The occurence in China inevitably recalls to mind the prophecy about the destiny of the Chinese regime, which was revealed through a secret book circulated in the folklore: “Tie ban tu.”
Ten years ago, China used to be proud that although America was a superpower, it was China that assumed the hegemonic role in the world; and America could exert a great influence but China was really a global threat.
Now 10 years later, China is quaking over U.S.-China trade tensions. Western companies are simultaneously withdrawing from the mainland and residents in special economic zones protested against the regime, wealthy families flee overseas with their money, and the working class is collectively holding its breath, waiting for a new dynasty to come.
Eight years ago, when two American economics professors Peter Navarro and Gray Autry launched the book “Death by China”, China was like a greedy and invincible giant. It was a China that was sweeping across Africa, manipulating the Australian market, infiltrating Europe, and controlling American companies. It was a China that was defiant over rulings on territorial claims in the South China Sea, aggressively provoking fights in the Japanese territorial sea, encroaching on the border of India, intending to encroach on the Russian border and invade North Korea …
And now, top figures such as currency speculator George Soros and scholar David Shambaugh … all agree that ‘China is about to collapse’; while the Chinese people are anxiously waiting for that time to come. Today, China is just losing ground: its economy is in crisis, its government officials are corrupt and fighting among themselves for their own sake, its goods are boycotted by the international community, its government leaders are condemned by the international community, even overseas Chinese are facing alienation and isolation.
Five years ago, when CCP leader Xi Jinping applauded the spirit of the “Chinese Dream”, it was thought that China was about to rise again. With the ongoing anti-corruption campaign that has been carried out so stringently over the last few years, who could escape the reach of the CCP?
Five years later, the Chinese seemed disillusioned with the Chinese Dream. While the CCP continues to get bogged down in the U.S.-China trade war, the Party’s supreme leader is also facing a dilemma; he is being subjected to all kinds of public criticism.
Facing the threats posed to China from various corners and both internal and external criticism that its leaders are subject to, Chinese netizens wonder: Does the prospect correspond to the looming prophecy hanging over our heads in the book “Tie ban tu”?
“Tie ban tu” is a book secretly circulated in folklore. Although its author and origins are unknown, it is still deemed a heavenly book because of the mystical secrets it carries. A person surnamed Li in the Qing Dynasty is said to be in possession of the book. This is a yellow stained book, pictures accompanied by descriptions, each of which contains a heavenly secret.
Its name, “Tie ban tu” implies that each prophecy featured by the picture equals to an inevitable event that was definitely prearranged like nails attached to iron boards.
“Tie ban tu” reveals the fate of the Chinese dynasties, and is deemed accurate, so in the past it was listed as a forbidden book. However, it was still circulated secretly in folklore.
The book was last seen in 1951, but soon confiscated by the local government. From then on, the story of the book was only a legend.
In 2014, author Zhang of the Guangzhou Writers’ Association said that his grandfather, a lay Taoist had repeatedly mentioned a strange book called “Tie ban tu”, featuring mysterious prophecies about modern times such as the loose morals of modern people and the appearance of motorcycles. But not until the end of 2017 was the prophecy of the CCP’s fate revealed through an article by the author Minxin posted on the Pureinsight website.
So, what does the prophecy in “Tie ban tu” say about China’s current day?
The final picture in the book is said to predict the CCP’s destiny. The content of the picture is very simple:
In the sky, from the ravine between two mountains, four black birds fly in a straight line from one mount to another. But on the side of the right mountain, a white bird is seen bleeding after colliding with the cliff. Below the picture are the words: The white feathered bird is killed on the side of this mountain.
Five birds appear in the picture but the focus is on the last one, that is, the white feathered bird. Is it coincidental that the word 羽 (plumage) combined with the word 白 (white) will form the word 習 (Xi), which is also the surname of Xi Jinping in traditional Chinese characters.
The white feathered bird occupying the fifth position, is equivalent to the fact that Xi Jinping is the fifth leader of the CCP after Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao.
Going back to the ’80s of the last century when Deng Xiaoping was in power, a mystically wise man from Sichuan, predicted that after Deng’s rule, the fate of the CCP would be featured by four words: “Jiang, Hu, Xi, Wu.” Later when Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao came to power, people were astonished at what the man said. And when Xi stepped into the political arena, that prophecy had gained much more credibility.
So how about the meaning of the word “Wu”. The “Wu” can be interpreted in two ways. First, it might imply the surname of the next CCP ‘s leader, the successor to Xi Jinping. On the other hand, “wu” in Chinese means none. Thus, it may suggest that there would be no leader after Xi.
Coincidentally, on March 11, 2018, the Chinese National Assembly officially withdrew the term limit for supreme leadership, allowing Xi Jinping to hold leadership for the rest of his life. The ancient prophecy turned out to be seemingly not groundless.
Back to the picture, the image of five birds might imply the Party’s destiny: The four flying birds signify the heyday of the previous CCP’s leaders when they rejoiced in bribery and abuse of power. But the fifth bird features a very mournful sight: falling down miserably, crashing into the cliff. The image suggests some kind of disastrous prospect.
It is said that the picture reveals two things: First, the CCP will face disaster during the time of the “white feathered bird.” And secondly, the incumbent leader, corresponds to the white bird— he will bear responsibility for all historical blood debts of the CCP.
Historically, the CCP has brought so many bloody massacres to its innocent people: from killing the landlords and the rich in the “Land reform,” to the Red Guard killing campaign in Cultural Revolution, to the massacre of students on Tiananmen Square, and to the suppression of beliefs and the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, with the worst atrocity being the killing of living prisoners of conscience to harvest their organs in prisons and hospitals throughout China.
Under Mao Zedong, the people suffered during the Land Reform and the Cultural Revolution. Under Deng Xiaoping, innocent intellectuals and young people were killed in Tiananmen Square massacre. Under Jiang’s regime, Falun Gong followers have been brutally persecuted for their belief. In Hu Jintao’s time, the persecution still persisted quietly and secretly. All four predecessors have retreated backstage, but the blood debt of nearly 100 years of history still needs to find someone to settle up. Who will be that person, if it is not the last leader?
History will testify to the accuracy of the prophecy. In ancient culture, a prophecy also served as a reminder or warning for those involved. The past could not be changed, but the present can. And atonement is never too late.
(The cover photo: Adobestock/Kongfz/Creativecommons/Photo Illustration by The BL)