thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / January 28, 2013
The Ministry of Public Security is working to set up an annual high-level meeting with US judicial officials in a bid to catch and return more Chinese fugitives. “We’re negotiating with the US Department of Homeland Security and will try to arrange the first summit this year,” said Wang Liqiang, a senior official in the ministry’s international cooperation bureau. The meeting is expected to bring together the minister of public security and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with their US counterparts to discuss cooperation on intelligence, operations, suspect repatriations and the recovery of stolen assets. – George Orwell‘s 1984, p. 76
Dominant Social Theme: The world ought to be a Prison Planet, even if it’s not yet.
Free-Market Analysis: Actually, the excerpt leading off this article is not from 1984 but from China’s international mouthpiece publication, China Daily. But it might just as well be from 1984. The intent fits right in with the agenda of Orwell’s fictional totalitarian society.
The title of the article is actually “China seeks US co-op on fugitives …” and the idea, as you can see, is that China wants the rest of the world to enforce its penal code. No matter where you are in the world, you ought not to be exempt from Chinese justice or not so long as you are a Chinese citizen.
And poor you for being subject to Chinese justice, which is as arbitrary, unjust and brutal as the Chinese political system itself. That doesn’t matter, however. If you are born Chinese – and are thus a Chinese citizen – you are a citizen and subject to Chinese “justice.”
This “citizenship thing” is odd, indeed. One can’t entirely escape the suspicion that the idea behind citizenship is simply to claim the individual as one of the nation’s own for commercial purposes.
Money, after all, is backed by assets currently and thus to some degree a nation-state – and those who run it – need to be able to claim domination over their “resources.” And these resources are people. One needs to prove clearly, for a variety of international purposes, then, that one has full control over one’s citizens and their earning power.