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      01-18-2019, 07:17 PM   #244
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Do you get the sense that they are frantic / really nervous about this CFO being questioned? Does she have some sort of secrets they are worried will be exposed?

It just seems to be blown out of proportion in relation to what happened.
I think for the Chinese govt, it's not about what she may or may not say, it is about national pride. They want to be seen as the good guys and the evidence that comes out of this may be bad for their image.

Also the whole "century of humiliation" thing where they feel like they've been bullied by other countries all the time and so they're standing up to what they perceive as the bully. China's ambassador to Canada has said that "Western egotism and white supremacy" were behind calls for Beijing to release two detained Canadians.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/w...supremacy.html

The motivations behind some of the stuff China does is not very complex... they think they're being bullied and so they're standing up to the bullies.
As an avid enthusiast of Chinese history, I completely understand the "century of humiliation" and the deep-seated desire for the Chinese to secure what in their mind is their rightful place in the world.

That being said, I never felt like the Communist Party was genuine in that regard. They have consistently used nationalist rhetoric as a means of control, mobilization, as well as indoctrination.
The real end game for them is to challenge the status quo (rather than working with it), step-by-step and in their ideology, the Party comes first, even before China itself.

It's this disingenuous approach that has me worried, especially given their track record and their political development as of late (under Xi).
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