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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3425 on: August 17, 2018, 16:32:10 »
PLAAF joining a PLA nuke triad:

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China, close to establishing its own ‘nuclear triad,’ has practiced targeting US

The Pentagon, for the first time, has publicly reported what commanders in the Pacific have known about, and kept a wary eye on, for some time: China is practicing long-range bombing runs against U.S. targets.

While the Defense Department annually reports on the rapid growth in capabilities of China’s air, land and sea forces, the 2018 report is the first to acknowledge the direct threat to U.S. territory.

Recent developments on China’s H-6K variant of its Badger bomber give the bomber “the capability to carry six land-attack cruise missiles, giving the PLA a long-range standoff precision strike capability that can range Guam,” the report said. It also acknowledged frequent bombing practice runs that U.S. commanders at the newly renamed U.S. INDOPACOM in Hawaii have watched expand in numbers and distance.

During a trip to the command last October, defense officials described to Military Times the frequent incursions to test Guam’s air-defense zone as one of the many changes in China’s behavior in the Pacific that create worry. Compared to North Korea, which officials said they still view as “a fight we can win,” with China they “worry about the way things are going."

The $716 billion defense budget for FY2019 is largely focused on getting U.S. forces ready again for a great power fight, with investments in new fighters, bombers and ships to keep the U.S. at pace with — and ahead of — the Chinese investments.

“The PLA has been developing strike capabilities to engage targets as far away from China as possible. Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against U.S. and allied targets,” the 2018 report found.

More worrisome, the report found, “the PLA Air Force has been re-assigned a nuclear mission. The deployment and integration of nuclear-capable bombers would, for the first time, provide China with a nuclear “triad” of delivery systems dispersed across land, sea and air.”

The unclassified version of the annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments was released Thursday; a separate classified version was also prepared for the Hill.

The Pentagon emphasized that even as it is monitoring and re-calibrating its own defense strategies and investment priorities to be prepared for a potential great power fight in the future with China, “the Department of Defense’s objective is to set the military relationship between our two countries on a path of transparency and non-aggression," the report said...
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/08/17/pentagon-china-close-to-nuclear-triad-has-practiced-targeting-us/

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3426 on: August 31, 2018, 14:04:29 »
Profiling with Chicom characteristics--at Defense One's "D-Brief" (further links at original):

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Careful on LinkedIn, intel pros — China is trying to recruit you. That’s one message from William Evanina, the U.S. counter-intelligence chief, who spoke to Reuters on Thursday [Aug. 30] about the matter.

Writes Reuters: “It is highly unusual for a senior U.S. intelligence official to single out an American-owned company by name and publicly recommend it take action. LinkedIn boasts 562 million users in more than 200 countries and territories, including 149 million U.S. members.”

No secret: Defense One long ago chronicled how LinkedIn is an easy phone book for spotting intelligence professionals (special operators, spies, codebreakers, you name it…). In 2013, we pieced together the super-secretive National Security Agency’s org chart (much of it, anyway) using, in part, LinkedIn profiles. It’s a “It’s a marvelous intelligence goldmine,” tweets Marc Ambinder, former Defense One contributor who broke that scoop, Friday morning...

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3427 on: September 07, 2018, 15:49:55 »
Could be getting pretty close to RCAF's NORAD area:

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How a potential Chinese-built airport in Greenland could be risky for a vital US Air Force base

With less than 60,000 people spread across more than 830,000 square miles, Greenland relies heavily on air transport to move supplies and people up and down its coast.

So when the local government issued a solicitation to build three new airports, the move made sense from a business perspective. The project would be expensive, but would improve commerce and make life on the island easier for its residents.

Then a Chinese company — owned by the government in Beijing, and once blacklisted by the World Bank — put forth a bid, and a simple request for proposals transformed into a project with international diplomatic ramifications.

Denmark, which has final say on national security issues involving Greenland, objected. The government in Greenland then insisted China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which has succesfully worked on large infrastructure projects around the world, would remain one of its finalists for the projects, setting up intense negotiations between two governments [our gov't blocked CCCC from taking over big construction firm Aecon https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-china-is-not-a-threat-to-canada-and-doesnt-deserve-unfair-treatment/ ].

All this comes as officials across Europe are raising alarm over whether Chinese economic influence on the continent is becoming a national security problem — with Danish officials specifically worried that the partly-government owned company’s interest in Greenland could have a lasting impact on a key American military base located there...



In recent years, Chinese firms have invested in several Greenland-based projects, including a mine for rare earth elements and uranium in southern Greenland and an iron mine near the capital, Nuuk. That kind of economic investment has been welcomed as a boost to the local economy.

But in 2016, a Chinese company attempted to buy a former U.S. military base, and the government in Denmark stepped in, vetoing the deal. At the time, Danish officials were quoted anonymously in the press, saying they had resisted the deal as a favor to its longtime American ally.

