The rise and fall of a love affair with China

Winston Sterzel is a British South African who settled in China 14-odd years ago.  My fellow blogger “Nikolai Vladivostok” recommends his YouTube channel, SerpentZA: Stay Awesome, China!, which is about life in China.   I got around to watching his videos just this week, only to find that Sterzel has decided to leave China.

He gave his reasons for being fascinated with China in the video above.  He gave his reasons for leaving in the video below.

It is hard to find a non-propaganda view of China.  Sterzel is an intelligent person of good will whose views are not based on promoting a vested interest or ideological agenda.  His videos are well worth watching.  They might not be the last word, but I trust him more than most.

Sterzel went to China when the nation was booming under the leadership of Deng Xiaopeng.  Dang was in no sense a believer in democracy or human rights as these words are understood in the USA.  But he allowed enough slack in the Chinese system to allow a creativity and enterprise to blossom.  He also set up an orderly succession system, so there would not be a struggle for power like that following the death of Mao Zedong.

China’s new ruler, Xi Jinping, is tightening up the system.  He is restoring Maoist thought control, using advanced surveillance technology to monitor and modify all aspects of human behavior.  He also has declared himself ruler for life.  Whether this is compatible with China’s continued growth in wealth and power remains to be seen.

I read the work of Pepe Escobar, who believes that China’s Belt and Road Initiative, also known as the New Silk Road, will bring about the economic integration of Eurasia—China, Central Asia, Russia, Iran and lands beyond.  This potentially could be as important a development in human history as the European Age of Discovery initiated by Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama.

Escobar presents the geopolitical and historical overview.  Winston Sterzel presents the ground-level view.  He makes me wonder whether Xi’s great dreams are all they’re cracked up to be.

LINKS

SerpentZA: Stay Awesome, China!.  A gallery of intriguing videos.

Pepe Escobar: A Roving Eye on Globalistan.

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7 Responses to “The rise and fall of a love affair with China”

  1. Joe’s China? – "THIMK" Says:

    […] Winston Sterzel is a British South African who settled in China 14-odd years ago. I got around to watching his videos just this week, only to find that Sterzel has decided to leave China.He gave his reasons for being fascinated with China in the video above.  He gave his reasons for leaving in the video below. https://philebersole.wordpress.com/2020/07/10/the-rise-and-fall-of-a-love-affair-with-china/ […]

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  2. conartistocracy Says:

    Their latest project with the sesame social credit system is worrying – especially if it is exported to the rest of the world.

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  3. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Here’s another foreign videographer leaving China, essentially being chased out.

    I hate to see China sprinting down the Orwellian trail. At least we in the west mostly see that as a bad thing, although it is the natural conclusion to any program of political correctness. And we have a few of those.

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  4. philebersole Says:

    The Chinese government arrested two Canadians, Michael Korvig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavpr, a businessman, on charges of espionage, in December, 2018, after the Canadian government detained Meng Wanzhou, chief technology officer of Huawei Technologies Co. and daughter of its founder, on charges of fraud in connection with violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

    Huawei is reputedly the world’s most advanced maker of 5G telecommunications equipment. The U.S. government accuses Huawei of industrial espionage and says use of its equipment is a security risk.

    You can tell from watching the laowhy86 video and the first Winston Sterzel video that the two of them are friends. I’m guessing from the second Sterzel video that their mutual friend is Michael Korvig and not the other Michael.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/06/19/880741322/china-charges-2-canadians-with-espionage-in-case-tied-to-u-s-prosecution-of-huaw

    None of this shows much respect for the rule of law in either the USA, Canada or China.

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  5. Notes To Ponder Says:

    Forget Russian interference in elections, China is infinitely more concerning. China terrifies me, anyone not sharing my concern needs to wake up. In my opinion China is extremely dangerous. Where to begin? Global acquisition of land and resources? Oblivious disregard for human rights by global economies thirsty for Chinese capital?
    https://www.thetrumpet.com/14006-chinas-hundred-year-strategy
    China has a plan that doesn’t include input from or compromise with other nations. Argh!

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