525. (Video) What China Invading Taiwan Would Mean to U.S. & World; Is BlackRock Selling Out America?

“What we’ve seen is a force-modernization commitment and effort over the past 25 years on the part of the Chinese, and as their country has gotten wealthier, they’ve had more resources to invest in a military,” says US-Taiwan Business Council President, Rupert Hammond-Chambers. He believes that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “one hundred percent serious about invasion” of Taiwan, and that the U.S., and the world more broadly, has vested interest in seeing Taiwan is able to continue with ‘business as usual.’ Taiwan’s production of semiconductor chips–which feature in everything from smart phones to children’s soft toys–provides just one compelling example of this: “Those factories in Taiwan, if China invaded, [would] be turned off. So not only would they not get access to those chips, we wouldn’t either as well.” Would U.S. (and other) forces arrive in time to stave off a sudden CCP invasion, and how would Taiwan stand on its own in the interim?

524. (Video) Chris Balding: How Does China View the Sino-US Cold War? | CLIP | American Thought Leaders

Chris Balding describes what he calls an “intellectual difficulty” that many US officials seem to be facing in their reluctance to accept the fact that the US and China are in a de facto Cold War with each other. Whether the US wants conflict or not, Balding says, is irrelevant. What is important for the US is to look at how China and CCP leader Xi Jinping view the situation, and react to that.

523. (video) China fights big Delta outbreak; US firms aid China’s microchip ambitions | China in Focus

China is fighting the biggest Delta variant outbreak so far. But drastic measures to prevent further outbreaks are sparking complaints. Beijing launches a new stock exchange. Experts say it could present a new way for the Chinese regime to strengthen its financial control and avoid foreign market rules. As the United States and China compete for microchip leadership, some American firms are boosting Beijing’s chip ambitions. A Chinese dissident shares his life-threatening story of how he managed to skirt death threats from China. Will Australia step up to defend Taiwan, in the case of a Chinese invasion? One of the nation’s top leaders says “yes,” as long as the United States does, too.

522. What Hath the CCP Wrought? Part 2

Part 2 of the 2-part series: What Hath the CCP Wrought?
Stu Cvrk

Stu Cvrk
November 15, 2021;  Updated November 16, 2021

Commentary

Chinese leader Xi Jinping attempted to reinforce the legitimacy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) during a speech on Oct. 25 to commemorate the PRC’s admission to the United Nations 50 years ago.

This is the second of two articles examining the deleterious effects of Western—and particularly U.S.—appeasement of the PRC since the Nixon-Kissinger trip to Shanghai that “opened China” in February 1972. Part 1 focuses on economic, military, and geopolitical results. Part 2 examines Beijing’s infiltration and influence among the U.S. political class.

Background

Despite the increasing belligerence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since Xi came to power in 2012, as well as increasing evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was engineered at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, accommodationists and appeasers in the United States and elsewhere are adamant about a return to “business as usual” with the Chinese communists (ChiComs).

Can the Biden administration keep its fingers in the dike and maintain Trump-era tariffs and other measures intended to protect the United States against predatory CCP practices? Or will it succumb to the pressures of U.S. business interests, globalists, and the CCP, and return to status quo ante 2017? Me thinks the CCP will get that for which it has paid, for the U.S. political class is in China’s sphere of influence.

It could easily be argued that a tougher and more clear-headed U.S. policy aimed at the Chinese regime—one that embraced the reality that the CCP cannot be changed by peaceful means or that communist China cannot be magically integrated with the world economy—would have precluded much, if not most, of those destructive results from happening. Certainly, the world’s collective response to CCP aggression over the past several decades would have been much stronger under decisive U.S. leadership.

But that was not to be, as the CCP began priming the pump with a few strategic investments in the U.S. political class for which the ChiComs have received massive benefits over the past 50 years.

The bribery costs to the CCP over time have been minuscule compared to the benefits gained, for the ChiComs are now using our money (a trade surplus monthly record with the United States in October and billions of dollars of foreign direct investments in China), our intellectual property (economic espionage), and our markets (access without strings attached) to achieve their world domination goals.

