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China’s Plan to Rule the World
I’ve written before how China has stolen our military secrets, how it has been creating land in the South China sea and intimidating its neighbors while building up military bases on these newly minted military islands, how it is constructing more nuclear submarines, carrier destroying missiles and even has plans to construct a base on the moon within the next 25 years all with the goal of surpassing the United States to become the dominant nation on earth.
American shows of force are unlikely to reverse or even halt China’s gains in the South China Sea. According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, China has almost completed its defensive and reconnaissance structures in the Spratly and Paracel Islands. These structures will be able to support dozens of combat aircraft and ships, as well as coastal artillery and other military supplies, which can assist Beijing in establishing an air defense identification zone above the South China Sea and in defending the sea lines of communication necessary for China’s economic growth.
I’ve also written for years that we should be more focused on China, not Russia. As a former Naval Intelligence Analyst who routinely examined the former Soviet Union many decades ago, I always felt China was going to one day prove our biggest threat. We must keep a strategic eye on China.
The first step is for the United States to declare support for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China framework for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea (COC). While the United States has acknowledged the framework, it has provided suggestions for the COC’s future without endorsing the mutually agreed framework. Declaring support for the joint ASEAN-Chinese effort would help reduce tensions between the United States and China. It would also signal that Washington values Beijing as a diplomatic partner.
Chinese president Xi Jinping of China’s Communist Party has proposed eliminating term limits for himself, effectively making himself emperor for life, enabling him to rule the world’s most populous nation without recourse to any checks and balances. This power grab has supposedly shaken European political leaders but since the United States has abdicated its role as global leader beginning with the Obama’s first term in office, many see Germany as assuming a more assertive leadership role in Europe…few believe China is moving toward the Western values of democracy and rule of laws.
Its “One Belt, One Road” initiative is the key to its plan. It is a staggeringly massive development project spanning dozens of countries – the most ambitious global engineering endeavor the world has ever seen since the Roman Empire. The overland “belt” part entrails highways, railways, and all their supporting infrastructure, including power and the internet, across multiple land routes from western China through Central Asia to the Middle East and Europe.
Our nation, starting with President Nixon, who opened the door to trade with China when he visited that nation and took us off the gold standard, and furthered under President Clinton who allowed many of our military secrets to be stolen by Chinese military computer hackers, has allowed the Chinese to progress at an alarming rate.
The maritime road part consists of new ports, ships, and sea routes from southern China across the Indian Ocean to Africa [the Chinese have been very, very busy exploiting trade in Africa while the U.S. has sat on its ass] and through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. If all these projects bear fruit, trade along these routes will exceed $2.5 trillion a year.
Already, China has invested $1 trillion in the project, and 68 governments and international organizations have agreed to participate. China is attempting to provide an ideological and moral alternative to the United States. Within their own country they have already poured more concrete and materials in the past ten years than we have in the past century…and our Congress cannot get its act together to fix our ailing infrastructure!
Their goal according to our own MI6 and Pentagon analysts [my sources wish to remain anonymous] is to return China to its glory days as the center of the ‘Imperial World.’
The United States needs to diplomatically engage China over the South China Sea to reduce tensions, build trust, and achieve a quick and lasting solution to the North Korea problem and to regain its leadership role in the world.
A Black Swan event we should guard against here in this country include one where China dumps its Treasuries and revalues its currency upward, sending U.S. consumer prices and bond yields sharply higher…already, China, Russia and OPEC nations are looking to form trading alliances and may refuse to accept payment in U.S. dollars, potentially causing shortages and prices spikes of imported goods.
Is anyone in Washington noticing? This has been taking place for more than a decade!
Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic
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