Background Of the Understanding China Papers
Once the controllers of American foreign policy decided that China was our Number 1 enemy, the information we received about China was unlikely to be completely fair and neutral. Since the enmity is military as well as economic and cultural, our government wants us to support it in acting against China on all those ways. Hence the information we receive is presented in such a way as to encourage us to think badly about China. Many Americans have no ready access to any other information about China.
We have wanted to offer an alternative. What are the facts? How does China look if we do not read about it as our enemy? Can we understand Chinese actions? To understand may or may or may not be to approve, but it is to locate actions in a common world and not demonize the actors. They act out of a different culture and historical experience. If we understand them, then when we need to do so, we can work with them. Our goal is to encourage cooperation on global issues for our own sake and for the sake of life on Earth.
We hope you will find our papers generally accurate and fair. Most of all, we hope that you will share our opposition to war with China and not allow American propaganda to make us psychologically acceptant of war. The Chinese see matters differently from Americans. They seek to advance the wellbeing and power of China and thereby they threaten the unilateral control of the world by the United States.
They make their share of mistakes, but they are human beings, like us, who will work with us to solve the planet’s problems if approached as such. Of course, our little group also makes mistakes and formulates facts in unfair ways. Sometimes, no doubt, in seeking to be fair to China we may be unfair to the United States. We apologize and ask your help to distort less.
On some topics, our group knows that it is not currently able to judge the facts reliably. In such instances, a different approach is possible. American propaganda may be confronted by Chinese propaganda. We will make no claim to adjudicate. But it is good for Americans to know how the Chinese understand what has happened as well as American propaganda on these topics.
In our own efforts to understand, we have encountered interpretations that are quite new to us. We have no way of judging them, but we think we have a better chance of acting responsibly when we know how the Chinese understand what has happened. Accordingly, to the papers above that represent our opinions, we add this one explicitly presented as what we have elsewhere explained to be Chinese propaganda. We think we are accurately presenting Chinese propaganda to supplement the American propaganda that dominates the American media.
We think Americans will find helpful and interesting the Chinese under-standing of China’s takeover of Tibet, what happened at Tiananmen square, the tensions between Hong Kong and China, and Chinese policy about the Uyghurs interesting. We think that the Chinese understanding of these matters is accurate. We make no pretense to have the information needed to judge the correctness of the understanding.