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“Internationalism” and Communist China

May 12, 2020

Today, May 12, Penguin Books has published The World: A Brief Introduction by Richard Haas, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. The  website of CFR features an essay by Haas titled “  A Cold War With China Would Be a Mistake.

Haas and his influential Council on Foreign Relations are carriers of the intellectual ideology of President Woodrow Wilson that aspired to reconstitute relations between nations not on “balance of power,” but on reason, rational relations based in international law and enforced by international organizations. For Woodrow Wilson the League of Nations, and for post-World War II Liberal ideology, the United Nations was man’s best hope for achieving peace on earth. A full analysis of Wilson’s idealism may be found in my The Conservative Rebellion published in 2015.

What Progressive intellectuals like Richard Haas omit from their world view is the nature of totalitarian Marxism/Leninism as that ideology is manifest in Communist China. I use the adjective “Communist” intentionally because that concept is rejected out or hand by Richard Haase when addressing United States relations with the People’s Republic of China. For Haas, the PRC regime is “authoritarian.” Haas misses the revolutionary nature and intent of this “totalitarian” regime.

I believe that ignoring the Communist totalitarian nature of the PRC by intellectuals in the West is a subtle form of racism that holds the captive Han Chinese subjects of the PRC as lesser humans than Europeans and Americans.

Once upon a time, the United States understood what Communist 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 politicians who should have known better, and we began to facilitate the economic recovery of a China destroyed by Mao Tse-tung’s ideology.

There are numerous ways to begin to move the PRC into the more normal condition of nation states.

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.

Seven years ago, 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 based at Little Creek, Norfolk Naval Station, the Yorktown nuclear weapons depot, and other sensitive military bases.

How could the PRC insert agents onto those bases. One way would be to own and operate a commercial food company nearby.

The first way  to contain the PRC is to deny the purchase of any commercial venture within 250 miles of a U.S. military base.

The history of China reveals susceptibility to invasion and Chinese sense of loss of country is more than a literary reference. The Mongol invasion was one ancient example, but in the 20th century Japan’s invasion of China in 1937 is fresh in Chinese memory. “The rape of Nanking” symbolized the fear of Japan that drives the People’s Republic of China even today.

In that context, the Communist government’s commitment to revolution merges with its commitment to defend China and the role of the People’s Liberation Army.  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. Here are seven additional actions worth considering to constrain the PRC and punish that regime for release of the Coronavirus.

Progressive 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.

  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.

 

  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 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.

 

  In February 2020, China held 1092.3 billion dollars in U.S. Treasury Securities. China is the second largest holder of Treasury bills, slightly less than Japan (1268.3 billion US). That gives leverage to the PRC in a crisis such as we face today with the release of Covid-19 from a laboratory in Wuhan. In fact, Since May of last year, the PRC has reduced its stash of  Treasury securities  The Trump Administration is aware of that vulnerability and shapes its response of Covid-19 in order to protect the U.S. dollar from retaliation by the PRC.

 

  A review of all investments by PRC nationals in, or ownership of, security-sensitive, especially high technology, companies should be conducted and divestiture be required upon a reaching a negative finding..

  Enlist the Vatican in a campaign against actions against the Roman Catholic Church in the PRC and deny visas to priests and bishops of the PRC’s Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. The Trump Administration should make the exercise of freedom of religion as a condition for any preferment granted by the U.S. government to any and all foreign nations.

 

  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 Yahoo account holders should be punishable to the full extent of the law. Legislation should be initiated to make such actions punishable by long jail terms or by the threat of regulation of Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other means of communication used widely in the PRC.  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

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