Getting back at Beijing; an award for a dictator
The communist government in Beijing has been and is always sensitive to adverse propaganda. For their leaders, propaganda in favor of the nation is very important, even if nobody in the free world believes it.
As early as 2003, Communist China had already been engaged in bullying tactics in the West Philippine Sea. Beijing claimed ownership of islets and shoals in the area by a dubious historic right. While Beijing’s military flexed its muscle against its neighbors, its leaders hypocritically professed a desire for peaceful and diplomatic solutions to regional problems. That is obvious duplicity.
Because Communist China lusts for certain islands found within Japanese territory, Beijing wants to keep Japan as neutralized as possible. Thus, Beijing makes it a point to remind the world about Japanese military atrocities during World War II each time Japan considers re-arming itself to maintain a balance of power in East Asia. Of course, Beijing conveniently fails to mention that North Korea is the rogue state that it is today because of its undying support for the Korean communist dictatorship in Pyongyang.
Each time Taiwan entertains the idea of officially separating from Communist China, Beijing threatens Taipei with the use of military force. Of course, Beijing is reluctant to carry out its threat because the nationalist government in Taiwan is ready to put up a fight in the event of an invasion from the communists.
While Beijing is not too keen on keeping an aggressive stance against Taipei, it does not have second thoughts about seizing Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea because the Armed Forces of the Philippines is not in a position to repel any invasion, unlike its counterparts in Taiwan and Japan.
The situation slightly changed in the months prior to Beijing’s hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games. Beijing’s expansionist activities in the West Philippine Sea ceased momentarily and Beijing’s propaganda factories began promoting Communist China as a center of peace in Asia. All of a sudden, the red giant portrayed itself as the friendly, peaceful, economic partner of its neighbors. Beijing even went soft on Taiwan.
Red China became prim and proper during this brief period because it did not want any country to boycott the Beijing Olympiad. This became obvious because right after the Olympics, Beijing resumed its systematic land grabbing operations in the West Philippine Sea, oblivious to both world opinion and international law.ac
When Manila decided to take its case to the United Nations international arbitration tribunal in the Netherlands, Beijing protested, and even urged Manila to withdraw the case and consider bilateral talks. That, of course, was typical communist propaganda. Previous bilateral talks between both countries yielded no tangible results because of Beijing’s unreasonable conditions—which virtually demand that Manila abandon its claims lock, stock, and barrel.
Now that Beijing is certain to host the 2019 World Cup competition in basketball, East and South East Asian countries should expect Beijing to speed up its aggressive, expansionist operations in the West Philippine Sea from now until the prelude to this much-anticipated international athletic competition—when Beijing will again project itself as a peace-loving nation. The reason is the same: Beijing will not want any boycott of the world cup basketball tournament held in its territory.
This presents an opportunity for the Philippines, its neighbors in South East Asia, as well as Japan, Australia, and the United States—nations with a stake in keeping the maritime lanes near the Chinese mainland free and unobstructed. A multi-national boycott of the 2019 World Cup basketball games by these countries will certainly upset and embarrass Beijing, and emphasize that Red China is a bully. The move will also reduce the communist government’s anticipated revenues from the sports event. It will also complement Manila’s case in the international arbitration forum.
North Korea, which is Beijing’s Frankenstein monster, is in the news again. The international media recently reported that the communist government in Pyongyang has decided to adjust its official time by a half-hour because the old one was a relic of the period when the Korean peninsula was a Japanese colony. The adjustment will not really matter because North Korea does not trade with the outside world. Its economic activities are limited to transactions with Red China.
Next month, the Sukarno Education Foundation, an Indonesian group led by Rachmawati Sukarnoputri (a daughter of Sukarno, Indonesian’s founding president) will give Kim Jong-un, the incumbent North Korean dictator, an award for his supposed role in “peace, justice, and humanity.” The group dismissed accounts of the communist dictator’s wanton disregard for human rights as “western propaganda.” The decision to honor Kim Jong-un has been criticized and ridiculed all over the world.
Every civilized country in the world should condemn this move. Giving Kim Jong-un such a lofty-sounding award which he obviously does not deserve will only embolden him to remain a ruthless violator of human rights and a threat to peace and political stability in the world.
Past honorees of the Foundation include the Mahatma Gandhi of India and Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma—genuine icons of peace, justice, and humanity. The award to Kim Jong-un is an insult to these two icons.
Most Filipinos who work in European embassies in the Philippines behave haughtily towards their fellow Filipinos. They are ill-tempered, and they act as if they enjoy diplomatic immunity from any type of local prosecution. They are no different from many of the Filipinos who used to work at Camp John Hay in Baguio City when the base was still operated as a rest and recreation facility of American military forces in the Philippines. Those camp employees comported themselves as if they were Americans and treated many Filipino visitors to the camp like dirt. They were only nice to those who were obviously affluent or well-connected to the base authorities. On the other hand, whenever they deal with an American, they behave like lowly, docile servants.