While in grammar school, a new boy was introduced to my class, as Chou Chu Chi. He was a refugee whose family had escaped from China ahead of the Japanese, and they were now living in New York City as refugee guests of the United States.
Chou Chu continued in our class through high school, after which he entered Harvard.
Just before China entered the war on the side of the North Koreans, Chou Chu returned to China. He subsequently fought against the Americans and was an interpreter for the Chinese during the peace talks.
But the story really begins while Chou Chu was going to school in New York City.
All during their stay, Chou Chu Chi’s family worked studiously in support of the Chinese Communists, while the US government was working with Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalist government. In effect, while guests of the United States, Chou Chu Chi’s family was working to undermine US policy.
He described the High School we attended as: “A hard-left-leaning experimental high school associated with Teachers College at Columbia University.” He, and many others in the class, quoted Marx and supported the Soviet Union and communist activities in the United Staes. There were only a few of us in the class who weren’t communists or communist sympathizers.
Our freshman year began by making an eight-foot-long papier-mâché map of the Soviet Union. We studied Russia’s history, its search for a warm water port, its tyrannical czars, such as Ivan the Terrible, it’s look to the West with Peter the Great, the revolution and finally its “heroic” fight against Nazi Germany … The siege of Leningrad, the mighty Red Army, and the victory at Stalingrad. We also learned about the Soviet Union’s constitution, which was taught as being superior to ours.
These years at Horace Mann Lincoln, were when I learned about communism. But I came away understanding the evils of communism, not its supposed virtues.
Later, Chou Chu, whose Chinese name was actually Ji Chaozhu, wrote a book The Man on Mao’s Right. Ji had become the interpreter for Chinese leaders, but most interestingly, he was the personal interpreter for Zhou Enlai during Nixon’s historic visit to China.
Ji wrote openly in his book about his years as a student in New York City, and about his family’s activities in support of the Communist Party in China. He has many pictures in the book, including two where I’m in the picture.
The book is actually very interesting, and the pictures provide a glimpse of Ji and his family’s activities while living in the US, but, more importantly, it provides a glimpse inside China and the Chinese Communist Party.
Ji became an ambassador to Fiji, and eventually Ambassador to the Court of Saint James, in London. There was even a period where Ji spent time at a reeducation farm feeding pigs.
There is another book that’s equally interesting, but vastly more important.
While Ji’s book showed how dedicated communists worked tirelessly and without loyalty to anyone, other than to the Party, the second book establishes China’s ultimate objective of replacing the Untied States as the world’s global super power.
The second book, The Hundred Year Marathon, by Pillsbury, establishes how the Chinese Communist Party works tirelessly, and clandestinely, to become the dominant world power by 2049 … The hundredth anniversary of the Communist’s defeat of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949.
It’s pure coincidence, but I spent Christmas 1949 in Keelung, Formosa, now Taiwan, immediately after Chiang Kai-shek and his army arrived in Formosa. We had brought a shipload of phosphates for use as fertilizer to Formosa. Amazingly, the ship was unloaded by hand, without the use of any mechanical assistance. There were blackouts and air raid alarms, and a constant threat that the Communist’s would follow Chiang Kai-shek to Formosa.
The Hundred Year Marathon establishes how China will overcome the United States, first by lying low and not appearing to be a threat, then by cajoling and then by stealing critical scientific information.
The book describes nine principles of Chinese strategy. Here are four of them:
- Induce complacency to avoid alerting your opponent.
- Manipulate your opponents advisers.
- Be patient—for decades or longer—to achieve victory.
- Steal your opponents ideas and technology for strategic purposes.
The United States is a benevolent nation, and it believed that, after Nixon’s visit, China would modernize, and as it did so, it would become more democratic.
It’s now clear we were complacent and naive. Nearly all our advisers and China experts were manipulated and deceived.
COVID-19 has turned out to be a warning.
We should use this warning to reverse what has been happening over the past few decades.
China is not only our opponent, it is a predator that intends to displace us.
Strategically, one should ask, has COVID-19 resulted in a reversal of shi?
Shi is fully explained in the Hundred Year Marathon.
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Well done. Thought provoking. Thanks.
Great to hear from you.
Great article. Your experiences are an important part of understanding the situation
Thanks. I appreciate your comments.
Very interest article, Donn. It is a real eye opener on the real interests of China.
Thanks. Glad you had a chance to read the article. China has now been exposed as an adversary.
Thanks for the “The Hundred Year Marathon” reference. The long view was noted recently in a book review I saw about the Hapsburgs- https://literaryreview.co.uk/born-to-marry
and how “In the Habsburg world, by contrast, it conduced ‘towards regulation, the “science of the state” … and the subjection of the individual to the common good, as the sovereign understood it to be’”… sovereign and party differ.
Interesting. I love the phraseology in the book review.
“In his new book, The Habsburgs, he has produced a Rolls-Royce of a narrative that motors through ten centuries of history with an effortlessness that belies the intellectual horsepower beneath the bonnet.”
I can see the similarity between the world view of the Habsburgs and that of China or any other authoritarian regime.
Maybe if we paid our workers more they would not buy the cheap products from China. And maybe if we were more like China and not spend all our taxes on wars and more for advanced technology
Thanks for your comments.
China built cheap products because they paid their workers far less than we pay ours. In addition, China has far fewer regulations protecting the environment, so they can make things more cheaply without regard to environmental degradation. They also don’t pay as much attention to working conditions and human rights.
I hope you read Hundred Year Marathon as it will provide you with some knowledge about China’s past and its agenda for the future. As for our military expenditures? You can write and say what you want because of the men and women who have kept you free.
Donn, You have had a fascinating life. I always enjoy your articles on energy and power generation. This one really opened my eyes as to what the Chinese are doing to send their smart youth to the best U.S. schools and Universities. Interestingly, I employed a Chinese graduate of NCSU about ten years ago. He came to us stating he “wanted practical experience that our company could provide”, the claim seemed reasonable, he had an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering. This explained why he would want to join our small field service, trouble shooting and results oriented company? Why not a large R&D operation? Later I found out. About a week after being hired I was advised he needed his H1B Visa. That cost us about $6,000. As soon as he received it he quit and went to work for a major American manufacturer. The experience made me wary. I have tried to live by the Golden Rule for my entire life and tend to trust others to mean what they say. This experience in life showed that not everyone is truthful. (Imagine that) Shame on me for being so naive. Your experience is especially interesting because you followed the man you knew from grade school to adulthood in the CCP. Seems many in America have been very naive on China and the people they send to the U.S.A., and for a long time. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for sharing your experience.
It’s true that most Americans want to believe in the good of the people they meet.
Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out the way we would like. In the case of China, after Nixon’s visit, we all hoped that China would develop economically, and as it did so, become more democratic.
It’s now very clear we were all deceived, and that China is a predator that wants to replace the United States as leader of the world. That means, replacing democratic government with the Chinese communist party.
Donn, Thank you. My wish would be that K-12 Teachers read and understand the wisdom you offer in your Blogs.
Keep up the great work!
Thanks. I appreciate you comment. Frankly, I wish more people would read these articles.