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Top 10 The Best Instances Where China Used Force Against

By Trang Nguyen Feb 22, 2024

When trying to plot the People’s Republic of China and its ruling Communist Party on a political map, things can get more complicated than they appear. While it is well-known for its state-owned enterprises, a whopping 84% of its firms are privately held in 2019, a figure that has increased by 78% since 2013.

As we’ll see in a bit, it’s extremely hostile to LGBTQ rights, but it’s also socially progressive enough to have a 95.1% healthcare coverage rate in 2013 (in the US, it’s closer to 91.5% in 2018). No matter how it relates to social or economic issues, the People’s Republic of China’s published media never holds back. No industry, no matter how seemingly harmless or prominent, is immune to government regulation, and this includes television, esports, and sports.

10. Red Dawn: A New Beginning

The 1984 film Red Dawn, directed by John Milius, is now seen as overly simplistic and unbelievable, despite its subtle anti-war message. Nevertheless, it managed to captivate audiences to the point that it became a box office smash and was so impactful that it inspired a major military operation in the United States’ disastrous war in Iraq. Even the most innocent 1980s moviegoers could see that the United States of America, aided by Mexico and Cuba, could never defeat the Soviet Union in a conventional conflict. Nuclear deterrence rendered the prospect of such a war completely out of the question during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The 2012 remake, however, makes the original seem like a model of believability thanks to revisions made to appease the PRC.

North Korea, rather than China, become the invaders in the remake due to market pressure in China. If anyone were to argue that this change is illogical, it would be because North Korea maintains an army of around 1.2 million troops. However, the film fails miserably in explaining how the country could possibly bring these troops to the United States, given that its most recent military achievement is the ability to launch missiles that can reach Japan. The remake’s failure at the box office was likely due to more than just this, but it certainly didn’t help.

9. Removing Warner Brothers’ Appeal

Wang Jianlin, a member of the Chinese Communist Party, owned Legendary Entertainment until 2016. In 2018, Warner Brothers Studios teamed with Legendary Entertainment. Even though the partnership has been highly profitable for the most part. The partners’ fight over Godzilla vs. Kong’s distribution continued into 2021. Without consulting Legendary Entertainment, Warner Brothers decided to release it directly to HBO Max.

In the end, Godzilla vs. Kong was released in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time, and the streaming service only paid $250 million to get the rights. One of the first blockbusters since the coronavirus pandemic began, the picture went on to earn $442 million globally. This proved that the CCP’s directives aren’t always disastrous.

8. Making Up

John Cena, despite being a 17-time world champion wrestler, chose not to engage in a confrontation with the Chinese mainland or his followers in 2021. While making a statement about Fast 9’s theatrical release, John Cena made reference to Taiwan—a country known for its notoriously tense ties with China—as “the first nation” where the film would be shown. This contradicted the official line of the People’s Republic of China, which maintains that Taiwan is an integral component of China on par with Hawaii as a US state or Guam as a US territory.

Cena posted an apology video to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, using the Mandarin Chinese he had studied for years to express his regret. There have been no new major developments as of late, and the film was a huge financial success in Taiwan and China. The WWE’s endorsement of Saudi Arabia is one of the most awkward examples of how professional wrestling has caved to international pressure.

7. Rewriting Looper

The Chinese government’s impact on American screenplays became apparent in 2012. The screenplay for Rian Johnson’s film Looper was altered by Dan Mintz of Dynamic Marketing Group to rewrite a scenario from the far future of 2074 situated in Shanghai instead of Paris, France. The goal was to circumvent the PRC’s restrictions on foreign films playing in theaters by doing this.

It’s important to mention that DMG also made sure the script didn’t use any cultural clichés or stereotypes, such as “Chinatown” architecture or street lights. The third Men in Black film would never have been able to open in Chinese theaters had this not been done. That might have been a major setback for the science fiction sequel Looper, given that the film did more at the box office in China than it did at home.

6. Problems with Mulan

Even second-generation critics like Walter Chaw ripped Mulan to shreds for being bland, superficial, and patronizing, making it one of the most critically-panned films of 2020. Offscreen, though, was the real problem that many people experienced with the picture. That still didn’t put the matter far enough out of sight or mind for some people in charge.

The much-publicized re-education camps for Uyghur Muslims were located in Xinjiang Province, where the live-action remake was shot for a brief 78 seconds. The production had to team up with a Chinese film studio in order to film and distribute in China in accordance with government regulations. The film’s credits acknowledged eight different government entities. When celebrity Liu Yifei spoke out in favor of the police crackdowns in Hong Kong, many found it extremely difficult to ignore. It’s as if the production team was torn between becoming a cash success and a PR nightmare.

