China is NOT our friend.
Yes, I said it. And I will say it again.
China is NOT our friend!
In fact, China is not only our main economic and commercial competitor, it is our number one adversary with an oft-stated goal to overtake and replace the United States economically and militarily.
I hope this fact is not lost on Joe Biden, who has a long-standing love affair with the Chinese Communist Party–the brutal entity that controls China and its 1.2 billion people with an iron fist.
However, given Hunter Biden’s lucrative financial connection with the CCP (currently under investigation by the Justice Department), I predict that a Biden administration will return the United States to a subservient relationship with China.
Add to that recent revelations that a Chinese Mata Hari named Fang Fang allegedly seduced Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Cal) while turning him into a Chinese asset, and it doesn’t take a genius to see that China has its claws deep in the halls of power in Washington. When Fang Fang was exposed, she beat it back to China where I am sure she received ample praise and rewards for her “work” with Swalwell.
I haven’t even mentioned China’s responsibility for the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic. China is the source of the pandemic that is crushing world economies and killing hundreds of thousands of people.
The coronavirus pandemic is just the latest chapter in the story of Chinese dishonesty and propaganda – but there is another contagion made in China that is spreading silently through America: China’s mass infiltration and theft of American research and intellectual property at our colleges and universities.
I spent 13 years at the University of Illinois as a professor and college dean and witnessed thousands of Chinese students engaged in doctoral and post-doctoral research in the university’s world-class Computer Sciences Department. They were also heavily involved in the university’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)–a state-federal partnership to develop and deploy national-scale cyberinfrastructure that advances research, science, and engineering. NCSA houses the Blue Waters supercomputer–a behemoth capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data.
America’s higher education system has long been regarded as a beacon of learning, creativity, and academic excellence. Our colleges and universities show the power that freedom of knowledge and information can harness in the fields of science, health care, our military operations, and global development.
But while our universities are home to some of the best and brightest scholars, they are also plagued by Chinese espionage and intellectual theft that puts America at risk.
Two Chinese programs – the Thousand Talents Program and Confucius Institutes – have given mainland China’s Communist regime the freedom to take full advantage of our academic openness and steal it – all to be used for a New World Order where China calls the shots.
The Thousand Talents Program was launched in 2008. It incentivizes Chinese students engaged in research and development in the United States to transmit the knowledge and research they gain here to China – in exchange for salaries, research funding, lab space, and other benefits. China sends nearly 400,000 students to American universities every year – more than any other foreign country.
I covered China off and on as a foreign correspondent in the 1980s and 1990s when it was viewed primarily as a struggling Marxist-Leninist-Maoist power.
Just as it was in 1989, when it murdered thousands of students and anti-corruption demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, it remains authoritarian at home and arrogantly indifferent to the rest of the world.
But today, that view requires some recalibration.
Today’s China has transformed itself into a neo-Confucian nation in which rapid economic growth has enabled the state to dredge up ancient traditions of submission and deference to the government, its institutions, and its Mandarin overlords.
This compulsion and craving for more and more economic growth, individual wealth, and authoritarian stability not only hooked China’s people, for some perverse reason it appealed to many of the world’s political and business leaders who saw the country as a boundless source of new markets.
They were content to overlook China’s downward spiral into full-blown dictatorship headed by “President for Life” Xi Jinping, who now has total control of the country. He not only runs the government and the communist party, but he also controls the Chinese military. There are no “checks and balances” on his power, and there are no prospects of any.
Many CEO’s and political leaders from Europe, the United States, and some parts of Asia were okay with Xi’s iron-fisted rule as long as the profits kept rolling in.
So China became our largest trading partner. Most of the stuff we buy today is made in China. You can go there on vacation. But China is not like the United States. The people there are not free. While the communist states of Eastern Europe and Russia could not bring themselves to shoot their own people when they demanded more freedoms some 30 years ago, the Chinese government had no problem doing so in Tiananmen Square in 1989. According to British intelligence sources, the Chinese army murdered as many as 10,000 students and protesters in and around Tiananmen Square between June 3 and 4.
I saw them do it with my own eyes and I will never forget the carnage.
Now that the global marketplace is tanking and people are dying everywhere, that laissez-faire attitude toward China has changed dramatically. We are now learning that China lied to the world about the severity of the COVID-19 virus, covered up its own incompetence and culpability in dealing with it, and arrested and likely executed medical experts who dared tell the truth.
Most recently, it expelled American reporters for daring to report accurately about the Chinese government’s attempts to conceal the seriousness of the Coronavirus.
When the White House challenged China on its behavior, what did China do? It threatened to cut off all pharmaceutical shipments to the United States and then went so far as to say the virus was created and planted in China by the U. S. Army. Incredible.
And now, here we are. World economies have collapsed at a rate not seen since the Great Depression of the last century, and we are faced with a deadly pandemic.
I do not doubt that the pandemic will pass, and so will the irrational panic it has engendered. And eventually, the world’s economies will recover.
But what I hope will not be forgotten is how indifferent, irresponsible, and self-centered China was in dealing with the pandemic.
China is NOT a country that the world can depend upon for altruistic, unselfish, and dependable leadership.
China is a nation obsessed with dominating Asia and, eventually, the world economically and politically. That obsession applies particularly to the United States, which it views not only as a global economic competitor but as a viable political and military menace.
President for life Xi has laid out his strategy for world domination with a 30-year plan to transform the country and surpass the United States to become the world’s largest superpower.
God, help us!
And I will say it once again.
Wake up, America!
China is NOT our friend.