On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Chris Fenton, a film executive and author of “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business,” joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to outline the leverage that comes with U.S.-led calls for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics which are scheduled to be held in Beijing.
Fenton said the question not whether the United States should boycott the Olympics or not, but what do we want to accomplish?
“What do we want to accomplish that’s practical, that shows a constructive maneuvering towards whatever our North Star is overall with China? Try to implement those changes and those directives with the Chinese Communist Party in exchange for promising to show up at those Olympics and we should do that also with our Western allies,” he said.
The Chinese Communist Party, Fenton said, views the Olympics as a “goal” that will stoke its own nationalism and display its skill and power to the world.
“Remember, the Chinese Communist Party’s number one goal is to keep 1.4 billion people just happy enough that they don’t revolt and the best way to create that aura of an amazing government is to create an awe around the world about what your country is doing and what it has accomplished and where it is on that given day,” Fenton said.
“They are going to showcase … all kinds of different infrastructure projects that will blow the minds of a lot of people around the world … and then they’re going to siphon all of that news globally and essentially put it into context through the Ministry of Propaganda to disseminate around their own populous,” he said.