• About Time: Confronting Communist China … Here and Abroad

    Surge Summary: The Trump Administration is continuing to expose and push back against the Chinese government’s threats against America – bet hey domestic or overseas. United States’ ally the United Kingdom is also doing their part against the predations of the “Red Dragon”.

    by Gary Bauer

    We have been warning for years that the big challenge confronting the United States and the free world in the near future is the rise of communist China.  And the battle lines, which administrations of both parties did their best to blur, are being drawn now.

    China is not just another trading partner or a place to do business.  Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray gave a shocking presentation describing the threat from Beijing.  Wray warned that nearly half of all the FBI’s current counterintelligence cases (some 2,500 cases) are focused just on China.

    Director Wray described China’s frequent cyberattacks, predatory trade practices and economic espionage as “one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.”

    The Chinese government has infiltrated scores of American colleges, universities and government research facilities.  It was recently reported that more than 50 scientists were fired by the National Institutes of Health for failing to disclose financial ties to China.  And the chairman of the Harvard Chemistry Department was indicted earlier this year for his ties to the communist regime.

    But beyond China’s predatory trade practices, Beijing is also mounting an aggressive military buildup and projecting “hard power” around the world, especially in the South China Sea.  And yesterday, the Trump Administration forcefully pushed back against China’s claims.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Beijing to back down, saying:

    “Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part [Asia] — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them. . . The [People’s Republic of China] has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region. . .

    “The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources. . . We stand with the international community in defense of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and reject any push to impose ‘might makes right’ in the South China Sea or the wider region.”

    In related news, the United Kingdom announced today that it is banning Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its 5G networks.  President Trump has leaned heavily on U.S. allies to cut their dependence on Huawei due to the serious national security concerns that the company is spying for the communist government.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted by: PAS China – U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Visits Beijing, China, 2018, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71558472

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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