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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Strategic Confrontation With China
This has been obvious for a long time, but acting against it was something that could be postponed until we were ready for it. Thu i find it hard to get excited or particularly exercised. The counters have always been obvious and they are now been executed.
To start with, the USA has demanded fair trade forthwith which forces a massive restructuring in China. It means the destruction of the CCP in particular.
Until this happens the USA will charge a nasty tariff of which they are now getting a taste.
Worse for China is that the USA and Europe is in position to reassert Global Hegemony that includes Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hongkong? and all SE Asia along with India in particular. This hegemony will rapidly expand wealth transfers from China to the surrounding countries whose population is over two billion people all hustling now to embrace modernity.
The only way out for China will be the elimination of the CCP and it may still have to be abrupt. My central point is that this future is the embrace of the anaconda while still breathing and it is been applied on the fault line that leads directly to CCP behavior.
‘Committee on the Present Danger: China’ Counters the ‘China Lobby,’ Urges POTUS to Stand Firm on Trade Deal
‘Committee on the Present Danger: China’ Counters the ‘China Lobby,’ Urges POTUS to Stand Firm on Trade Deal
Time for a Holistic Approach to Chinese‘Unrestricted Warfare’
WASHINGTON — On June 14, six hundred American companies – including huge corporations like Target, Walmart and Costco – wrote an open letter to President Trump opposing his application of tariffs to Chinese imports. What might be described as the vanguard of today’s “China Lobby” claims to support his efforts to address what even its members acknowledge are Beijing’s “unfair trade practices, including intellectual property violations, forced technology transfer and more.” Yet, the signers urge him to “get back to the negotiating table” with the PRC and to achieve “a positive resolution that removes the current tariffs.” They claim that doing so will result in an outcome that “fosters American competitiveness, grows our economy and protects our workers and customers.”
Three months ago, the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) – a group of that includes scores of subject matter experts, national security practitioners, business leaders and other champions of human rights and religious freedom – issued its own, and very different, public encouragement to President Trump about his trade negotiations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CPDC joint statement, originally issued at the Committee’s launch event on March 25, read in part:
…Given China’s continuing, unrestricted economic and financial warfare against this country we must – with or without a new U.S.-PRC trade agreement – bring to bear the great force of American capitalism unleashed by President Trump’s domestic economic and regulatory policies. However the trade deal winds up, these U.S. initiatives must continue and expand, inspiring American businessmen to invest, innovate, and create the prosperity here at home that has made the United States the envy of the world, as well as the most important obstacle to the Chinese Communist Party’s ambition to dominate it.
Everything possible should be done to ensure that American businesses have the opportunity to compete fairly and freely in commerce around the world, including China. As a practical matter, however, that can only be assured if the United States demonstrates the capacity and the will to safeguard not only free enterprise, but human freedom and the Free World in which both capitalism and liberty uniquely thrive. We strongly support President Trump’s commitment to these priorities.
The Committee on the Present Danger: China believes that the wealth gained by better trade deals, however desirable, is not decisive. Addressing the full array of economic, asymmetric and military threats the PRC poses under the Chinese Communist Party (which are documented extensively at www.PresentDangerChina.org), on the other hand, most certainly is.
The CPDC’s mission statement:
The mission of the “Committee on the Present Danger: China” is to help defend America through public education and advocacy against the full array of conventional and non-conventional dangers posed by the People’s Republic of China. As with the Soviet Union in the past, Communist China represents an existential and ideological threat to the United States and to the idea of freedom—one that requires a new American consensus regarding the policies and priorities required to defeat this threat. And for this purpose, it is necessary to bring to bear the collective skills, expertise and energies of a diverse group of experts on China, national security practitioners, human rights and religious freedom activists and others who have joined forces under the umbrella of the “Committee on Present Danger: China.”
Members of the Committee on the Present Danger: China include: Hon. R. James Woolsey; Brian Kennedy; Kyle Bass; Dr. William Bennett; Steve Bannon; William Walton; Mark Helprin; Pastor Bob Fu; Kevin Freeman; Dr. Peter Pry; LTG William Boykin; Hon. Ed Timperlake; Dr. Mark Schneider; Richard Fisher; Amb. Hank Cooper; Capt. James Fanell, USN (Ret.); Dr. Stephen Mosher; and Hon. Richard Schifter.
In the last few days, President Donald Trump has moved forward with raising tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products, as was threatened in a recent presidential tweet. The tariffs were increased to 25 percent from 10 percent.
