The 19th century was the centennial of Europe, the 20th of America. At the beginning of this millennium, many predicted that the 21st century would be the centennial of Asia. Delusion: This is the century of China. Pretty soon He’il be number 1. Everything.

A short excerpt from the book by Theo Zomer, China First, C. H. Beck Verlag, with translation from Deutsche Welle

“China First”-so is titled the new Book of the German publicist Theo Zomer. The long-standing editor-in-chief and publisher of the weekly “Di Tzyte” published some of his more important conclusions in this book. Here are some of them:

“The 19th century was the centenary of Europe, the 20th of America. At the beginning of this millennium, many predicted that the 21st century would be the centennial of Asia. Delusion: This is the century of China.

We are constantly reading newspaper headlines: “The Chinese are coming.” But this is the second fallacy: The Chinese are already here. In the last 40 years they carried out a leap forward, which is unexemplary in world history. China’s GDP increased 60 times, while income per capita-100 times. Since 2010 China has been the most mighty trading power in the world and since 2012 the second largest world economy. Within the next decade China will overtake the US “, writes the author and recalls that between 700 and 800 million Chinese jumped the poverty line and entered the middle class. And according to forecasts, until 2020 year and the rest will get rid of poverty. In 2021 year, per capita income should reach 12 thousand dollars per year. It is expected that by 2035 China to join the middle group of developed industrial countries and in 2049 to come out in the lead, notes Theo Zomer and continues:

Chinese masterplan

“The project” Made in China 2025 “is a grandiose economic development program with the aim to overtake all industrial states by the middle of the next decade. Until then, in ten key industrial sectors, China has to become a leading force, and for this purpose the state is assisting industrialists with hundreds of billions of dollars. (…) China’s president, Zzinpin, wants his country to become the first force in global politics. The Beijing leadership intends to revive the greatness and dignity of Chinese civilization and leave behind its back the humilitions the country has undergone for a hundred years after its violent opening to the world as a result of the first opium War in 1839-1842. The leadership will of EN jinpin changes the global ratio of forces. He has great plans for the People’s Republic, which has to emerge from his role of regional power and to stand “at the centre of the world stage”. He wants to turn China into the most powerful military force, in the largest and most leading scientific nation, in the leader of innovation, in infrastructure superpower, in the leader of the fight against climate change, in a world cultural and football force. ”

Theo Zomer believes that among today’s political leaders, Zjinpin is the only one who has a global strategy. The author gives for example the huge Chinese investments for the new “Silk Road”-1000 billion dollars are foreseen.

“China urged around 100 countries and organisations to participate in the construction of the Silk Road as a thriving corridor for economic cooperation. The slogan reads “Cutting” and the goal is the construction of infrastructure: railways and roads, pipelines, power stations, dams, networks of optical cables-all this must be the basis for a non-exemplary economic leap. (…)

The Chinese are advancing step by step, region by region, sector by sector-in tune with ancient Chinese wisdom “When you cross the river, you need to pieceof the stones along the bottom.” And they think way ahead. Until 2049 year, when the 100 anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China will be celebrated, “the Celestial Empire” should become a “rich, powerful, democratic, cultured, harmonious and beautiful” country “, writes the author and notes That many countries around the world perceive the Chinese rise as a threat:

“The Chinese project for the new” Silk Road “is not at all as harmless as it might seem at first glance. With its investments and loans, China creates spheres of influence all over the globe (…) and strongly shakes the previous world order. (…) A number of observers even see the horizon a new Cold War. Which, of course, has little to do with the same-time conflict between East and west, between Moscow and the free world. In military and political terms, the Soviet Union was a great power, but economic had no significance for the West, which was painless to impose on the USSR embargo, boycotts or sanctions. Quite another is the situation with China, whose economy is so closely connected with the rest of the world that a trade war, let alone a Cold war, would be detrimental for many. ”

The hope that growing well-being will turn China into democracy has proved to be illusory, writes further on Theo Zomer, and argues that Zjinpin has not only left the introduction by Deng Xiaoping as the collective leadership principle, but has also created the conditions for a new cult to Personality, which reminds a lot of Mao’s cult.

When a sack of rice spilled in China

“The divide between the economy and policy, which has existed for some time, has been abolished, not only in the field. Quite purposefully he took everything under his control: the party, the Army, entrepreneurship, the media. He lifted the limit of two mandates for the presidency and entered the constitution “the thinking of his djinpin”. And that’s not all: he is about to conquer society through a digital dictatorship to control the views and morality that completely obscuring the Orwelov “1984”. Under the direction of his China takes the path from the authoritarian to the totalitarian state.

And with the culture of abstinence imposed by Deng-China has become an expanding and “surpassing” power, and in its foreign policy practiced “diplomacy of great Power”. While Deng insisted that China is not a model for other countries, today, Zjinpin praises its system as a model for others-as an alternative to the western model, characterised by “disarticulated societies, endless shifts of power and social chaos”.