5. Risks Occur in Sports

Chinese retaliation is a problem for everyone, not just athletes like John Cena who made an innocent mistake. Prior to Liu Yifei’s endorsement of the crackdowns in Hong Kong, former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in favor of the demonstrators on October 4, 2019. The fact that an NBA training camp had been constructed close to the Xinjiang internment camps added to the widespread interest in this development, which came at a time when the league was holding several exhibition games in China. When asked for his thoughts, LeBron James responded on October 9 by saying that Morey’s tweet was badly timed and that he hadn’t done his research before making it. Even years after Derek Chauvin’s conviction, LeBron James was still made to look bad for tweeting that another cop will face consequences, because everyone thought it was so indebted to the PRC.

It was noticed that ESPN ran a show the day after LeBron James’s comment that featured a map of China. Despite the debate surrounding its sovereignty, keen-eyed spectators noticed that Taiwan was included in the highlighted area. Many were led to believe the worst because ESPN did not address the map’s usage.

4. The Crackdowns on Celebrities

There have been a lot of recent attempts to regulate celebrity culture, which may seem like too little of an industry for the PRC to be serious about. On June 8, 2017, a slew of celebrity-centric news websites and accounts were disabled. An influential gossip account run by Zhuo Wei, which had over seven million followers, was banned despite the lack of thought given to the potential reaction that would result.

Attempts to financially exploit youngsters through social media manipulation were also vigorously repressed by the PRC. In May 2021, for instance, the government outlawed the reality show Youth Without You for covertly endorsing sponsor products to its young viewers. As a result of their youth, musical groups like Panda Boys are now considered a “children’s art trope” because their primary audience consists of youngsters. Envision One Direction being told they couldn’t promote themselves as a “boy band” because they were too young.

Sites that ranked celebrities by popularity were outlawed by the PRC, according to The Guardian’s reporting on August 27, 2021. The main argument was that these sites were causing an unhealthy amount of fan rivalry and were a breeding ground for cyberbullying, which was especially bad for young people. Why we here vehemently oppose any move to prohibit lists needs no explanation!

3. Rules for Playing the Game

Reports surfaced on September 1, 2021, stating that the PRC would be imposing a weekly cap of three hours on online gaming for individuals under the age of 18. Or more accurately, every weekend, since it’s just for an hour every day, from 8 to 9 p.m., from Friday to Sunday. Additionally, time will be set aside for public holidays. However, one would expect the PRC to prioritize children spending time with their families and communities than attempting to complete 360-degree headshots without a scope. It felt like huge workarounds would be practically required if penalties were to be levied on firms rather than underage players.

This may have appeared random and unexpected to many Westerners, but for Chinese children, it was more of a constraint that escalated than anything completely unexpected. Online game Animal Crossing was prohibited in China on April 10, 2020. Apparently thinking that wasn’t severe enough, the prohibition was extended to encompass all online games including zombies, the end of the world, ghosts, or evil in general on April 16 of that year. There was to be tight policing of all in-game chat areas and personalizations. Even anti-gaming campaigner Jack Thompson can’t help but feel jealous.

2. The Career of Nanfu Wong

There is likely no more prominent or ascertained critic from the PRC than Nanfu Wong in the realm of documentary filmmaking. She produced One Child Nation, a documentary about the failed One Child policy, in 2019. Chinese media restricted any mention of the film’s Oscar nominations, despite the fact that it won the Sundance Grand Prize.

It seems she thought that wasn’t controversial enough, because in 2021 she published In the Same Breath, which detailed the many ways the PRC botched the initial containment of COVID-19, including arresting doctors who attempted to alert the public, downplaying the spread of the virus, and the human cost. The Chinese authorities retaliated by threatening Wong and her family in China. Even while filming, her crews would follow activists, leading to their arrest. In his review of her most recent picture, Adam Johnston implied that she would likely never return to China.

1. There is no television show called “Girly Guns”

In case you haven’t been following Chinese insults, “girly guns” refers to males who are considered effeminate. The National Radio and TV Administration declared the ban on such men on September 1, 2021, in an attempt to wipe out “abnormal aesthetics” from the country’s broadcasts. According to AP News, the goal was to reduce the impact of the South Korean and Japanese music stars.

On September 9, the PRC ordered gaming companies like Tencent to delete all feminine content from their games, which is somewhat related to our third entry. Particularly tragic for the gaming behemoth would be the fact that games like Fortnite purposefully included such masculine characters in an effort to attract a wider audience and discourage a culture of harassment, a goal apparently met with minimal success.

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