Beijng’s Aggression Towards US is Uniting American Political Leaders Against CCP: Expert

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership does not understand the nature of American democracy, according to one expert, and is failing to enact policies that could ease tensions between China and the United States and increase the prosperity of the Chinese people.“When I was in China I would teach concepts like democracy, and I could see none of my students understood democracy,” said Gregory Moore, Head of the School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham during an interview with EpochTV’s “China Insider” at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on June 3. Moore, who lived and taught in China for 14 years, including a stint teaching comparative politics for CCP cadres, said that communist propaganda and decades of socialization had effectively snuffed the spark of burgeoning democratic thought in mainland China and that many, including the highly educated, did not grasp the nuances of representative government. “The Chinese, even the scholars, I kind of feel like most of them really don’t understand American democracy,” Moore said. “And that’s their disadvantage. It’s hard for them to read us when they don’t get that.” Moore said that the issues worsened in recent decades, particularly accelerating with the growing authoritarianism of CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping. “Many people thought [Xi] might be more pragmatic, more of a technocrat, but he’s really become much more dogmatic and he’s gone back to even sort of a Maoist sort of approach,” Moore said. “I mean, he’ll never be Mao, but more of a dogmatic ideological leftist.” “That’s where Xi Jinping has gone. And so, it’ll be interesting to see this fall if there’s some push back … in the inner circles of Chinese politics.” Xi, who became party leader in 2012 and is seeking a third term later this year, faces numerous hurdles due to his heavy-handedness with COVID-19 policy and economic controls. Moore said that there were “hints” of pushback against Xi from within the CCP due to the negative effects that some of his more draconian policies have had on the Chinese people. Additionally, Moore noted that Xi’s leadership and its frequently adversarial approach to diplomacy with the United States was doing more harm than good for China by uniting American political leadership against the CCP regime. “It’s very upsetting that we are so divided [in the United States] right now but, when it comes to China, it’s pretty unified,” Moore said. “When China’s very aggressive like this, it kind of brings the two parties together. That’s really not in China’s interest, actually. So actually taking a more cosmopolitan, less dogmatic, less ideological, less aggressive approach is in China’s interest, because then China will get the U.S. off its back to get all the sanctions taken down.” Though the Biden administration has sought to undo much of the work of the Trump administration which came before it, Trump’s tough-on-China policies have persisted to become what may be the one solid line of continuity between the two administrations. If the CCP really wanted to lessen the economic hurt caused by those policies, Moore said, it would open up its economy more and engage in more amiable diplomacy that could actually convince President Joe Biden of lifting harsher sanctions and tariffs. At present, however, Moore said that was unlikely, as Xi’s tenure has been marked by a tendency to preserve Party security above all, including the Chinese people. “Of course, the thing is, for the Chinese Communist Party, regime security is always the number one issue,” Moore said. “My read of them is they don’t see that benign policy towards the U.S. … is in their interest for the regime security sort of front.” “I feel pretty good about our strategy right now, the question is always with the U.S. a question of focus—can we sustain that focus?” Follow Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military affairs, and national security. He holds a master's in military history from Norwich University. Follow David Zhang is the host of China Insider on EpochTV. He is currently based in New York and Washington DC covering China-related news. He focuses on expert interviews and news commentary on China affairs, especially issues regarding the U.S.–China relationship.

Beijng’s Aggression Towards US is Uniting American Political Leaders Against CCP: Expert

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership does not understand the nature of American democracy, according to one expert, and is failing to enact policies that could ease tensions between China and the United States and increase the prosperity of the Chinese people.

“When I was in China I would teach concepts like democracy, and I could see none of my students understood democracy,” said Gregory Moore, Head of the School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham during an interview with EpochTV’s “China Insider” at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on June 3.

Moore, who lived and taught in China for 14 years, including a stint teaching comparative politics for CCP cadres, said that communist propaganda and decades of socialization had effectively snuffed the spark of burgeoning democratic thought in mainland China and that many, including the highly educated, did not grasp the nuances of representative government.

“The Chinese, even the scholars, I kind of feel like most of them really don’t understand American democracy,” Moore said. “And that’s their disadvantage. It’s hard for them to read us when they don’t get that.”

Moore said that the issues worsened in recent decades, particularly accelerating with the growing authoritarianism of CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping.

“Many people thought [Xi] might be more pragmatic, more of a technocrat, but he’s really become much more dogmatic and he’s gone back to even sort of a Maoist sort of approach,” Moore said. “I mean, he’ll never be Mao, but more of a dogmatic ideological leftist.”

“That’s where Xi Jinping has gone. And so, it’ll be interesting to see this fall if there’s some push back … in the inner circles of Chinese politics.”

Xi, who became party leader in 2012 and is seeking a third term later this year, faces numerous hurdles due to his heavy-handedness with COVID-19 policy and economic controls. Moore said that there were “hints” of pushback against Xi from within the CCP due to the negative effects that some of his more draconian policies have had on the Chinese people.

Additionally, Moore noted that Xi’s leadership and its frequently adversarial approach to diplomacy with the United States was doing more harm than good for China by uniting American political leadership against the CCP regime.

“It’s very upsetting that we are so divided [in the United States] right now but, when it comes to China, it’s pretty unified,” Moore said.

“When China’s very aggressive like this, it kind of brings the two parties together. That’s really not in China’s interest, actually. So actually taking a more cosmopolitan, less dogmatic, less ideological, less aggressive approach is in China’s interest, because then China will get the U.S. off its back to get all the sanctions taken down.”

Though the Biden administration has sought to undo much of the work of the Trump administration which came before it, Trump’s tough-on-China policies have persisted to become what may be the one solid line of continuity between the two administrations.

If the CCP really wanted to lessen the economic hurt caused by those policies, Moore said, it would open up its economy more and engage in more amiable diplomacy that could actually convince President Joe Biden of lifting harsher sanctions and tariffs.

At present, however, Moore said that was unlikely, as Xi’s tenure has been marked by a tendency to preserve Party security above all, including the Chinese people.

“Of course, the thing is, for the Chinese Communist Party, regime security is always the number one issue,” Moore said. “My read of them is they don’t see that benign policy towards the U.S. … is in their interest for the regime security sort of front.”

“I feel pretty good about our strategy right now, the question is always with the U.S. a question of focus—can we sustain that focus?”


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Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military affairs, and national security. He holds a master's in military history from Norwich University.


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David Zhang is the host of China Insider on EpochTV. He is currently based in New York and Washington DC covering China-related news. He focuses on expert interviews and news commentary on China affairs, especially issues regarding the U.S.–China relationship.