As a medical professional, I am interested in the existence of virulent viruses that can infect the body so quickly that the very defenses the body uses to stop the infection kill the body in the process of defense. While the Europeans that came to America were resistant to certain diseases that had existed on their continent for centuries, these same diseases wiped out the indigenous people of North and Central America, killing off as many as 90 percent of their population in just a few short decades. And the world waits for the next pandemic, for which all of mankind has no defenses, to spread across the globe.
In economic terms, the West infected China’s economy with pandemic beginning in 1839, destroying its ability to sustain its citizens and precipitating the death of 40 million in the ensuing years. Ours was an economic pandemic brought about by the forced addiction of China’s population to opium at the point of a gunboat. Our virus was intended to exploit China’s entire population for the benefit of cheap tea and forced reciprocal “fair” trade.
Autoimmunity, another bizarre infliction of the human body, occurs when the body attacks itself, purging perfectly good tissues as if they were foreign invaders. In economic and political terms, China was more intent in the 19th and 20th century to practice autoimmunity upon her own citizens killing over 70 million through 1971 when the Cultural Revolution ended.
The Qing dynasty that had lasted from 1644 began to fail with the Opium wars. Afterwards, the lack of a culturally sustaining strong middle class allowed a series of reforms and violent reactions to reforms leading to successive rebellions which ended in the fall of the dynasty in 1911. From that point, China fell into factions of warlord fighting that ended in a 22 year civil war ending with WWII. Having been helped by the Soviet Union, China emerged as the world’s largest communist state. But these violent swings between reform and rebellion continued through the 1970s.
When China’s leader Mao chose to modernize China within the realm of her communist structure beginning in 1958 with the “Great Leap Forward”, he intended to bring China forward from an agrarian society to an industrial one by placing uneducated farmers in massive scale industrial facilities. The result was a loss of tens of millions of peasants through starvation. Mao temporarily lost power to more liberal elements that began to assert education and capitalism.
To regain power, Mao initiated the Cultural Revolution in 1966 that lasted until his death in 1976. His goal was to enforce socialism in the country by removing capitalist and cultural elements from China and imposing his orthodoxy. He removed party leaders through violent class struggle and inspired China’s youth to form Red Guard groups around the country. The movement then spread to the military and to the party itself.
After his death, Deng Xiaoping, who had been sent off earlier to re-education camps, returned the country to an educated path toward industrialization and modernization. The “Four modernizations” were begun in 1978 and China opened its doors to outside investment in 1979.
Beginning with the West’s gunboat diplomacy that precipitated the fall of China’s long lived dynasty, China ruptured her culture within waves of reforms and rebellions struggling between modernizing to meet the threats of the West and isolating from its decadence. What emerged in 1979 was a perfected structure and strategy intended to rebuild China by drawing the capital of the West to her shores while maintaining her cultural integrity from within.
China had learned from her earlier starts and fits of reforms, her grand failure of the Great Leap Forward, her class struggles of the Cultural Revolution, from forty years of running the largest country in the world through centralized planning of communism, and from observations of Japan’s and ASEAN’s manipulation of the West’s capitalistic and international banking systems to create a perfected strategy that would extract the maximum value of capital from the West onto her shores in the 30 years of the “Great Extraction.”