Dozens of tanks, all assembled into a column before the unidentified man, threatened to crush him under their mechanical feet if he did not move out of the way. In defiance, whenever the column attempted to move around him, he would shift his position to prevent them from moving forward.
The Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 gained notoriety around the world for the brutality displayed by the government of the People’s Republic of China. The previously mentioned courageous individual, otherwise known as Tank Man, was one of the many involved in those protests. The picture taken of him in his heroic act would gain recognition worldwide. He stood up to a tyrannical Communist government in the hopes that a free and democratic China would take its place. He recognized the threat that the Communist Party of China posed, not just in his own country, but around the world as well.
As the coronavirus pandemic grips almost every nation on Earth, the Chinese government continues to lie to the international community about the number of cases it has, the origination of the virus and the amount of aid China is providing to other countries. Those countries are struggling to cope with the pandemic because of the Chinese regime’s lack of care, transparency and honesty.
With organizations like the World Health Organization swearing fealty to Beijing, the information being disseminated has been riddled with false information and corrupted beyond recognition of right and wrong.
The vile nature of dishonesty has seeped so deeply into the veins of the WHO and to such a great extent that the esteemed director-general of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, praised the Chinese government for its transparency in its “fight” against the coronavirus. Alas, the plague of Maoism-Marxism-Leninism infecting international organizations does not stop spreading there.
For several years now, China has been inserting former government officials into places of importance within the United Nations. Such examples include the former vice minister of Agriculture of the PRC, Qu Dongyu, serving as the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Agency. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed the former vice minister for Foreign Affairs of China, Liu Zhenmin, to a position of power in “a body tasked with advancing the U.N.’s hallmark program to promote development, combat climate change and reduce inequality.”
A clear sign of intent to dominate the alphabet soup of international organizations was made by the general-secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, in 2018. He said China would “take an active part in leading the reform of the global governance system …”
Reform in the manner which his government may be referring to, such as the supreme authority over all actions taken by the international community, could prove disastrous for the world. Another red flag being masked with the facade of nobility, charity and goodwill, involves several initiatives taken by the Chinese government to expand its military and economic influence on its neighbors and even countries thousands of miles away.
The troubling Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was announced by Mr. Jinping in 2013, would connect several countries through a massive network of highways, energy pipelines and railways that would make direct contact with China virtually unavoidable. Under President Trump’s administration, the United States has urged caution from its allies in Asia and elsewhere that are within the targets of the PRC.
Another such example is the New Development Bank, formerly known as BRICS, which was founded “with the objective of financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries, complementing the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions toward global growth and development,” yet another form of the generosity the Communist Party of China has in mind for its global neighbors.
It is time for the United States and our allies to take a stand against the Maoist bloc being formed by China and protect free and democratic governance before more countries submit to the authority of Beijing. The tremendous military buildup and sharp increase in economic growth is to allow them to extend their reach all over the globe and threaten Western authority, asserting themselves as the sole superpower in the world. The Communist Party of China is willing to purge, annihilate and destroy anyone and anything in its way of global domination.
Tank Man taught the world a valuable lesson: The odds were monumentally against him, yet he defied the CPC because he knew that his beliefs were more important than his life and well-being. As he did all those years ago, the international community must display courage in the face of China so that we may prevent the hostile takeover of international organizations by the Chinese dictatorial regime.
• Ryan Ghandour is a junior at George Mason University, majoring in government and international politics with a minor in history and a concentration in law, philosophy and governance.