Why China’s Global Threat Should Be Taken Seriously

In a dense but important piece published by the Council of Foreign Relations, the authors make a compelling case that China poses a threat to the U.S. (and the world at large) that must be confronted now; otherwise, in just a matter of decades we will have to face a Chinese juggernaut both militarily and economically that not even the U.S. will be able to control or contain.

Watching the U.S. and China go at each other over trade, many people legitimately wonder: is it worth it for us to take on China now? Our economy is booming, unemployment is at historic lows, and Wall Street is reaching heights unimagined just a couple of years ago? Why mess with something if it ain’t broke?

To retreat from this confrontation now will only serve to strengthen China’s resolve to pursue a hegemonic dominance on a world scale.

China is a paper tiger, I hear people say, so Mr. Trump, let go of your obsession with China, please. Let their Chinese “do their thing”; they can’t hurt us, even if some of the things they do are not ethical or in compliance with international trade rules. Yes, they irritate us, but they can’t hurt us.

But this complacent attitude on the part of many otherwise sensible Americans misses what lurks behind years of letting China “do its thing”; and if they continue to do what they do without being challenged, mark my words, they will hurt us.

As the authors make clear, China’s goal is nothing short of global dominance in the most important high-tech industries that China will then be able to leverage, in a matter of decades, to achieve a hegemonic role in the world. As the authors explain, their “state-led industrial policy [Made in China in 2025] seeks to make China dominant in global high-tech manufacturing.”

“The program aims,” the authors continue, “to use government subsidies, mobilize state-owned enterprises, and pursue intellectual property acquisition to catch up with—and then surpass—Western technological prowess in advanced industries.”

Given such wanton lust for power, “For the United States and other major industrialized democracies… these tactics not only undermine Beijing’s stated adherence to international trade rules but also pose a security risk.”

Why “a security risk”? Because of the dual purpose of the technology China is interested in—as in military applications and secrets of the most advanced and sensitive kind.

Addressing president Trump’s trade war with China, the authors write: “Washington argues that the policy relies on discriminatory treatment of foreign investment, forced technology transfers, intellectual property theft, and cyber espionage, practices that have encouraged President Donald J. Trump to levy tariffs on Chinese goods and block several Chinese-backed acquisitions of technology firms.” I could not agree more!

This is, in a nutshell, why president Trump’s moves on China are highly appropriate and amply warranted by facts that previous administrations for decades have ignored to our own peril. As Americans, the time to confront China cannot and must not be postponed.

To retreat from this confrontation now will only serve to strengthen China’s resolve to pursue a hegemonic dominance on a world scale.

In China, everything and everyone—including the private enterprise allowed by the government—work in the interest of and for the State. In other words, there is no sector of the Chinese industry, private or government-owned, that is not at the service of advancing the hegemonic interests of China. That is why private industries in China are subsidized by the state; because they exist FOR the benefit of the state! The state is not there for the benefit of the individual; the individual exists for the benefit of the state.

If you think our nationalism has been long overdue, China has never had any policy other than advancing the interest of the nation. This is hyper-nationalism, not just nationalism, of the most dangerous kind.

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