In an attempt to prove how anachronistic and disconnected its leadership truly is, the National Development and Reform Commission attempted to get representatives of 30 companies, including Microsoft, GE, IBM, and Intel, to write weird Maoist ‘self-criticisms.’ The foreign imperialist capitalist roaders were not amused.
Forbes, defender of capitalism everywhere, seems pretty sure that this is all an attempt to resurrect full-blown Maoism, and reports:
The discriminatory targeting of foreign business is reminiscent of the xenophobia of Mao’s era, and that may be no coincidence.
Xi Jinping has been conducting a series of Maoist-inspired “rectification” and “mass line” campaigns since he became China’s leader last November, and Marx is enjoying a Beijing-sponsored revival at the moment. China, unfortunately, is beginning to resemble the neighboring state run by the Kim family, and as a consequence Chinese netizens have started to call their own country “West Korea.”
West Korea, from all appearances, is becoming more “Red” by the day. […]
Xi Jinping has created an increasingly anti-foreign atmosphere in Beijing, something reflected in his Document No. 9. As xenophobia becomes even more evident, arrogant Beijing officials are making less and less pretense of honoring their international trade obligations.
Xi Jinping is busy painting the country Red, and none of the consequences for multinationals in China are good.
While it’s never a good idea to have faith in the workings of China’s “Communist” party, it’s probably safe to assume that we are more than a single-misstep from falling into a second cultural revolution.