Washington and Wall Street Need to Wake Up on China
Last month, a White House spokesperson felt the need to clarify that Joe Biden does not consider Xi Jinping an “old friend.” Apparently, Democrats are concerned that the President appeared a bit too cozy with the Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during their recent “Zoom Summit.”
Democrats should be concerned. China steals our technology, hacks our computers, and pollutes our environment. It lies about the origins of COVID-19 and threatens our allies.
The American people have lost their patience with China. Yet Washington and Wall Street still cling to the status quo.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. embarked upon a bipartisan strategy of engagement with China. The experts thought that exposing China to open markets and international trade eventually would bring prosperity and freedom to the country.
The experts were wrong.
Engagement did bring economic growth to China, but the CCP used its new wealth to increase its power and double-down on communism. Today, Xi Jinping has emerged as China’s most ruthless leader since Mao Zedong.
Recently, the world was shocked by the terrible treatment of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who mysteriously disappeared after she accused a former government official of sexual assault. The regime won’t tolerate any challenge to its authority and it routinely brutalizes its citizens. Forced abortions, church bombings, and concentration camps are just a few of the CCP’s favorite tactics.
These are not merely allegations. A July 2021 U.S. State Department Report found that China has detained more than a million people in 1,200 state-run internment facilities to “erase ethnic and religious identities.” Moreover, “forced labor is a central tactic used for this repression.” This is genocide and slavery. Yet, American elitists remain in denial about the CCP’s true intentions and plans.
In China, the CCP version of communism is like all the other versions. The CCP controls the big businesses, banks, and the press. With few exceptions, individuals cannot own land. Dictatorship is a necessary inconvenience until all the capitalists are defeated.
Xi Jinping exercises complete control. His writings are enshrined in the Constitution of the Communist Party of China as “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.” It is unconstitutional to disagree with him. Not even the old Soviet premiers had that kind of power.
Where the Chinese communists diverged from their Russian mentors was in their acceptance of market economics to achieve interim goals. The CCP recognizes that free enterprise is useful for economic growth, so it tolerates the capitalists, at least for now.
What about the Marxist-Leninist rhetoric? Most Americans never hear it. Others slough it off, “Sure, the CCP says they are communist, but they don’t really mean it.”
But they really do. And now the CCP is spreading its “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” worldwide.
The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s global infrastructure strategy aimed at expanding CCP influence throughout the Pacific, across Africa and into Europe. China already has invested in 70 countries.
The Made in China 2025 Plan is the CCP’s program to transform the country into the world’s premier technology powerhouse. China aims to dominate ten critical industries within the next few years.
And Xi Jinping’s strategy for restoring national greatness hinges on a massive increase in military power that creates a “world-class” fighting force. China intends to achieve full modernization by 2035, with plans to bring Taiwan under the CCP’s control by force, if necessary.
China is strong, but it’s not a superpower yet. We still have time to counter the CCP’s aggressive plans peacefully. But, we must act now.
First, let’s call out China’s human rights atrocities. Americans cannot use terms like genocide and slavery to describe China’s behavior and then sponsor the Beijing Olympics. This is feeding a monster.
Second, we must stop investing in China’s communist regime. We didn’t bankroll the Soviet Union as they threatened to “bury us.” We shouldn’t be financing China’s industrial modernization either.
Third, we must counter Chinese expansionism. That includes supporting the citizens of Hong Kong and standing with our friends in the region, especially the free people of Taiwan.
Main Street America knows the truth about China. The CCP is a brutal regime that is oppressing its people, threating its neighbors, and harming our families right here in the Lehigh Valley. Our relationship needs to change.
The Chinese people deserve our respect, our support, and our sympathy.
The CCP warrants our unified opposition.
When will Wall Street and Washington wake up?
Kevin Dellicker, from Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, is a Republican running for United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. He owns a technology company and is a 26-year veteran of the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about his campaign visit www.dellickerforcongress.com.
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