China’s Infiltration of the US Political Class Begins

The corrosive effect of the CCP’s corruption of the U.S. political class since 1972 is perhaps even more important than the economic, military, and geopolitical results summarized in Part 1 of this series, for that corruption enabled all of those pernicious results.

Chinese political manipulation of U.S. politicians began with former President Richard Nixon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In the case of these two, the leverage was giving them diplomatic prestige for spearheading the rapprochement with China—which was quite a shock to most Americans at the time, who were generally hostile to communists of any variety.

The Chinese were to learn in the coming years that much more effective leverage could be used to achieve their ends in the United States: bribery and the use of all manner of bought-and-paid-for influence agents within the U.S. political class. The ChiComs really understood this leverage.

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President Richard Nixon toasts with Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai in Beijing during Nixon’s official visit to China in 1972. (AFP/Getty Images)

‘Chinagate’

The year 1996 was a good example of CCP influence in the American political system.

Beijing allegedly invested nearly $100 million to pay for direct and indirect influence in the 1996 presidential and congressional elections, according to intelligence community estimates at the time.

From a 2015 report: “Chinagate aka Commercegate is the most serious scandal in U.S. history. It involves the transfer of America’s most sensitive technology, including but not limited to nuclear missile and satellite technology, possibly in exchange for millions of dollars in contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee.”

Besides money allegedly funneled to President Bill Clinton’s campaign by Chinese-American bundlers, some of the money also went via cut-outs to the campaigns of chairmen of key committees in Congress that affected U.S. policies with China.

One key result was that U.S. Commerce Department export rules were loosened to allow the exportation of key U.S. technologies that fueled the modernization of the Chinese military during the 1990s and beyond, as mentioned in Part I of this series.

Beijing’s investments in U.S. politicians always come with strings attached. Here is a short list of what China received under the Clinton administration:

  • A “strategic partnership” that set the tone for various technology transfers to China.
  • The loss of American manufacturing jobs that were transferred to China as a result of Executive Order 12850, which removed Most-Favored-Nation status reviews from Congress to the White House.
  • Advanced missile technology transfers that destroyed the U.S. strategic advantage.
  • A satellite launch waiver that allowed China to launch a Loral Space and Communications satellite, ultimately giving away missile and satellite technology to the ChiComs that led to near-parity with the United States in a single generation.

Lucrative Business Ties With China

Below are a few noteworthy examples of politicians (and their families) who have private business interests in China:

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): Second most powerful woman in Congress and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Her husband, Richard Blum, has lucrative business ties with China. In August, details surfaced about Feinstein’s long-time driver/aide/office manager, who was suspected of being a Chinese spy.
  • Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): The Democrat Speaker of the House. Her husband Paul has had long-time multi-million dollar business dealings with the Chinese.
  • Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): The Senate Minority Leader and married to Elaine Chao (former Transportation Secretary under the Trump administration). Both are soft on China. The Transportation Department Inspector General refused to investigate Secretary Chao for ethics concerns about her favoritism to her relatives’ businesses in China.
  • John Kerry: Biden’s “Climate Czar” and former Democrat presidential candidate. Kerry invested $1 million in a Chinese private equity firm, which has “invested in a tech company blacklisted for human rights abuses but is also a major shareholder in a solar panel company linked to labor abuses of the Uyghurs,” according to The Washington Free Beacon.
  • Hunter Biden (Biden’s son) and Chris Heinz (Kerry’s stepson): These sons of top Democrats inked a deal through the Bank of China for a billion-dollar joint investment venture in 2013. Was the CCP buying influence from their fathers?
  • Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): The Vice President of the United States. Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, is a senior partner at DLA Piper, which has extensive dealings with China.

Biden Giveaways to China

An astonishing number of Biden’s political appointees have been compromised through past ties with the Chinese regime, as summarized here. Given his selection of pro-Beijing appointees, is Biden a “patsy” of the CCP, as suggested here? Is Beijing receiving direct payback for its “investments”? The CCP is reaping an incredible reward for decades of infiltrating the U.S. political class, with the giveaways by the Biden administration perhaps being the icing on the cake.

