Chinese President Xi Jinping: Self-Anointed Ruler for Life! On the Road to Self-Destruction!
Chinese President Xi has declared himself the true successor to the ignoble Chairman Mao. Such a foolish move of self-aggrandizement. Xi is a man of few significant talents other than his ability to ‘kow-tow’ to political superiors. Now He has determined that China needs him more than he needs China.
I know modern day China because of my extensive travels over the past thirty years. Trust me, it is nothing comparable to the chaotic 1960’s when Mao’s Cultural Revolution erupted like the swarm of vitriolic flesh-eaters. Mercurial Mao defied the advice of the sage Chou-En Lai [Read “Man’s Fate” by Andre Malraux] and decided that his politically stringent system of repression had to be destroyed from within. The teenagers who compromised the Revolutionary Guard went on a killing spree and decimated tens of millions of innocent Chinese.
Note: My novel, Pax Pacifica, written two decades ago describes many of the wanton acts of violence committed by these Cultural Revolution hooligans and predicts the impending war over the Spratly Islands.
Interestly, this present day leader of China endured the most agony from this chaotic period. President Xi Jinping was an entitled, bookish princeling of Xi Zhongxun, a Revolutionary Veteran of the Great March as well as the Vice-Premier under Mao. His father was denounced by the Revolutionary Guards. Similarly, President Xi suffered intensely for being part of his father’s Chinese ruling class under Mao.
“Violence was encouraged against Xi…. His step-sister was persecuted to death….Xi’s father was exiled to Central China by the Red Guards … they paraded him around on a truck, beat and interrogated him….” [NY Times, Chris Bucklye,Didi Tatlow, 9/24/2015].
Despite Xi’s incredible humiliation, he consciously decided to identify with the aggressor, Chairman Mao. Identification with the aggressor is a primitive but very potent psychological defense mechanism that allows a person to rationalize their physical/mental abuse. In Xi’s case, he accepted that he was worthy of Mao’s tortures in order to justify his existence as a true patriot of China. In fact, the following excerpt from the NY Times article [9/24/15] is most revealing:
“Xi suffered much under Mao,” Mr. Song said. “But I think that it actually increased his belief that those who are ‘born red’, those children of the party elite [i.e. princelings], earned the right to inherit Mao’s place in the center of power.”
Paradoxically, Xi has become the new Mao. In that role he has offered a more benevolent image of himself as a ‘caring authoritarian personality’, entitled, “Uncle Xi”. This reminds me of the artifice created by Stalin as ‘Uncle Joe’. Of course, the minute Stalin was dead, his subordinates denounced him in masse.
In the age of the internet, I believe that Xi will become irrelevant as millions of Chinese youth run circles around this 69 year old dictator. He has no chance of curbing these restive youths who have reaped the fruits of liberalization for the past twenty years. Millions of these honorable Chinese students have tasted the decadent treats of western democracy: the basic right to live the life one has chosen for oneself.
Respect for the elders or knowledge of the writings of Mao’s Red Book is nil. When I rode on the train to Nanjing several years ago, I asked a young man what he thought of Mao and his Red Book. His response was very revealing. He said, “Moa is nuts. And his book is a sick joke of foolish thoughts.”
At this very moment, I know from my previous experiences with different authoritarian regimes:
- Former Soviet Union
There is always a nidus of discontent within the ranks of the intelligence community and military forces. Eventually, these defanged forces will become more powerful and overthrow the Xi’s with the help of the youth located in all the major cities.
Despite Xi’s vain attempts to control the internet, he has failed miserably. The internet perpetuates itself like a self-sustaining force beyond the purview of any leaders. The nation-state of China has become a virtual state, cobbled together within the interstices of the world, utilizing the simple integers of one and zero. There is very little that Xi can do about it.
Fernand Pessoa, the famous Portugese poet, wrote the following:
“In order to understand, I destroyed myself.”
So too with President Xi Jinping!