The West must unite against China

Roderick Kefferpütz
4 min readNov 16, 2020

If China wasn’t a global power integrated in the world economy, the country would probably have to be labelled a pariah state.

In Xinjiang, more than one million Uyghurs have been forced into “re-education camps”.

The Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are still arbitrarily stewing as hostages in some dungeon; Beijing’s response to the arrest of Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.

Chinese disinformation campaigns have reached a new peak during the Corona crisis. The threatening posture in the South China Sea is not diminishing. And Hong Kong is losing the little freedom it had.

The dictum “one country, two systems” that was supposed to govern this cosmopolitan city is dead — in China, only the system of the communist ruling party counts. This is our Chinese “Rhineland moment,” writes the New York Times in reference to the 1936 occupation of the Rhineland.

Persecution, repression and violence — the Middle Kingdom is currently showing an ugly face. Under Xi, China has turned away from Deng Xiaoping’s principle of strategic modesty and patience (tao guang yang hui).

Instead, a new aggressive Rambo attitude is now being practiced in the global arena, which Chinese state media proudly call “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy. Beijing has thus managed…



Roderick Kefferpütz

Advisor and Writer on the changing geopolitical and economic world order. ( )