against the Uygur people. If true it probably should be considered to be genocide.
Further from a government with a mandate of the peopleXi Jinping holds both the largely ceremonial post of President and the much more powerful position of General Secretary of the Communist Party. In 2018 he was declared President for Life; whether this is meaningful is questionable, but clearly putting so much power into the hands of a single man who is not elected by the people of China is not justifiable democratically or in any other way. built artificial islands in order to try to justify its claims. The Chinese government seems to be strongly of the view that "might is right". Covid pandemic that spread around the world in early 2020 came from China. It seems very likely that it came from an animal that was sold in one of the 'wet markets' in Wuhan, the capital city of the Chinese province of Hubei.
At the time of writing this section, the pandemic virus had infected more than four million people world-wide and killed at least 280,000.
A number of governments, including that of my own country Australia, have very reasonably called for a wide-ranging investigation into the source of the pandemic. The Chinese government has opposed this.
China has responded with trade sanctions against Australia. This is not the behaviour of a responsible member of the world community, it is more the behaviour of a spoiled child in a kindergarten playground spat.
One would have to wonder how much this behaviour is for domestic consumption. Is the Chinese government so concerned about dissatisfaction at home that they are trying to direct the Chinese people's angst against external bodies?
While the Chinese economy was growing quickly the Chinese people might have been willing to overlook the lack of civil rights, but with the Chinese economy shrinking 9.8 per cent in the March 2020 quarter the Chinese people might be becoming restive.
Could the Chinese government make Chinese manufactured cars inoperable if there was a war between the West and China?
I would think that in future, if not now, car companies will be periodically automatically updating the software in their cars. Wouldn’t it be easy for them to update in such a way that the car would not be useable? This would advantage China in a war situation. Thousands of cars in the nations that China was at war with would suddenly become useless. Whole fleets of cars owned or leased by businesses and government would suddenly be lumps of useless metal and plastic.
Having written a number of computer programs in the past I would suspect that correcting the vehicles' software would be a major task and could not be done quickly.
Presumably China would be able to direct the attack at selected countries.
While the people running the Chinese car companies might not want to do this - plainly it would greatly harm their reputations - they are all under the thumb of the authoritarian and totalitarian Chinese government.
Considering the increasing aggression we are seeing from President Xi Jinping, his expansionism in the South China Sea, his threats against Taiwan and more recently the Chinese spy flights over North America, it seems to me that this possibility should at least be taken very seriously - and so far as I can see, it is not.
I haven't read anything about such a possibility. I wonder if even airing the thought of such a thing being possible will harm the Chinese car industry, considering the belligerent nature of the Chinese government in recent years.
Australia and the USA and there is much to be said in favour of China in the renewable energy area.
China is by far the most advanced nation in the use of solar thermal energy; International Energy Agency (IEA) figures for 2004 showed that China had 43 400 MWth (megawatt thermal) installed; the second nation was Japan with 5400 MWth.
China has more small hydro-power than the rest of the world combined. (China invested a further $10b in large hydro-power in 2005; this is not usually considered to be renewable energy.) (These figures were from Renewable Energy World 2006/07.)
China had 1260 MW of wind power installed in 2006 (Wind Power Monthly).
In November 2009 China had 220 factories producing solar photovoltaic
panels, at the time my country, Australia, had none.
China is overpopulated, many of the world's countries are overpopulated, the world itself is overpopulated; if the world had half it current population then the climate change problem would be half as bad as it is; many other problems would be much less severe as well.
China took on the very difficult overpopulation problem in what was probably about the most humane way that it could. Many other countries have just ignored the population problem because it was seen as too hard. Perhaps this is one of the advantages of a non-democratic government.
On this page...Agression
China of 2020
Chinese manufactured cars rendered inoperable if there was a war?
Freedom of speech
Not all bad
Nuclear test deaths
One child policy
Taiwan and Ukraine (and Iraq)
Uighurs: China's treatment of the Uighur minority