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Switzerland is almost stunningly naive

There are things that change. China, for example. And things that remain there forever in Yesterday. Our image of China, for example, is dictated by the Europeans since decades, especially due to their laziness, their blindness, and opportunism. In the case of Switzerland this sleeping wandlerei went surprisingly long, surprisingly well: What you deserve! And yet, there are in history moments in which such a discrepancy between image and reality with a Time, as the consequences can early: Now is such a Moment.

Federal President Ueli Maurer is in China. The man, a few years ago, "the stroke" was in the story of the massacre on the square of Heavenly peace. Maurer will be this time to a Declaration of intent to sign the Switzerland part of China's controversial new silk road. Switzerland is to Italy – only the second Western industrial state that will go for it. China's Propaganda chanting. Mason says that it was "better to want to become involved in a development to make a positive change". We do not accept for a Moment, Mason and his Delegation were to go it alone, orders for Swiss companies, we take seriously his sentence so he reveals an almost breathtaking naivety. And is representative for large parts of the Swiss policy and economy.

"open your eyes!", you want to call: In China, the New emerges, something completely. A state of the world has not yet seen. The China of Reform and Opening up China, the most of us for four decades, grew up, is dead. Instead, the dictatorship invents under party chief Xi Jinping straight. The total control of the party on each and every one is back. The Repression is not as large as since the times of Mao Zedong. In only one and a half years, the party has been pounded in the Western province of Xinjiang, one of the largest Gulag in the world's history from the ground up – re-education camp for more than a Million Muslims. At the same time, Xi Jinping to go there, where no dictator was in front of him: He missed the dictatorship of a digital Update by using artificial intelligence and Big Data. The Communist party of China is just going to create the most perfect surveillance state the world has ever seen. Above all, however, The Communist party of China does in conscious competition to the systems of the West.

Not Russia, China will be the major challenge for the democracies of Europe.

this is new: China is marching with big steps to the "center of the world" (Xi Jinping). China no longer holds back international. On The Contrary. Xi has given his people a national great power of imagination, the world, the "wisdom of China". China can no longer engage in the rule-based international order, which is also the Switzerland peace and prosperity. China wants to shape this order, rather, after his own image, that is his Silk road project. The KP would like to influence, spending a lot of money, and an increasingly aggressive diplomacy in the human rights Council in Geneva as well as in our universities, in our media, to our politicians.

It is in order to do business with China. But you should be aware of what a state has to do it, what intentions he followed. To as a useful Idiot chucking for the Propaganda of a Leninist dictatorship, as Switzerland does, with the silk road now is the one. To make your language self to the other. As Ueli Maurer has done it in Tiananmen. Or how the "world week" it hailed just does, in fact, not only China's Ambassador for its Propaganda, now has a monthly platform, but the step as a heroic act of freedom of expression against the "China-Bashing". Small, shameless acts of treason to the democracy, which – you can bet many more will follow.

time for the Swiss to Wake up. The EU is already a step ahead, has publicly identified her old naivety renounced and China for the first time as a "strategic rival". Not Russia, China will be the major challenge for the democracies of Europe. And so they are against this challenge, several things are required: a passionate commitment to their own values. And a strong Europe, which is closed. Switzerland should decide to stand on the side of Europe.

the book on The topic: Kai Strittmatter: "The reinvention of dictatorship: based As China, the digital surveillance state and challenges". Piper, Munich 2018. 288 P., 34.90 Fr.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 27.04.2019, 08:35 PM

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