fredag 31. desember 2021

Opinion: China has a massive credibility problem

The latest interview with the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who in November accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her, has done little to shed further light on the matter. She appears unfocused and distracted in the video. The case is just one example that shows how bad the credibility of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is. For the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), it's a problem that extends far beyond sports.

The PRC claims to have created the democracy of the 21st century. Liberal democracy in the United States and Europe, which is threatened by populism and instability, is being replaced by a technocratic, authoritarian democracy that creates prosperity and security efficiently and on the basis of data, according to propaganda from Beijing.

To achieve such as "people's democracy," as it's called in the official jargon, the CCP has designated the quote attributed to Lenin "trust is good, control is better" as itsraison d'etre.