More Isolationism: Chinese Told to Ditch Foreign Made Products

A dangerous wave of national isolationism has been sweeping through China since 2020. This comes on the heels of many nations ‘decoupling’ from China after their policy shifts requiring foreign companies to adhere to pro-China political policies.

There is clearly a connection between China’s posture towards religious freedom and economic freedom. Chinese authorities have been raiding both churches and businesses. Though the market does not recognize persecution against the churches, they do seem to sit up and take notice when businesses face the same scrutiny.

China is an increasingly hostile environment for foreign companies. In the last few months, police have launched a series of raids, including the Shanghai offices of the British advertising giant WPP, interrogating directors of consulting giant Bain & Co. in March, and even arresting an employee of the Japanese pharmaceutical company, Astellas, on charges of espionage. The list goes on and on and a massive exodus has ensued.

Companies like Mazda, Samsung, Intel, Dell, and Nike have largely fled and more companies like Apple are en-route. BTJ just hosted a Business as Mission conference in Vietnam, where more than 250 companies were represented, many of them with their own stories of how the Vietnamese economy is booming due to the great exodus of companies from China.

“We are working on a factory right now for iPhone product production,” says one of the BTJ ministry partners. “We are in negotiation with Foxlink to build their production facility here in Vietnam.”

“Chinese seafood companies are coming to Vietnam to build their seafood farms,” said another BAM attendee who owns a Vietnamese seafood company. “They are losing their foreign customers and want to work with us to retain their market share.”

The Chinese reaction to the consequences of their change of policies seems to be to double down. If foreigners are going to leave China, then China is going to leave foreign products on the shelf.

Guo, an employee at the government-funded think tank in China, reported that he and his colleagues were told to ditch their Apple devices for Huawei equivalents. “They gave us a deadline with a month and day by which we would have to stop using iPhones,” he said. According to the employee, the staff didn’t really get a choice. The company arranged for the phones to be directly brought to the offices so that leadership could see who bought a Chinese phone and who did not. “They didn’t give us any subsidies, instead one day Huawei people came into our office with boxes of phones to sell, all 20 per cent off.”

The policy is sweeping through China in a top down approach, starting with the politburo, then the large companies, and then down to every primary school student. One teacher in China’s Yunnan Province, Nong Jiagui, reported, “Schools are told to use Chinese phones as well, to support Chinese companies.”

The increase of hostility from the Chinese Communist Party towards Christianity is spilling over into the market place and seems to be revealing an entirely new era for China.

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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