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U.S. Media Deploy Chinese Censorship Skills in Sync with Communist Government

What is it about Communist China that makes the world’s most populous nation such a favorite of the international globalist, socialist community?

In 1997, China was granted an exemption from any obligations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions under the Kyoto Protocol (as was India), on the grounds that it was a “developing nation.” Despite its posturing over the Paris climate agreement, China’s carbon dioxide emissions have soared ever since, as the country became an economic and military superpower.

One reason cited by President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the agreement was that the Paris treaty committed the nation to massive, immediate CO2 emission reductions (26-28 percent by 2025). China merely committed to its previously announced goal to increase non-fossil-fuel electricity to about 20 percent by 2030.

Today, China has the world’s 59th-highest per capita income (IMF data, with India at No. 139) and is building or planning more than 300 coal-fired power plants around the world, from Egypt, Turkey, and Zimbabwe to Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The world’s leading CO2 emitter is also building what Wired magazine calls “an insane number” of new coal-fired power plants at home, with little objection from United Nations gatekeepers and climate alarmists.

Meanwhile, more than half of the people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to electricity, largely because UN “sustainable development goals” dissuade investment in coal, natural gas, and even nuclear and hydroelectric power plants, while favoring dung, wood, wind, and solar, and anti-development banks refuse to provide loans for even the cleanest, most efficient coal or gas power plants.

China’s government sees human rights as an “existential threat,” a stance that “could pose an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide,” says Human Rights Watch. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization says the Chinese Communist Party “has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism.”

Human Rights Watch singled out for blame “a void of leadership among countries that might have stood for human rights, and a disappointing collection of democracies willing to sell the rope that is strangling the system of rights they purport to uphold.”

Now, with massive help from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google, and other social media and search engine collaborators, the Chinese Communists are aiding, abetting or approving Chinese largesse to a China-coddling veteran in his quest for the U.S. presidency. (Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden worked with Chinese investors to fund China General Nuclear Power Corp., which the FBI recently charged with stealing American nuclear secrets.)

Hiding behind the façade of “private enterprise,” these organizations have led an assault on First Amendment freedom of speech by censoring, shadow-banning, and deplatforming content unfavorable to their favored causes and candidates. These organizations never objected to infringement of the First Amendment right of an Oregon bakery’s to refuse to bake a cake.

They have been joined by governors who used executive orders and the COVID pandemic to impose outright bans on church attendance and even Bible studies in private homes and effectively destroy numerous businesses while excusing, blessing, and even encouraging violent protests.

Universities have imposed draconian bans on freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and other rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Some even insist that the Constitution itself is outdated and should be replaced immediately, along with its protections for individuals against the imperial state.

The world now knows that China wants Joe Biden in the White House. Perhaps that’s why Democrats have unilaterally attacked “Russian interference” with the U.S. elections and totally ignored the massive in-kind and financial contributions being made by the Chinese government.

New evidence of Chinese collusion reveals that Chinese Communists are advising Facebook on how to censor, deplatform and shadow-ban information that might favor the Republican candidate or cast the Democratic candidate in a poor light. Disturbing new revelations are reported almost daily.

Journalist Sorrab Ahmari obtained (and confirmed) information from a Facebook insider that the social media giant’s “Hate Speech Engineering” team includes Chinese-national Ph.D.s whose specialty is “machine learning”—teaching computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed, so that certain content ends up at the top of the news feed while disfavored content shows up dead last.

A Facebook spokesperson haughtily condemned as “absurd” any suggestion that “these employees have an outsized influence on our broader policies.” But Ahmari is quite correct in asking what’s to stop these Chinese engineers from delivering intelligence to the Chinese government? More important, why would Facebook and China help each other improve this technology to skew U.S. news and election results?

Facebook’s ban on negative information on Biden family business dealings with Chinese companies is a strong indicator that the company is serving China’s interests in securing the election of ”the Big Guy.” According to a new Project Veritas exposé, Google is intentionally manipulating results to benefit Democrats and hinder President Trump’s campaign. Google now faces a federal antitrust case.

Together with the Attorneys General of eleven states, the Justice Department alleges, “For years, Google has entered into exclusionary agreements, including tying arrangements, and engaged in anticompetitive conduct to lock up distribution channels and block rivals.”

Despite the angst of intellectuals, “mainstream media” stalwarts, socialists, and many Democratic Party leaders, a new poll by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found a majority of Americans view China negatively and believe (as does Human Rights Watch) that it is the country that presents the greatest threat to the United States and to the rights of individuals.

Broad-based support for banning China’s Huawei Technologies from 5G networks reflects worldwide concerns over Chinese human rights violations. Scott Kennedy, Chinese business and economics chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says “Americans and others around the world have given up on the idea that the goal should be to change China into a free-market economy.” His assessment is dispiriting but realistic.

A recent MSN News article claims Joe Biden historically embraced the idea that the United States could coax China into acting as a “responsible stakeholder” but insists he no longer adheres to that viewpoint.

The former vice president has taken few questions from the media about his China policy, though he did claim he would end Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. But even that statement was almost immediately walked back by aides, who said Biden would only “reevaluate the tariffs upon taking office.”

Acceptance of Chinese-style restrictions on human rights by the Biden-Harris campaign and many of its supporters may be a signal that America’s progressives and tech giants see the Xi-led Chinese Communist Party as a kindred spirit, especially on what people should be allowed to read, hear, see, say, and even think.

Yet, despite the media blackout on recent revelations about Biden family and Chinese business (hence military) mutual interests, a President Biden might have to show a new toughness toward China to douse what could become a raging inferno of criticism. Too many Americans do not want to see U.S. jobs (recently reclaimed from Chinese slave laborers) returned to the Middle Kingdom.

Of course, if the Democrats and their social media and old media allies have perfected censorship enough to drown out any learning, thinking, or opposition that would threaten their absolute reign, who would dare challenge China’s environmental, climate, or human rights callousness?

Duggan Flanakin
Duggan Flanakin
Duggan Flanakin is the Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow. A former Senior Fellow with both the Texas and Arkansas Public Policy Foundations, Mr. Flanakin has a Master's in Public Policy from Regent University. During the years he spent reporting on environmental regulation in Texas and nationwide, Mr. Flanakin authored definitive works on the creation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and on environmental education in Texas.

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