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US China Policy

August 5, 2019

As I explained in my recent presentation on how Chinese artists, poets and intellectuals in 17th century China dealt with the invasion of their country, the long history of China reveals susceptibility to invasion, the division of China by warlords and the massacre of innocent civilians. The Chinese sense of loss of country is more than a literary reference. The Mongol invasions in the 13th and 17th centuries were two ancient examples, but in the 20th century Japan’s invasion of China in 1937 is fresh in Chinese memory. Even today, “The rape of Nanking” symbolizes a fear of Japan that drives the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

In that context, the Communist government of the People’s Republic of China’s commitment to revolution merges with its commitment to defend China and the role of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). China’s Xi Jinping is General Secretary of the Communist Party, head of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the head of China’s domestic economy.

A careful balancing of military and economic power drives decisions of the Chinese Communist Party and should be the focus of American policy toward the PRC and explains a new plan of the Trump Administration to supply Asian allys with defensive missiles.

Here are eight additional actions worth considering:

  1. Liberal intellectuals have always asserted their belief that trade leads to peace. As we’ve seen in the PRC, growing the PRC economy has grown the power of the PLA. For that reason, the Trump Administration should review ways by which to reduce the power of the PLA by placing conditions on China’s trade relations with the United States in areas where the PLA directly benefits and in the overall equation of the Chinese economy.
  2. Privileged children of members of the Chinese communist Party are sent to the United States for education. The Trump administration should require that only children of non-Party members be granted student visas.
  3. Tens of thousands of pregnant Chinese women travel to give birth to their children in hostels established in California to enable them to give birth to “American” citizens. One of the fears of the Founders of the Constitution was that our enemies would impose a foreign national in high public office.  They inserted language that only “natural born” citizens may be eligible to serve in the Office of President. The Trump Administration should move to shut down “birth hostels” and block Chinese nationals born in the United States, but raised in China, from returning to the United States under claims of American citizenship. They ARE NOT Americans.
  4. In May 2017, China held 1244.6 billion dollars in U.S. Treasury Securities. In May 2019, the total was 1110.2 billion dollars, an amount even greater than Japan (1101.6  billion US). That gives possible leverage to the PRC in a financial crisis and the ability to create a financial crisis. The Trump Administration should prepare for the possibility that the PRC may dump a large number of those U.S. Treasury Securities.
  5. A review of all investments by PRC nationals in, or ownership of, national security-sensitive, especially high-technology, companies should be conducted and divestiture be required upon reaching a negative finding..
  6. When the Leftist papacy of Pope Francis passes, enlist the Vatican in a campaign against actions taken against the Roman Catholic Church in the PRC and deny visas to priests and bishops of the government of the PRC’s Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Moves by the PRC against underground Evangelical Christians should be criticized. The Trump Administration should make the exercise of freedom of religion a condition for any preferment granted by the U.S. government to any and all foreign nations.
  7. The identifies of persons in the PRC should be protected by law from “unmasking” by any U.S. Internet service providers. Actions by Yahoo in 2005 and 2007 that led to arrest, torture and imprisonment by revealing the identities of PRC account holders should be punishable to the full extent of the law, and new legislation should be initiated to make such actions punishable by long jail terms.  If Volkswagen can be subject to billions of dollars in fines for violation of U.S. emissions regulations, the same standards should be applied to Internet service providers.
  1. We cannot sit idly by while North Korea grows its ballistic missile forces. The willingness of the PRC to tolerate a nuclear arsenal to be assembled near its border with North Korea is not “normal.” That policy is motivated by the PRC military designed to facilitate the international goals of Communist ideology. As a result of the Korean War, the United States understood what that ideology meant, but we were lulled into accepting Communist domination of China by government policies designed to play off the PRC against the Soviet Union. Acceptance of that policy led to diplomatic recognition of the PRC and demotion of the Republic of China on Taiwan to a list of pariah states that included South Africa and Israel. The PRC became a “friend,” in the eyes of some American politicians and Foreign Service officers who should have known better, and we began to facilitate the economic recovery of a China destroyed by “Maoist” ideology. Across our great country are military bases, and near those bases are commercial companies that service the domestic and international markets. Many are not defense related but their proximity to military installations makes them useful for purposes of espionage. In 2013, Smithfield Foods, a producer of pork products, was sold to a PRC company for $4.2 billion. Pork products are not defense related, but Smithfield, Virginia is located near major military installations in what is called “Hampton Roads.”  Those installations include the U.S. Seals. the Norfolk and Oceana naval bases, Langley Air Force Base and the U.S. headquarters of NATO.

 

 

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