The giveaways include some of the following:

  • Kowtowing to CCP hostage diplomacy in the release of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.
  • Cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline (playing into Chinese growing green industry).
  • Facilitating the Chinese regime’s involvement in the U.S. power grid.
  • Continuing public support for the failed ‘one-China’ policy.
  • Appointment of a pro-China ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Revocation of a ban on CCP propaganda in U.S. universities.
  • Calling CCP genocide a “cultural norm.
  • Using a CCP sympathizer to oversee the review of Trump-era China policies.
  • Dropping prosecutions of Chinese nationals accused of espionage.
  • Giving the CCP a pass on the origins of COVID-19 through a politicized report from the U.S. intel community.
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Chinese leader Xi Jinping virtually addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Those modest investments by the CCP have been paid back in spades. No wonder the Chinese regime still enjoys “a permanent most-favored-nation trade status” with the United States. No wonder the U.S. Commerce Department’s Commerce Control List has been watered down to enable the Chinese shopping spree of cutting-edge dual-use technologies. No wonder the Biden administration responses to Uyghur genocide, the absorption of Hong Kong, and the intimidation of Taiwan and other nations on China’s periphery have been so tepid. And all of this while the Chinese military is constructing silhouettes in the sand of U.S. Navy ships for target practice in the Ruoqiang region in central China. Are the U.S. actions to date a repeat of Joseph Stalin’s appeasement of Adolf Hitler right up until the day that the German Army invaded Russia in June 1941?

Conclusion

This two-part series examined the economic, military, and geopolitical benefits that have accrued to the CCP in the decades since China was “opened” to the United States and the international system in 1972. While the original intent of that misguided policy was to have persuaded the Chinese regime to mitigate its belligerence and hostility, and to become more democratic and responsive to the Chinese people and others over time, the result has been virtually the opposite. The policy was naive from the beginning and nothing more than a green light that generated increasingly one-sided demands from the CCP, culminating in the bellicose pronouncements of Xi Jinping, wolf warrior Chinese diplomats, and state-run Chinese media over the last eight years.

Along the way, the appeasers among the U.S. political class gained careers, wealth, and fame; while the Chinese regime became the second-largest economy in the world, produced the world’s largest navy, continued the practice of genocide on domestic minority groups, intimidated its neighbors, exploited COVID-19 for economic gain, and developed a space exploration capability where none had previously existed—all through bribery, coerced tech transfer, mercantilism, and espionage. These are hardly the actions of a peaceful and democratic member of the world’s family of nations.

Read Part 1 here.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/ccp-successes-are-american-failures-beijing-infiltrates-the-us-political-class_4094737.html

521. What Hath the CCP Wrought? Part 1

Part 1 of the 2-part series: What Hath the CCP Wrought?

Stu Cvrk

Stu Cvrk
November 8, 2021;  Updated November 15, 2021

Commentary

America’s China policy objectives have been flawed for decades, resulting in the ascendancy of a hyper-aggressive Chinese regime.

Have the objectives of U.S. policymakers over the years with respect to China been achieved? Is the Chinese regime more democratic and less belligerent, as so-called “China hands” have argued would be “inevitable” as they pushed free trade, massive Western investments in China, and appeasement policies since the 1970s? Is there less intimidation of China’s neighbors now than there was during the Mao Zedong era? Is China more democratic—by Western definition?

Appeasement of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has had disastrous results. Let us examine some of the consequences.

Background

The U.S. relationship with China has flipped several times over the last hundred years:

  • Pro-China before and during World War 2.
  • Adversarial after the CCP took control of the Chinese government in 1949.
  • Wartime enemies during the Korean War.
  • Back to adversarial and a virtual quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) after 1952.
  • The surprise “opening” of the PRC to the international system by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1971-1972; and subsequent U.S. and Western appeasement of the PRC in the misguided belief that aggressive CCP behavior could be curtailed or at least lessened over time.
  • The Trump administration’s efforts to return to a more adversarial posture with the realization that the appeasement efforts pushed by the U.S. political elite and multinational corporations had failed to curtail rogue CCP behavior. More on that last part later in this article.

