CBN News Feb. 4, 2021: The U.S. military in the Pacific is sounding an alarm about the growing threat from China. A China expert says the Communist China is testing President Biden.
The U.S. military in the Pacific sounding an alarm about the growing threat from China. We’re going to tell you about the aggressive actions of the U.S. response and why one analyst says Chinese are testing President Biden when we come back.
Host: Aggressive and destabilizing – that’s how American observers describe recent military moves by Communist China. Late last month, the Chinese flew warplanes into the Taiwanese Defense Identification Zone and stepped up naval activities in the South China Sea. The U.S. responded by sending a carrier strike group to the region. On this week’s episode of the Global Lane, one China analyst says that China is testing President Biden’s resolve while advancing a long-term strategy.
Guest: From an American Perspective, I see this long game as an effort to, uh, to recast the international order to make it more common accommodating for authoritarianism, and to do that, first region-ally and then globally, they need to push the American military back, so they can more effectively bully their neighbors and control resources. And so I see that we’re seeing a test of strength in the South China Sea and a test of strength in the Taiwan Strait and diplomacy and development all that is essential, but a lot of this is going to come down to whether Chinese military planners believe that they can successfully accomplish their political objectives through military force.
Host: Now, President Biden responded by denouncing China’s move and then he sent the U.S. carrier fleet into the area. So, what more should be done beyond that?
Guest: I think there’s a ton to do, you know, bipartisan experts have been saying for a while now that if China and the United States were going to come to blows and we all want to avoid that, it most likely would come in the Taiwan Strait. In fact, there was a 2018 national defense driver’s commission commissioned by congress that looked at this with bipartisan experts on it, and the number one concern they had in the entire globe was in the Taiwan strait.
And for too long, frankly in the Obama administration, there was a reluctance to give Taiwan the arms they needed to defend themselves. The Trump administration to their credit reversed that policy and has been, and made the decision to provide a lot of weapons, but those weapons in and of themselves take time to deliver, and they’re not enough. There also has to be, as someone who served in the U.S. army, you have to be able to operate those weapons as individuals and as units.
And, uh, you know, let’s not kid ourselves. We can give Taiwan, you know, all the weapons they would ever want, but in the end with enough time, given, uh, the historic military modernization effort that the People’s Liberation Army has undertaken, the most significant in the history of the People’s Republic of China, sooner or later Beijing will win that. So the point here is that Taiwan has to be able to hold on long enough for the U.S. military to come to their aid, uh, and so, the longer we can make Taiwan capable of holding off when under assault from the mainland, the sooner we can get there and help them.
And so, there really are multiple components there we need to, in short, we need to make Taiwan like a porcupine that is an unappealing candidate for consumption by a predator.
Host: Well, apparently the Chinese coast guard has been authorized to fire on foreign vessels if necessary in the Taiwan Strait and also in the South China Sea. So, your thoughts on that?
Guest: Because a lot of times, as Americans we think, you know, hey, we’re either at war or peace with someone. There’s nothing in between. That’s not how China views it. They really view it as a rheostat or dial. It gets dialed up or down, and they engage what we know gray zone warfare or hybrid warfare as various experts call it. We see China’s using their coast guard and also civilians, seemingly civilian fishing vessels, to undertake, uh, you know, state policy. And, you know, this is, this makes a larger point that I think Americans need to understand.
There is no such thing, in my view, as a private Chinese company. There is no Chinese company that, when they get the call from Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party, is going to say no. So, when you’re talking about a Chinese fishing vessel in the South China Sea or Chinese company trying to do business here in the United States, uh, you need to understand that to some degree, they are either explicitly or implicitly working for the Chinese Communist Party.
This is not a xenophobic comment, right? We have no, we have no bone to pick with the Chinese people. The Chinese people deserve better than they’re getting from the government. But let’s be clear. In my view, the preeminent threat to the united states, our security, our prosperity, our freedom from abroad right now is the Chinese Communist Party because they combine wealth, their their economy is eight times larger than that of Russia, the most significant military modernization we’ve seen in decades from any country, uh, in a hostile authoritarian ideology that they’re honing at home and exporting abroad.
Host: And, that threat continues an advanced cyber group affiliated with Chinese intelligence is using a new, never-seen-before powerful hacking weapon in a series of attacks on embassies, government offices, and state-owned technology and science companies in Asia and Australia. So, what can you tell us about how great of a threat does that pose to the USA?
Guest: Yeah, you know, a lot of times there’s a tendency, including by people like me, to focus on ships and submarines and aircraft, but Americans need to understand that this threat from the Chinese Communist Party is a comprehensive one, including in the cyber domain. You know, our experts here in the United States have said the theft of intellectual property that China has undertaken against the United States is arguably the most significant transfer of intellectual property in human history. And most… a lot of this has been done licitly and illicitly and in the cyber domain. And so, we’re we’re in constant conflict with the Chinese Communist Party. The only question is whether Americans realize it and whether we’re willing to do something about it.
I think the Trump administration got something right, and they got something wrong. What they got right was taking the China threat seriously. What they got wrong was it’s too often they would try to take on this threat unilaterally rather than getting the good guys together first and then confronting Beijing together. Kind of like on the playground right when you’ve got a bully, you don’t go take on the bully by yourself, you go build a coalition of all the good guys and then you go to the bully.
So, we should be getting together more systematically with the G7, the seven largest economies, democracies, the cyber domain and other areas where we see that CCP engaged in this conflict that I’m talking about.
Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPij6uHSqE8&feature=youtu.be (7:09-7:24, 9:57-15:51)
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