What is the “lying flat?“
Recently, there has been a hot topic in Chinese society called “lying flat.”
“Lying flat,” also known as “Tang Ping,” does not mean not working at all, but working less, so that there is a minimal cost to maintain life, not “selling your life” for work or “life-changing dreams.”
This movement is a kind of peaceful protest, open non-cooperation, or rather a kind of peaceful protest by young people to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
So what has the CCP done to make today’s young people react like this?
The reason why young people in China are “lying flat.“
#The CCP exploits people’s labor
Working culture “996” stands for the working hours from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week, which the administration is currently applying. “996” is considered the operating mode that is tiring, stressful, and exhausting for the employees.
Chinese young people are unable to endure this harsh working time frame.
Deutsche Welle China website reported, On Dec. 29, 2020, Zhang Fei, 23 years old, working at Pinduoduo’s “Duo Duo Mai Cai,” suddenly fell to the ground on her way home due to abdominal pain, and died soon after, despite efforts to revive her.
The company where this female employee worked did not have any explanation. However, according to the share of users who posted information about Ms. Zhang’s death, Zhang was exhausted and collapsed on the way home. She did not survive after 6 hours of emergency treatment.
Zhang Fei’s death exemplifies China’s harshness.
The New York Times reported that 22-year-old Leon Ding had been lying flat for nearly three months, calling the move a “silent protest.”
He tried to find a regular office job but finds that most positions require long hours.
Ding thinks young people should work hard for what they love, but not the “996” as many employers in China expect. He felt depressed.
It is no longer strange that the CCP wants to usurp the United States and become the world’s number one power. However, to achieve that goal, the CCP seems to have forced people to work too much.
Experts say that if a country has all of the following four factors, then even a country in Africa, after 20 years, will become developed. These are four factors:
- Labor source is abundant and cheap.
- Skilled workers withstand high pressure.
- Farmers are diligent, patient, and hard-working.
- Good team of scientists and researchers.
All four of the above are in the Chinese people factor. The natural source of foreign currency attraction lies with the 1.4 billion Chinese people, not the CCP.
So if now that essential resources can’t meet the CCP’s harsh labor requirements and all are “lying flat,” that will be a direct blow to the Chinese economy.
#Being taken advantage of —People can’t find the meaning of life
Mr. Jiang (pseudonym), 23 years old, recounted his difficulties in China. “If you are injured or disabled, money means nothing, and all the money goes to the hospital,” he said.
While Mr. Jiang was working, a steel bar in the machinery at a factory punctured his stomach. “While in the hospital after a work injury, I asked myself, ‘What is the meaning of our lives?” Mr. Jiang said.
Mr. Jiang said he had worked in a few factories in China before. He found work through brokerage firms.
However, according to Mr. Jiang, these recruitment agencies have deceived workers. Mr. Jiang says they agree to most of your conditions.
“5 dollars an hour? They agree. But when you start going to work, they tell you that you will get money after working certain hours. Then you work for a long time, but then they come up with other excuses.”
He said an electronics assembly plant promised him a salary of between $460 and $620 a month. However, after three months of work, he was paid just under $390.
“I lost all motivation as soon as I started,” said Mr. Jiang, “the feeling of a young man confronting evil connoisseurs of recruitment.”
He added that these establishments thrive on the innocence of young workers.
He had to work 12 hours, rest was restricted, he was constantly scolded by his supervisor, and his meals were nothing more than fodder, according to Mr. Jiang.
Mr. Jiang also said that his hands were shaking, and he couldn’t hold a bowl of rice or chopsticks because he worked such long hours.
The CCP paints a picture of the world’s second-largest economy, growing at lightning speed in the newspapers. The CCP’s pockets are filled with money by the inflows of foreign currency capital.
The CCP uses these funds to build wasteful military facilities, to pour into “CCP fans” and domestic and foreign media outlets to prevent factual information about internal affairs. in the country, and to build the image of the CCP as “trustworthy, lovable and respectable” in the eyes of people around the world. Part of the cash flow is even flowing into the pockets of corrupt officials.
All of that money results from the Chinese people’s hard work, yet they don’t get much in return. The CCP even uses some of that money to oppress religion, persecute human rights, and damage the Chinese people.
#People are exhausted—The salary is meager
Despite working closely, the Chinese people have to receive disproportionate wages, cannot take care of their families, and do not know when they might have a home.
According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese government has confirmed that more than 600 million people—or 40% of the population—earned an average of only 1,000 yuan ($141) a month in 2020. Chinese Premier Li confirmed this figure. Keqiang announced it at the National People’s Congress in late May.
In Beijing, near the city center, the price of an apartment is about 10,825 USD/m2. A little further away, the price could drop to around 7732 USD/m2, and when it reaches the city’s outskirts, the price could drop to 6186 USD/m2.
The average salary in Beijing is about 1005 USD/month. Unlike in the U.S., most families have two wage earners earning about $24,125 per year.
On average, a mid-range apartment in Beijing measuring about 55 square meters costs about $425,000. The Engel Coefficient (Engel Coefficient: shows the relationship between income and consumption expenditure) in urban areas in 2020 is about 29.2%, which means they will spend $7044 on daily consumption expenses during the year and 17,080 USD for remaining expenses.
Assuming they don’t spend any money except for their daily expenses, it would take 25 years of saving to buy a house.
So it’s hard for ordinary people in Beijing to buy a house on their own unless they are wealthy or have rich parents.
A former Tencent app developer in a WeChat group said owning a house and raising a family in Shenzhen is still very difficult. The cost of living is increasingly “exorbitant.”
Why doesn’t the CCP reduce house prices?