Most recently during the negotiation process, Chinese officials tried to implement changes to the agreement to maintain the status quo as much as possible. We can all understand why; just the value of the intellectual property alone that the Chinese are able to steal on an annual basis is astounding.
Estimates vary, but the number is in the order of a half-trillion dollars each year. The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property estimated the “annual cost to the U.S. economy continues to exceed $225 billion in counterfeit goods, pirated software, and theft of trade secrets and could be as high as $600 billion,” most of that caused by China. We can all agree that these sorts of numbers add up pretty quickly and represent a serious negative impact on the U.S. economy.
The president recognizes that the Chinese have taken advantage of trade with us to steal serious amounts of intellectual property to prop up their own economy, and of course they do not want to give up the windfall of wealth. Who would want to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in what amounts to free money?
The Chinese are fighting hard to hang on to what they are stealing, and while they have agreed to make some changes, they don’t want to write them into an agreement that would clearly force them onto a level playing field.
The Chinese have bet that the U.S. administration would become so eager to come to an agreement that they would accept unfavorable terms, and this is what has led to the latest impasse. As the increase of tariffs has proven, Trump has held firm to his word that he would not sign any agreement that is not good for the United States and that doesn’t resolve the trade disputes.
Critics of the president most often fan fears of a trade war between China and the United States, which are the world’s two largest economies, and the impact it would have on global economic growth.
While there is likely some truth to this, it will always be a much larger problem for China than anyone else. We have repeatedly seen that when negotiations break down, it does have an impact on the global stock market, but nowhere worse than in China itself. Critics of the president are correct that a trade war and these trade disputes are inconvenient for the United States, but they completely gloss over the fact that they are devastating for the Chinese, who just don’t hold enough cards to keep the status quo.
However, there’s more here than what is being discussed publicly by the president or the critics. On an overall strategic level, there is a much larger conflict taking place, and the trade negotiations are only a small part of the whole. Our strategic long-term national security goals are under attack. Greater Strategy
Most of us have not considered it in these terms, but 5G is an important part of the strategic threat from China. As do most of the socialist governments, China makes a “five-year plan,” which is the central government planning for their economy and is one of the reasons that socialist economies never function all that well. Nevertheless, in what the Chinese officials call their 13th five-year plan, they themselves openly describe 5G as “strategic” and they lay out their plans to globally dominate the manufacturing of 5G equipment.
They’re also setting aside certain radio frequencies that work with the 5G equipment that are particularly efficient. Look at it this way: Some frequencies transmit data over long distances with very little signal loss in a fast, efficient manner, others not so much. Efficient transmission means far fewer cell towers need to be built and better service. Here in the United States, the efficient frequencies are controlled by the government and have not been released for public use, which means a more expensive and less-efficient system is being built.
This puts the Chinese in a stronger position to sell and install the systems used by the rest of the world, because they will be selling a better product, and that puts them in the driver’s seat for control of worldwide communications.
Bitcoin is another similar manifestation of Chinese strategic efforts. Not to get into the technicalities of how bitcoin is produced, but broken down to the simplest terms, it’s produced by computational power, i.e. good, big, fast computers and electricity to run those computers. The Chinese have invested millions in bitcoin “mining” and have large computer complexes set up near electrical generation plants. They appear to be the world leader in bitcoin production, although this is something difficult to measure in precise numbers.
Interestingly, they don’t necessarily hold on to the bitcoin but pump it out into the world economy. Please understand just how important this is at the strategic level. The U.S. dollar is the world’s currency and almost always used for international transactions. These transactions are not done in cash; they’re done electronically through U.S.-controlled electronic clearing houses. This gives the United States control over imposing sanctions on other countries. Bitcoin is an alternative monetary system that is completely outside the United States’ control.
Common in news reporting outside the United States is that China is building two new Silk Roads, not the website where anything can be purchased, but actual trade routes between the countries of the world where high levels of trade flow. The two Silk Roads are to connect Asia to Africa and greater Europe.
Much has been written about the Chinese military expansion in the South China Sea, but that expansion gives China substantial control over trade going in and out of Asia. Africa and Europe are also the areas where China has made extensive inroads in the 5G communications arena.
Let’s not forget the intelligence arena, where it seems the CIA’s entire spy ring in China was arrested and executed, and the aggressive Chinese collection program against us.
If you don’t see a pattern, you’re not looking.
Brad Johnson is a retired CIA senior operations officer and a former chief of station. He is president of Americans for Intelligence Reform.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.