. Every one of us makes “To-Do” lists to help us on the way So we won’t forget the many things we plan to do each day. Every country has a “To-Do” list as well, and China, too, Here’s a partial list of things that China’s leaders plan to do. Build an artificial island in the middle of the sea; Stick a flag in it and claim it for your nation’s sovereignty. Claim the waters that surround it are your property as well; Tell the world they must accept it or you’ll send them all to hell. Take your citizens who gripe and round them up as dissidents; Then destroy them in a way that helps establish precedents For extending the oppression to whoever you don’t like, While erecting concentrations camps like Germany’s Third Reich. For example, make the Falun Gong and Uighurs disappear, Carve them up and lock them down so they will never reappear. Use barbed wire to keep them working in the Nike factory While re-educating them to serve the CCP and Xi. With technology invade the internet and use your clout To manipulate elections, steal data, cancel out Anything that stands between you and extending global reach Into people’s private lives like some blood-sucking, cyber leech. Grind morality and ethics underneath your sandaled heel, Then manipulate and shape what people think and say and feel. Stick your greedy, godless finger in the Dali Lama’s eye And pretend that you’re as innocent as Mom and Apple Pie. Lure investors from around the world into your lion’s den Take their money and their souls, make them dependent on you, then Turn the screws and threaten ruin if they fail to bow and scrape, And pay Google lots of money to engage in data rape. You’re inscrutable, a puzzle, enigmatic, parabolic. You are single-minded, purposeful, determined, hyperbolic Wielding iron-fisted rule in ways both modern and medieval. You are wicked, cruel, unfeeling, diabolical and evil. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and self-published four novels and a collection of short stories.