Let’s look at the real estate price picture in China more deeply.
#Land reform —Collecting land
The Chinese government is the largest holder of land and property in Mainland China. To collect land and property from landlords in one place, the CCP began land reform in the occupied areas in the late 1920s.
With the “land reform” (1950-1952) in just two short years, by violent means, the CCP then achieved three goals:
(1) destroy the landowners and officials in the countryside, and replace them with CCP people.
(2) rob people who have been killed, taking a large amount of public property.
(3) sowing fear of the CCP, an obsession that will never fade away in the hearts of the Chinese people. Later, the Chinese Communist Party used this fear and obsession of the people to deter and suppress them.
To collect land and property of landlords in one term, the QQQ started killing right after coming to power. The CCP gave an excuse to stop “reactionary” to start killing landlords.
Former Chairman Mao Zedong said in a document: “There are still many places where people are threatened to not kill reactionary elements openly on a large scale.”
In February 1951, the CCP Central Committee said that except for Zhejiang province and southern Anhui province, “other areas where there are still not enough killings, especially in large and medium-sized cities, should continue. catch and kill a large number and should not be stopped too soon.”
Mao even suggested that “in rural areas, to kill reactionary elements, more than one-thousandth of the population should be killed, in cities, less than one-thousandth should be killed.”
China’s population at that time was about 600 million; This “edict” of former Chairman Mao Zedong could kill at least 600,000 people.
The CCP began land reform in the occupied areas in the late 1920s. On the surface, land reform, it seems, supported the idea that everyone would have land to cultivate. But really, it’s just an excuse for the CCP to kill and seize people’s property.
Tao Zhu, fourth in the ranks of the CCP, then had a slogan for land reform in the country: “Every village shed blood, every house fought,” indicating that every village has people the owner of the land (landlord) must die. These landowners were killed and branded as “powerful.”
#Pushing up land prices—stimulating demand to buy real estate
After acquiring the land of the early landlords, the CCP later began to carry out many operations to suck the money and property of the Chinese people into the pockets of the CCP. How did they do?
From the middle to the well-off, every household in China usually has money or invests to earn more profits. They buy gold, buy land or invest in real estate at home and abroad.
The “people invest” always have to consider where to invest will be safe and bring high profits.
Therefore, the fact that the CCP pushes land prices up continuously and anchors them at high prices makes people have a general view that investing in real estate will bring high returns. Thus, it is straightforward; people take turns buying land, buying houses.
According to data from the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources in 2016, although the total area of land for sale decreased by 5.9%, the total budget revenue of the local government increased by 19.3%. The average land price in China has increased by more than 20% in 2016 alone.
As land prices rise much faster than the real economy, the estate industry is China’s hottest market in decades. According to the 2017 China Top 500 Companies List, 56 companies in the real estate industry, making it the largest group.
If housing prices do not increase but keep decreasing, people will keep gold or foreign currency or invest in buying land or buying houses abroad. At that time, the people’s money did not go into the CCP’s pocket.
Now the CCP is gradually lowering the average price of real estate. People will find it easier to buy a house thanks to the policy 2 type of real estate: long-term use and lease term of 50-70 years.
The CCP now prohibits the development of any additional residential land. Under the title “Own property for a term,” all real estate is leased for 50-70 years. The CCP will reclaim everything after 50-70 years.
China’s Land Law clearly states:
“People are entitled to buy ‘land use rights’ at time levels: 70 years for residential land, 40 years for commercial land, and 50 years for other purposes. The buyer of the “land use right” pays a lump sum for the entire use period; “Land use rights” are allowed to be transferred, mortgaged, and compensated if recovered the land,” but at the end of the period, the state withdraws.
This policy helps Beijing achieve its marketizing land and earning money while maintaining public ownership: The state remains the sole owner and only leases land use rights for a certain period.
Chinese people work hard all their lives, and in the end, all their energy is to feed the CCP.
As a result, housing prices have escalated, the working poor cannot afford to buy houses, and young people feel exhausted. They come to “lying flat.”
The CCP considers the ‘lying flat’ to be opposed.
#Change in economic indicators
Example: Young people in the Three Gorges Talent Market, Shenzhen, earn 15 USD a day. Their supine cost is for one working day and two days off (5 USD a day).
According to the United Nations poor population standard, a daily income of less than U.S.$35 is considered flawed, and less than U.S.$2 is absolute poverty.
In other words, these young and middle-aged people lying on their backs in China are between the international “poverty line” and the “absolute poverty line.” If they “lying flat” with many people and for a long enough time, it is quite possible to affect many indicators of the Chinese economy.
#A kind of peaceful protest
Lying flat is a kind of peaceful protest, a kind of open non-cooperation. Looking a little further, it is pretty similar to Mahatma Gandhi’s gentle and non-cooperative protest movement in India.
The CCP is wary of any form of social unrest.
Chinese censors have deleted a disruptive group with more than 9,000 members on Douban, a popular internet forum. Authorities also banned posts on another puppet forum with more than 200,000 members.
In May, China’s internet regulator ordered online platforms to “strictly restrict” new posts on posting, according to a directive issued by The New York Times. The second directive requires e-commerce platforms to stop selling clothing, phone cases, and other goods with the “tangling” mark.
#There is no leader, no leader, quietly appearing, but with a clear strategy
The CCP wants to fight Taiwan; they may not participate.
The CCP wants to be anti-American; they may not care.
The CCP seeks to develop the economy; they are like pests.
The CCP seeks to maintain stability; they seem to be docile people.
The CCP seeks to propagate brainwashing; they neither understand nor want to listen.
“Lying flat” is one of the most significant non-cooperation movements.