Six years ago, I hosted a radio show called "China Takes Over the World." It explored the myriad issues surrounding China’s growing global influence and provided critical analysis of U.S.-China geostrategic competition. I'm now raising money for a new nonprofit that will resurrect this show.
Many in the West have feared–and many in China have hoped–that China would dominate the world in the 21st century. In 2020, China has indeed taken over the world, but unintentionally, by bequeathing the globe with the COVID-19 virus.
As the pandemic wreaked havoc in countries near and far, China openly flaunted its authoritarianism, whether by shamelessly blaming the U.S. military as the source of the coronavirus, pressuring the World Health Organization to do its bidding, barring the export of personal protective equipment, or bragging about its draconian lockdowns as the superior way to combat the virus. As if that's not enough, China currently keeps a million-plus Muslims in internment camps and recently passed a new national security law that essentially ended the "one country, two systems" framework under which it had promised to govern Hong Kong until 2047.
Meanwhile, China has taken center stage as America's most serious strategic threat and geopolitical adversary. As the trade war with the United States raged during the first term of the Trump administration, China's economic might continued to speak loudly and at times obnoxiously, through everything from state-directed foreign investments to restrictions on foreign entities doing business in China.
Yet, much of America's commentary and analysis on China is woefully inadequate. On one end of the spectrum, it is full of hot air—ill-informed and intellectually shallow, with far too many policymakers and commentators recklessly pining for conflict. On the other end, it is snotty, self-righteous, boring, and delivered by people who condescend to the American public and are far too eager to accommodate Beijing's wishes, including by condemning legitimate criticism of China as racist.
Americans deserve better China coverage. I promise a show that covers the pressing China-related issues of the day and is accessible to everyone. I also promise lively and provocative commentary, not lectures or sanctimony. (View or listen to examples here and here.)
In 2014, "China Takes Over the World" aired every Saturday morning on Hong Kong's public broadcast station. Today, the city is at the forefront of confronting the encroachments of Chinese authoritarianism. Throughout the city's mass protests in 2019, I wrote about the need to support the city's democracy movement—with candor and nuance—while condemning the violence from radical protestors. (You can read examples of my columns here and here.) Alas, too many U.S. politicians and senior officials chose political convenience over the truth.
The resurrected "China Takes Over the World" today will cover historical moments like the Hong Kong democracy movement with similar intellectual rigor. It will also examine the best interests and options for the United States.
In the last episode of "China Takes Over the World" that aired in Hong Kong six years ago, I recited a poem from the famed Chinese historical novel, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Aptly, the nonprofit under which the new show will be housed is named the Three Kingdoms Institute, after a period in Chinese history that saw fierce battles and rivalries, as well as legendary strategy and clear-eyed thinking.
It is for the institute and the show that this campaign seeks funding. "China Takes Over the World" plans to relaunch this summer on a popular podcast platform in the United States.
The Three Kingdoms Institute seeks funding for the following:
-Podcast/radio show production
-Filing for IRS 501(c)(3) status
-Promotional costs, including on social media
Your contributions will be tax deductible. Though the Three Kingdoms Institute does not yet have federal tax-exempt status, it is incorporated as a nonprofit on the state level and hence all donations qualify for tax deduction.
I hope you will support this worthwhile project.
- Michael Zatkin
- JAME DONATH
- Andrew Patch
- Chengbiao Tu