We’re all familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare. The overconfident hare presumed that his dominant speed would easily win the race, causing him to become ambivalent towards the unassuming tortoise steadily and surreptitiously leaving the hare in its dust. Of course we find ourselves rooting for the tortoise in the fable; but what if the tortoise’s ulterior motive was to catch the hare in order to devour him?
The United States has long led the world in military strength, technological innovation, and economic production. As we’ve rested on our laurels, there’s another world power seeking, not to lead the free world, but to dominate it.
In our October 2018 newsletter (page 5) we wrote about China’s growing military threat; asserting control of key shipping lanes, opening military bases around the world, and rapidly acquiring ports throughout Europe, Asia, South America and even the United States.
In many of these countries, China’s military expansion follows a similar pattern. Target nations based on their strategic geographical location and poor economy; provide badly needed financial and infrastructure assistance; then, as they become dependent upon Chinese money and loans, China “asks” to build military bases or purchase ports in place of payment. Not only does China then control dozens of strategic ports, they also have great control over the indebted countries, coercing their support of China’s agenda at the United Nations, for example.
As China’s military strength and global influence has increased, so has their economic dominance. While the U.S. has continued to treat China as an underdeveloped country - sharing our innovations and research, bowing to their intrusive demands in order to do business with the regime, and making ourselves vulnerable to corporate espionage - China has steadily used our advancements to become an economic and technological superpower.
The highly regarded Victor Davis Hanson writes in a must read article: “ … the Chinese seek domination, not accommodation, and are replacing their erstwhile feigned respect for our strength with an emboldened contempt for our perceived growing weakness …
“From 2009 to 2016, our defense readiness was eroding, China’s increasing. …
“Technology was stolen, either by espionage inside the U.S. or by formalized theft as the cost of doing business inside China. Copyrights and patents did not bother China.”
Wired magazine reports that China has cornered much of the world’s supply of strategic metals and minerals crucial for new technology, including lithium, copper, and manganese used in everything from smart phones to electric cars. China is also the leading global producer of 23 of the 41 elements the British Geological Society believes are needed to "maintain our economy and lifestyle" and had a lock on supplies of nine of the 10 elements judged to be at the highest risk of unavailability.
China is also on the verge of controlling the market on new 5G wireless technology through Chinese tech giants such as Hauwei. In the years ahead much of our technology, including in our homes and industry, will be dependent upon 5G. If China controls the 5G infrastructure for much of the world, countries will not only be reliant upon China, but vulnerable for even greater Chinese espionage and foul play.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns: “With the #5G revolution, the security of communications networks is all the more critical to the national security of the U.S. and our partners and allies. We must ensure the security of 5G equipment by limiting authoritarian regimes' access to, and control over, our networks.”
Frank Gaffney explains the threat this way:
“Here’s a thought experiment that may seem far-fetched, but it isn’t: Would you be comfortable if a hostile power could monitor and control virtually every aspect of your life – including how and whether things work in your home, what is done with your personal communications and information and even our country’s defense? Incredible as it sounds, we may be within days of such a prospect becoming virtually certain. Communist China is poised to secure its stated goal of dominating the world’s fifth-generation – or 5G – wireless networks.”
As technology is connected via a Chinese-owned 5G infrastructure, this could be entirely possible. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has warned that China’s cyber warfare is currently “unprecedented in scale;” imagine what it would be if much of our technology is controlled by China.
“In the very near future, dominating the wireless world will be tantamount to dominating the world,” Newt Gingrinch warns. “But many of our allies and others around the world seem content to stand by and let Beijing’s march to domination continue unhindered. We cannot allow a nation that has no respect for political freedom, freedom of speech, or freedom of conscience to dominate this space.”
Huawei is already under scrutiny due to concerns that the company is installing “backdoors” in their computer and cellphone equipment which gives the Chinese government access to any data on their devices. The New American reports that: “…China’s major corporations, such as Huawei and Alibaba, are allowed to operate only on condition that they use their resources to enhance the government’s surveillance powers at home and abroad. Huawei, a telecommunications manufacturer, provides the Chinese government with intelligence gleaned from its popular cellphones and computers …”
The Western world naively thought that by treating the communist regime as a capitalist partner, Beijing would eventually open its markets to free trade and its political system to democratic ideals.
However, not only is that not the case economically, but under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Communist China is becoming even more tyrannical. Chinese Christians are facing an alarming increase in persecution, churches are being demolished, pastors imprisoned, and Western missionaries are being expelled from the country. The Chinese people are also experiencing greater totalitarian oppression. The New American also reports: “A network of new cameras watches Chinese citizens everywhere they walk or drive, while government software compiles data on tens of millions of them, assigning them a number similar to a credit score – except that these scores reflect a citizen’s loyalty to the party, obedience to the state, and general sense of civic duty.”
In his recent State of the Union address, Trump warned that the United States is “now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries, and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end.”
May these not be empty words. If we don’t rouse ourselves to China’s methodical race to become the dominate force in the world, not only will we no longer be the leader of the free world - we likely will no longer be free.
For further insight into the growing threat of China, we recommend the following broadcasts from Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio.
Captain Jim Fanell, retired from U.S. Navy in 2015 concluding a 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs with an emphasis on the Chinese Navy, and former National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, discusses China: The Existential Threat to the U.S.
John Carney, Gordon Chang, and Robert Spalding discuss the consequences of China’s intellectual property theft and the strategic importance of dominating 5G technology in the The Battle over 5G.
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