When was the CCP’s real animus against the United States truly ignited? It could be argued that the ideological chasm between the communist Chinese and freedom-loving Americans virtually guaranteed an adversarial relationship, but the Korean War certainly fanned the flames. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fought the U.S.-led United Nations coalition to a standstill until the Armistice was signed at Panmunjom in 1953. According to estimates, about 180,000 Chinese were killed (these are PRC numbers; other estimates were as high as 500,000 killed in action), as opposed to 36,000 Americans killed in action, 227,000 South Koreans, and about 3,700 from other U.N. countries. Total Chinese and North Korean casualties (killed in action, wounded, missing, prisoners) were estimated at 1.5 million, with two-thirds of those being Chinese.

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A column of troops and armor of the U.S. 1st Marine Division move through communist Chinese lines during their successful breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea during the Korean War. (Cpl. Peter McDonald, U.S. Marine Corps)

While the CCP leadership has never been shy about sacrificing its people to achieve the “glorious goals of communism” over the years, nevertheless, suffering 900,000 casualties in a stalemated war on their periphery had to have left a lasting effect on Mao Zedong and the CCP leadership’s psyche. It could be argued that the Chinese plan for world domination began in earnest after the Korean War.

The CCP, if nothing else, retains grudges and long-term animosity for its perceived enemies. It plays the long game, especially against its adversaries.

A major milestone in that long game occurred when Mao allowed Nixon and Kissinger to “open China” through secret negotiations in 1971 and ultimately granted a state visit to Nixon at the height of the Vietnam War in 1972. This began the Chinese manipulation of the U.S. political class, which continues to this very day. The U.S. political class was convinced that China could be peacefully brought into the global system through open trade policies and access to world markets and Western technology.

In 1979, China was granted temporary Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) status, which has been extended continuously to the present day. This was a boon to the Chinese economy, giving China a favored trade status and direct access to the U.S. economy. China was eventually brought into the World Trade Organization in December 2001, as a crowning achievement by the “China hands”—acolytes of Kissinger who facilitated China’s rise, while feathering their own nests through CCP sinecures, awards, and bribes.

Observers might wonder when China will have transitioned from a “developing country” to a “developed nation.” After all, China is now “the world’s largest producer of over 220 types of industrial products, including vehicles and computers,” as touted by Beijing’s mouthpiece People’s Daily. But those are certainly not the only “unexpected effects” of the United States’ China policy from 1972 through the present.

The Results

Economic: Through Western investment and CCP theft of technology and intellectual property, China has become a manufacturing powerhouse and the number two economy in the world. Modernizing China included the implementation of “free trade” policies and the off-shoring of U.S. manufacturing facilities to the mainland. These policies helped create the “Rust Belt” in the Upper Midwest of the United States.

One dire consequence was the offshoring of virtually the entire U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain to China—a fact made abundantly clear during the spread of COVID-19 over the past 20 months. The Biden administration has come to realize the threat posed by Chinese control of critical supply chains, as noted in Executive Order 19017, America’s Supply Chains.

The U.S. Congress and various think tanks are also examining ways to decouple from China in order to protect U.S. technology and intellectual property, and also address Chinese mercantilist practices by state-owned enterprises that are heavily subsidized by Beijing. The continuing Chinese economic espionage and theft of intellectual property and technology was previously discussed here. None of these CCP practices will be stopped without concrete actions taken by the United States and other nations.

Military: The Chinese regime is pursuing a policy of massive military militarization. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has achieved several important milestones in recent months, several of which have shocked Western observers:

