Sorry, the point I got was that the big bad US and their propaganda is the only thing allowing these countries to even be countries instead of just more sameness under the steam roller of communism.loserga wrote: ↑Feb 10th, 2019 10:09 pmI don't see the point in calling people names due their views. I suggest you take your words elsewhere.
My views come from my status as a Chinese Canadian, and a citizen of the Republic of China, a rump state which only survived thanks to the Korean War, and remains a thorn in the PRC's side due to US interests, but on the other hand cannot secure its borders against the PLA without American assistance.
So no, we are not communist apologists. Having fought communists on air, sea, and land for 50 years, and through sheer diplomatic prowess prevented the PRC from seizing recognition as the Chinese government for 20 years after losing the mainland, we do not view them as our betters. On the other hand, we don't just recognize other governments by the differences in the ideology that they espouse (and thus how they treat their citizens), but also by the potential benefits and liabilities from engaging with them as nation states.
We recognize the US as an ally on the basis of its promise to defend Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese attack, and take every step diplomatically to ensure that the US remains committed to Taiwan. We also recognize the US as a nation motivated more by its avarice as opposed to benevolence when it comes to managing global affairs, having dealt with them directly or through their corporate agents in one form or the other since achieving nationhood, and having assisted them and its allies militarily in global conflicts over half a century.
American hegemony is built on the complete and utter denial of a nation's ability to determine its own future if it conflicts with US interests. Thus trade sanctions are not just an American maneuver to destroy a nation by attrition, they are also an acknowledgment that the Americans haven't been able to destroy, remove, or influence the local government through any other means in order to further its own agenda. Being the last resort used against an enemy state, trade sanctions continue to be accompanied by other methods of destabilization such as propaganda, bribes, subterfuge, etc.
Radio Free Asia, being heavily influenced by the CIA, does not target Americans or their neighbours, but rather US allies in Asia and their neighbours. Their objective is the creation and reinforcement of divisions between US allies and enemies in the region through the manipulation of facts and rumours. If trade sanctions by the US Department of Commerce are already in place, then propaganda campaigns by Radio Free Asia would have already been in place long before that.
As an aside, Taiwan has its own experiences with American radio propaganda, having hosted the US military's Armed Forces Network Taiwan starting in the late 50s, which was then reorganized into ICRT by American businessmen after the US recognized the PRC.
The second biggest threat against the US in East Asia is thawing relations between North and South Korea. For other governments in the region this is an indication that US presence is weakening. China, drawing on its strengths as both a resource-rich land and a low-cost, high volume manufacturer with a well-developed supply chain, doesn't need to engage in propaganda campaigns in Korea - these strengths alone allow it to become a regional hegemon. The South Korean government, like the ROC, has only ever wanted the US to defend them militarily against their own enemies. If relations improve between North and South, then there's little reason for the South to allow US troops to be stationed there, and the Chinese will naturally extend its economic reach over both nations.
This leads into my final point: China and Korea remain divided because the Americans see one as a potential rival and the other as an inevitable vassal of the former.
Also not like I haven't heard this hypocrisy a million times from first generation immigrants. Someday your children will return home after you've bled canada dry to return former glory to whatever you imagine your birth country to be, we promise.