Japan from the inside out

Yes, an Evil Empire

Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A new great power is in the making, but one whose pursuit of its self-interest takes the amorality of power to a new plane. It is not just the Chinese who should be concerned about its institutional and moral failings; all of us should be.
– Will Huttton

IT WAS for good reason that Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an Evil Empire—the Soviet empire was, by any defintion, evil.

The rot of moral relativism has grown more severe since then, which is perhaps the reason that fewer people are willing to reaffirm reality in the modern era. But that’s exactly why this needs to be said: China is an Evil Empire in the making, with the potential to be even worse than the Soviet Union.

The Chinese do not yet have satellite states, though, like the Soviets, they have forcibly incorporated minority ethnic groups living at the borders of the dominant ethnic majority within the greater state. Unlike the Soviets, the Chinese do have the freedom to make money, but that freedom creates more problems than it solves when isolated in an immoral context.

The Soviets, however, had one freedom that the Chinese of today lack—the most basic freedom to create life. Here’s yet another example of how the deprivation of that freedom continues to result in ugly deformities.

In an article at, one Constance Kong (a pen name) writes:

(T)he Communist Government’s Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) says that the (one-child) policy has created a huge gender imbalance with significant implications for future social stability.

That’s a rather bland euphemism for “serious problems today that have the potential to become horrific in the not-distant future”.

According to the report, 24 million men reaching marriageable age by 2020 will never marry because of the sex imbalance. Think of it in these terms: what if the entire population of New York City or of Australia was never able to marry. Imagine the social implications in a city or nation that large where no one can marry. Imagine if that city or country is comprised solely of 24 million men; men with no homes to return to at night; men without the responsibilities of a family to keep them engaged in productive pursuits.

We don’t have to imagine what will happen. There are already reports that the country is becoming the Wild, Wild East of lawlessness. One example: bars where young male customers pay to assault the waiters.

That’s not what the government’s worried about, however:

The main concern raised by the CASS report is that 24 million men condemned to a life alone will result in a major strain on the State welfare system.

That’s going to be the least of their troubles. Most people would be able to provide for themselves in a society governed by the rule of law. But that’s not China.

While the number of baby girls being born has declined, the number of kidnappings and trafficking of young girls has risen. According to the National Population and Family Planning Commission…abductions and trafficking of women and girls has become “rampant”.

Young girls are being kidnapped within China and also from neighboring countries (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand) by organized gangs who sell them to families with boys of a similar age. The girls will be raised by the families and given as brides to their sons as soon as they reach marriageable age. Others are shipped to brothels within China for a life as sex slaves.

If the Japanese government weren’t under the control of a party so anxious to kowtow to the Chinese, this might be the time for the Diet to pass a resolution condemning the Chinese comfort women. Then again, the Japanese are seldom so presumptious.

Even more bizarre crimes have been reported in this patriarchal society where it is believed that a wife is necessary to tend to her husband even after death. A rising practice in some remote areas of China is to dig up the corpses of single women to sell to families whose sons may have recently perished. Posthumous wedding ceremonies are held to ensure the deceased son does not have to endure the next life alone. With higher prices commanded by fresh corpses of young women the practice has led to murders of young girls by some crime gangs looking to capitalize on distraught parents enduring the loss of a young son.

The phrase Evil Empire doesn’t quite cover it, does it?

Ms. Kong concludes:

By 2020 some 24 million men will start realizing that a family life is not for them – no matter how much they yearn for it. China should expect them to be just a little angry.

Let’s not be so circumspect. In a previous post to which I linked above, I wrote:

If sober and clear-minded people in governments around the world are not already devising ways to handle a hyper-nationalistic nuclear power with more than a billion people at the mercy of the largest and nastiest fraternity house in history, there’s going to be serious trouble.

Unfortunately, that still works for me.

Just as unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way. Which type of article is more frequently presented in the English-language media: Stories about the absence of human rights in China, which results in the warped behavior described above, or stories about whale hunts in the South Pacific?

China is not the only one that suffers from institutional and moral failings.

5 Responses to “Yes, an Evil Empire”

  1. Joe Jones said

    I also heard that there are restaurants in Tokyo where you can eat human flesh while defiling a dolphin. Crazy continent!

  2. spandrell said

    I can’t understand why people complain about the one child policy. So you’d rather have 2 billion Chinese by now? You think China is evil but you want more of their people?
    China was polygamist before it was communist, they are more than used to have millions of men dying alone. No big deal.
    And China as a government isn’t kidnapping girls, unlike Japan’s war machine. If SE Asia’s countries can’t stop gangs from kidnapping their women its their problem.

    What’s all this “fighting evil” medieval thinking? I thought modern (like post Ottoman empire modern) political discourse was about minding about your countries interests, not cheering the next crusade. Reagan called the USSR evil while feeding it American grain.

  3. tokyojesusfist said

    “And China as a government isn’t kidnapping girls, unlike Japan’s war machine”

    I wasn’t aware that Japan is running a war machine that is kidnapping girls.

    “If SE Asia’s countries can’t stop gangs from kidnapping their women its their problem.”

    Gee, and here I was thinking that it’s China’s responsibility to police its citizens so that they don’t go around kidnapping people.

    “What’s all this “fighting evil” medieval thinking?”

    Yeah, what’s that about? I thought hippies already eradicated all evil in the world decades ago.

  4. slim said

    This post is more about crime and social ills than what I would expect under the “Evil Empire” rubric: Talk of the state-directed hacking, spying and IP theft underscored by Google this month, and the PRC penchant for supporting odious regimes. These can more directly be laid atthe door of the Communist Party.

  5. mac wisdom said

    If the general average of homosexual males in any population is around 3 – 5% … then what does China have to worry about?

    That alone equates to 30,000,000 plus gays.

    Bring back the monastery system to add in a load of monks. Chuck in a few wars for dead soldiers. Be grateful for nerds and the generally impotent … and, to be honest, one really has nothing to worry about. As long as they do not over do it with lesbians. And, even then, you still have a 6,000,000 plus buffer zone.

    Whimsy aside … one of the really big related women’s issues in Asia right now are the high numbers of North Korean women being taken as sex slaves, slave brides, village owned “communal brides” and debt bondage from around the border zone. Illegal immigrants attempting to escape death and poverty in North Korea are being kidnapped and sold off, as we write, by Chinese agents and the complicity of some of the Chinese police and government (not all).

    The People’s Republic of China is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. It has not adopted comprehensive laws to criminalize human trafficking. China does not specifically prohibit commercial sexual exploitation involving coercion or fraud, nor does it prohibit all forms of trafficking, such as debt bondage.

    In short, if you are poor, female, foreign or ethnic in China … little has changed since 1945. The same Chinese networks exist that collude with, and profited from, the Showa Military’s advance.

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