  • The PLA Rocket Force (PLARF) is on the brink of a breakout in nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles with the discovery of 350 new missile silos under construction in Inner Mongolia. A harbinger: China is not bound by strategic arms limitation treaties as are Russia and the United States.
  • Two tests of what could lead to the world’s first Hypersonic Glide Vehicle/Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (HGV/FOBS) were recently completed this fall. Note: The DF-17 Dongfeng medium-range ballistic missile system entered PLARF service in September 2019.
  • The first launch of a carrier-based variant of the Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter was conducted last month, which looks remarkably similar to the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter.
  • The recent launch of a Chinese satellite with potential dual-use capabilities: space debris mitigation (for public consumption) and anti-satellite applications (for military use). It should be noted that China had virtually no satellite launch capabilities until the late 1990s after “tech transfer,” which was authorized by the Clinton administration. China is now launching prestige space missions to Mars and the Moon with great fanfare.
  • The PLA Navy (PLAN) now possesses more ships than the U.S. Navy, with the PLAN shipbuilding expected to continue at a rapid pace for years, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Commercial SAR imagery indicates that the third PLAN aircraft carrier is now under construction near Shanghai, the Type-003, which is equivalent in size to the U.S. Ford-class nuclear aircraft carrier.
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A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander, and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan Province on July 23, 2020. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

Geopolitical: Chinese aggressiveness on the world scene has increased dramatically under Xi Jinping. Some examples include the following:

  • The continued exploitation of debt trap diplomacy through under the auspices of the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Genocide through the use of concentration camps and slave labor in East Turkestan (Xinjiang) continues.
  • Increased PLA Air Force intimidation of Taiwan in recent months.
  • Increased intimidation of India: PLA troops deployed to Anyi Airbase in Tajikistan; new PCL-161 and PCL-181 self-propelled howitzer systems, and PHL-03 multiple launch rocket system deployed by the PLA to the India-China border.
  • Implementation of a new national security law in Hong Kong, which violates CCP promises of “autonomy for 50 years” in a “one country, two systems” arrangement.
  • Corruption of United Nations agencies, particularly the World Health Organization.
  • Xi’s non-attendance at the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to avoid questions about Chinese coal production and pollution, while simultaneously and cynically (and hypocritically) pushing “technical solutions” to achieve the conference’s climate goals.

Conclusion

U.S. policy with respect to China since 1972 has been a dismal failure–from the U.S. point of view. The objective of integrating China into the world economy has unleashed CCP mercantilism and debt trap diplomacy on the world, as opposed to the democratization and softening of the Chinese regime’s aggression. The CCP would almost certainly consider U.S. policy to have been an unexpected gift that propelled it to the precipice of overtaking the United States in economic, military, and geopolitical affairs. However, the most impactful result of that failed U.S. policy has been the corruption of the U.S. political class, which has made the Chinese regime’s ascendancy a reality. That disastrous result will be described in Part 2 of this two-part series.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/ccp-appeasement-is-a-fools-errand_4089181.html

520. (Video) Live Q&A: Chinese Leaders Purge Business Executives; DHS Sets Stage for Online Censorship

The Chinese government has targeted the country’s wealthy, purging and imprisoning many while also touting new policies on the economy, which is raising questions on the direction of the country amid a looming financial crisis. And in other news, the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert of terror threats being made on social media websites and forums. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp we’ll discuss these stories and others, and answer questions from the audience.

519. (Video) Miles Yu: U.S. Needs to Have “Moral Clarity” to Counter the CCP Threats | Focus Talk

Miles Yu, former adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, warned that the Chinese Communist Party is trying to export a Global Governance model that is totalitarian, and that the China challenge is ultimately a matter of Freedom vs. Tyranny. U.S. needs to have the “moral clarity” to lead this fight and protect people’s unalienable rights. In this exclusive interview, Dr. Yu also shared how seeing that the 1.4 billion Chinese people in China not having the freedom to exercise their conscience really motivated him to participate in this fight.

517. (Video) Is China gearing up for war?; Top official: US is resident power in Asia | China in Focus

The Chinese regime is hinting at war. From a landing exercise simulating an invasion across the Taiwan strait, to increasing benefits for military members. Is the regime seriously preparing for an invasion? Or just launching an information war across the strait? The United States holds firm on its commitment to the Indo-Pacific. The nation clarified that stance to two of its important partners in the region: Australia and Japan. A top meeting of Communist Party officials has come to an end. Party leader Xi Jinping has become the country’s second-ever “helmsman”–after China’s first communist leader Mao Zedong. And, thousands of Chinese taxis are lining streets in protest–honking their honks and clogging up traffic. The desperate drivers say they’re struggling to survive.