China always seems to get what they want. Despite being one of the world’s worst human rights violators, the Chinese have corporations, athletes, consumers, and Big Tech in their back pocket…and it’s getting old.
Recently, a photographer released a book of photos he took in Xinjiang province in China documenting the oppression of Muslims and their internment in concentration camps.
Kodak originally promoted his work on Instagram—which is banned in China—only to reverse course and take down the photographer’s work.
Writing for Bari Weiss’s Common Sense, Suzy Weiss reported the following:
Earlier this month, Patrick Wack got a boost any photographer would dream of when Kodak’s Instagram account — 841,000 followers and counting — decided to feature ten photographs from his forthcoming book. It’s called “Dust,” and it chronicles the transformation, over the past half-decade, of the Xinjiang region, the cradle of Uyghur civilization, at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.
Then, a few days after Kodak shared the photos, the company deleted them.
It didn’t just delete them. It replaced Wack’s haunting pictures with its corporate logo and a statement that reads, in part: “Kodak’s Instagram page is intended to enable creativity by providing a platform for promoting the medium of film. It is not intended to be a platform for political commentary.” It went on to “apologize for any misunderstanding or offense the post may have caused.”
Instagram is banned in China, so Kodak put out an additional statement on WeChat, a Chinese social-media platform. This one was more abject:
For a long time, Kodak has maintained a good relationship with the Chinese government and has been in close cooperation with various government departments. We will continue to respect the Chinese government and the Chinese law.
We will keep ourselves in check and correct ourselves, taking this as an example of the need for caution.”
And this backtracking, groveling apology to China is by no means unique to Kodak.
Corporations ranging from Coca-Cola and Apple to the NBA have all admitted their guilt and pledged their fealty to their Chinese overlords.
Well, the obvious answer is that China is a massive country, with 1.4 billion citizens and the world’s second-largest economy.
But the United States has the world’s largest economy, and it isn’t even close.
Why not focus more on the American economy and cease collaborating with a communist regime that is an Orwellian surveillance state and represses their people? One would think this would be an obvious choice for businesses.
It is asinine to work with the Chinese. Our corporations and defense contractors are helping plant the seeds of our destruction.
China has played these entities for fools, and we will all suffer the consequences of their complicity.
China still has not been punished by the international community for unleashing the Wuhan plague on the world.
The World Health Organization and governments around the world bent over back to defend China from claims that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, only now are these same people admitting that the virus may have resulted from a lab leak.
It is time for the world to stand up to China before it is too late. The people of Hong Kong and Taiwan are about to find out the hard way what happens to those who defy the Chinese communist regime.
How long until the world finds out as well?
That the million-dollar question…and the future of the world depends on the answer.