Chapter 27 “China snuggles with Tsar Putin”
China never forgave former Donald J. Trump for calling the COVID-19 virus the “Chinese virus” and blaming China for a cover-up. Even when Biden won the US presidential election in 2020 so much animosity had congealed that even Biden’s attempt at rapprochement was ignored by the Chinese. Then the all-out tariff war rocked both countries. In China consumers were warned not to buy American and China had the AI to easily identify offenders. In the United States the slogan was slightly different and that was, “Don’t buy from COVID killers”. Of course this did nothing but escalate very strong animosity which from the Chinese side hit the roof when Meng Wanzouh the CFO of Huawei, who had been extradited to the United States by Canada was convicted of multiple fraud charges in 2021 and sentenced to 45 years in a maximum security prison. Shortly after that 4 Americans in China were convicted of espionage charges and killed by a firing squad on national television. Wasting no time and seeing how decimated the American military was by the subsequent waves of COVID-19 and COVID Plus China “liberated” both Taiwan and Hong Kong. The new slogan was now “New Family, Peace and Power” while the unofficial slogan was Vietnam like, “Kill Americans”.
Americans pulled out of China all business operations which coupled with an effective blockade of Chinese goods into the United States put a crippling kick to the head of the Chinese economy. It wasn’t easy for China and Walmart to be so forcefully separated. The United States had been weaning off Chinese goods for a few years and in Trump fashion brought some manufacturing back to the United States so it was not hurting as badly as China was. Needless to say with so many consumers succumbing to the COVID virus and the execution of 4 American citizens by China the need for cheap Chinese goods dwindled
Now while Tsar Putin had done an exceptionally good job of sending hundreds of thousands to Siberia, executing many and putting on big Stalinist show trials as a true Russian monarch he knew full well he could trust no one. The Russians were at the top of the hacking game but on surveillance they were near the back of the pack and China was at the top aided at one point by Google when China and the United States were still conversing with each other.
So China and Russia up cozied to each other creating an Orwellian Eurasian military pact, free trade agreements and cultural exchanges. Putin installed the latest surveillance devices and equipment with the help of Chinese “advisors”.
The United States responded by forcing all Chinese Americans to go through an American “Loyalty” Programme”. Chinese Americans were subject to rampant racism.
What a tangled web COVID had woven!