The Chinese Menace
By Brandon Cooper
There is at the moment one central geopolitical conflict that will define the future more than any other. One that is spans strong divides on the the ideals that are modern man views the world. One one side there is the democratic, capitalistic, and endowed with liberty United States. A continental swath of diverse peoples and locals brought together by founding values birthed in opposition to imperialism. On the other side you have China. One party rule, brutal oppression, and slavish working conditions a competitive edge brought out by destitution. A relatively homogeneous and united people that has been inward to themselves going back to ancient times. These polar opposites on the global stage find themselves staring down on the picture of the future and one has no qualms about winning by any means necessary.
China has recently been hellbent on expanding their global reach. They are currently trying to turn Africa into their China. A people to press down upon for the prosperity of their own. A continent full of cheap resources ready for exploitation. More than 10,000 Chinese firms currently are operating in Africa. We see this with Chinese raw material suppliers in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Chinese government has no qualms about using the power of the state to ensure their imperialist control economically either. We see this with Chinese bases in Djibouti to ensure control over maritime trade for Chinese exports. We also see that with the recent investments in countries along the East African coast with their Belt and Road Initiative.
They have no qualms about working with state sponsors of terror like Pakistan either. You take the recent investments of just Pakistan and one of the East Africa Country Kenya and it reaches up to $900 million dollars. These corrupted governments quickly reach out the hand to China.
China has a global vision of the world and they want an empire. This is an empire in which Americans have to suffer. This is by open design. Just look at their Made in China 2025 initiative. The Council on Foreign Relations has described the plan as a "real existential threat to U.S. technological leadership". They by design are violating WTO rules against technology substitution intentionally devastating strong American allies such as South Korea and Germany who's economies are largely based around their high tech sectors. They use technological espionage to work towards 2025 goal. In American intellectual property theft alone the United States Trade Representative estimates nearly $600,000,000,000 is stolen by the Chinese annually. One of our strongest historical advantages as a nation, our minds and the great products and advancements in technology is just taken from us.
In industries in focus by the Made in China 2025 initiative pose a strong threat to American national security. artificial intelligence and next-generation information technology, robotics, new-energy vehicles, biotechnology, energy and power generation, aerospace, high-tech shipping, advanced railway, new materials, and agricultural machinery, among others. We lose these advantages over them and they could overtake our countries altogether. It's already known their threat of election meddling for 2020 as announced by President Fitzgerald. This is not a threat that can be overlooked or understated.
Chinese investment in the United States and elsewhere, especially in hi-tech sectors, has skyrocketed since 2015. Often these investments evince a broader coordinated strategy. Take the example of Fujian Grand Chips, a purportedly private Chinese company that attempted to acquire German machine maker Aixtron in 2016. Shortly before it staged a public takeover of Aixtron, another Fujian-based company San’an Optoelectronics canceled a critical order from Aixtron on dubious grounds, sending its stock tumbling and presenting Fujian Grand Chips with an opportunity to swoop in. Both Fujian Grand Chip and San’an Optoelectronics shared a common investor: an important national semiconductor fund controlled by Beijing. The acquisition was stymied by an 11th-hour intervention by government officials but demonstrated how Beijing can drive investing abroad, often in a highly coordinated manner.
Technology transfer agreements and restrictive market practices in China present a similar problem. Foreign companies often enter agreements to transfer valuable intellectual property to Chinese partner in exchange for market access. These agreements can be exploitative and highlight the asymmetries in market access between China and the rest of the world. Speaking about Chinese takeovers of German firms, Germany's Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany should not sacrifice “its companies on the altar of free markets” while China denies German firms equal access to invest in the Chinese market.
The President has been a consistent advocate in the face of Chinese aggression. He's called on Congress to pass House Minority Leader Kurt Faulhammer's Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act which currently has six co-signs with two from blue dog democrats. It's a bill that will address the aggression of Made in China 2025 head on to protect both our economy and our national security. With the bill having passed in the Senate and seemingly having enough bipartisan support what is stopping it from passing?
One individual, Speaker Knox. It is known that I believe he's the weakest of all candidates to announce for President. Among the Democrats Beau Bennett was always the best candidate from the start and still is right now. He is someone that voted for the Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act in the Senate. Nobody knows why the Speaker hasn't brought the bill to the floor given the importance of the matter, but he sure hasn't addressed the matter publicly of Chinese economic aggression.
In a potential 2020 Presidential match up between someone consistent on China like Fitzgerald and someone who helps the Chinese in his inaction as Knox it's easy to see in who's favor the election meddling will be going. Just as we saw with the 2018 midterms from the Wolfe report the Democrats are no stranger to less than legitimate means to wins an election. It's explains their ability to narrowly take the House with their corrupt means. That by any means necessary out of touch mentality they have to replace a President who they describe as a dictator despite his 75% approval rating will overlook the Chinese all the way to the White House if they can help it. Should we really be surprised at the inaction of Speaker Knox?
The voters can be the judge of that soon enough.