China has one ambition, “to rule the world.” What has become of their economic might is not what they expected. Yes, they have ignited economies with their spending; for example the left behind third world of Africa and Latin America. In Europe they have bought company after company, some world renown. The EU has depended on Chinese investment to help their lethargic and destitute economies. However, these countries are now finding that they are paying a unforeseen price. What gives?
Dealing with China has a price. Omerta! That is correct. Deal with them and shut the “F” up. China does not take criticism lightly. So if they give you money, you are expected to tow the Chinese Communist line. In other words, no criticism from government officials, suppress the press when it comes to our internal affairs and if any of your companies operate in China, they must keep their mouths shut.
But on the way to the ball, the Chinese have found a “no welcome” sign hanging on the door. Country after country has suffered a brazen attack or threat from Xi’s government. Either you keep out of our politics or you will pay the price. To put it bluntly the Europeans have had it up to their ears. Sweden is the front runner in the feud.
“(click)We treat our friends with fine wine,” said the man in black suit from his armchair, adding, “but for our enemies we got shotguns.” This is not a line from the latest blockbuster gangster movie, but a message from China’s ambassador to Sweden, speaking directly to Swedish public radio.
The above line is only one of several threats Ambassador Gui Congyou has been busy issuing since Swedish PEN announced in early November that kidnapped Swedish publisher Gui Minhai will receive the Tucholsky Prize — an annual award to writers and publicists living under threat or in exile — this year.