The CCCC bid for the airport contract would represent another major investment. The airport has an estimated cost of 3.6 billion Danish krone (U.S. $560 million). Such a massive infrastructure project for whatever company wins could potentially set Beijing up as a major economic driver for Greenland.

Like elsewhere in Europe, “the big fear is that even a small Chinese investment will amount to a large part of Greenland’s GDP, giving China an outsized influence that can be used for other purposes,” said Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, an associate professor at the Royal Danish Defence College’s Institute for Strategy...



The U.S. Air Force’s Thule Air Base, located on the western side of Greenland, is home to several strategic assets vital to America’s homeland defense. The Air Force’s 21st Space Wing operates systems related to missile warning, space surveillance and space control from the base; forces also operate the Upgraded Early Warning Radar, used to track incoming ballistic missiles [emphasis added].

In addition, the base is home to a 10,000-foot runway and what the Pentagon claims is “the northernmost deep water port in the world,” which would become incredibly important for any military operation that runs through the Arctic.

“A Chinese presence in Greenland would complicate the U.S. position on the island — ultimately it is not impossible to imagine that China could pressure the Greenlandic government to ask the Americans to leave or demand permission to get a Chinese military or dual-use presence there,” Rahbek-Clemmensen noted...
https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/09/07/how-a-potential-chinese-built-airport-in-greenland-could-be-risky-for-a-vital-us-air-force-base/

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3428 on: September 07, 2018, 18:03:03 »
Since the World’s geo-political-military-economic framework appears to be moving towards economic influence, particularly in distributed bi-lateral agreements (sound familiar?), this should come as no surprise to many/most onlookers.  China’s brick and road initiative isn’t just for Southeast Asia...

Interesting times ahead, and Greenland is likely only the first major close-to-home development likely to be pursued by Beijing.

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3429 on: September 19, 2018, 13:55:48 »
How tough with China are Justin Trudeau and LPC compradors willing to get (note Japan and India near end)?

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Ottawa launches probe of cyber security

Canada is conducting a national security analysis to minimize cyberthreats to the country from equipment made by foreign telecommunications companies, including China’s Huawei – a study that has gained importance since the United States and Australia banned the telecom giant from participating in new wireless cellular networks.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who recently had discussions in Australia about possible threats from Huawei during a meeting of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, said on Tuesday the security analysis is government-wide, but would provide no further details.

Mr. Goodale visited Australia in late August, shortly after Canberra barred Huawei and rival Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE from supplying parts there for the development of the mobile network known as 5G, citing national security.

“We had the opportunity to hear from Australia in terms of its decision and the decision-making process that is under way in a great many countries," Mr. Goodale told The Globe and Mail on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting. "That was useful information from Canada’s point of view, and we are making sure we have the analysis and ultimately the set of decisions that will keep Canadians safe.”

Huawei did not have an immediate response to Ottawa’s national security analysis.

5G is the next stage in cellular technology, and will require massive infrastructure to deliver the promised faster downloads. Under Chinese law, companies must “support, co-operate with and collaborate in national intelligence work” as requested by Beijing, and security experts in the United States and Canada warn that equipment produced by firms such as Huawei could be compromised on behalf of China’s ruling party.

When asked whether Ottawa is considering following the United States and Australia, Mr. Goodale said he did not want to talk about specific companies, but added that “nothing is left out” of the security analysis...

Mr. Goodale did not say when the security analysis began, but the Trump administration, Congress and U.S. security agencies have been cranking up pressure on Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand – three of its partners in the Five Eyes – to ban Huawei from 5G networks [emphasis added].

An official in Mr. Goodale’s office later told The Globe the analysis began well before Australia announced its 5G ban on Huawei and ZTE [emphasis added].

Japan is also studying whether additional regulations are needed to reduce “security risks from using network equipment from Chinese companies," according to the Wall Street Journal, which spoke to officials responsible for cybersecurity in the Japanese government’s cabinet office. The Japanese business newspaper Sankei Shimbun also reported that the security restrictions being contemplated would effectively ban Huawei and ZTE from Japan.

Huawei’s future in India has also come into question. The Economic Times of India cited the country’s telecom secretary in a recent report saying the Chinese firm was being excluded from the government’s list of partner companies for 5G trials. “We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got positive response from them,” telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told ETT. “We have excluded Huawei from these trials.”

Huawei has denied it is being excluded from 5G trials in India, pointing to comments from the telecom secretary that she might be open to including the firm.

In early September, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the spy agency tasked with protecting Canadians from cyberattacks, acknowledged to The Globe that it has been conducting security tests since 2013 on telecommunications equipment sold in Canada by Huawei. Britain has a similar testing system, but a report in July found that the results give only limited assurances that Huawei’s operations pose no threat...
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ottawa-launches-probe-of-cyber-security/

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3431 on: October 08, 2018, 11:18:26 »
Mr Meng the President of Interpol was arrested in China of suspicion of corruption. 


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/world/asia/china-interpol-men-hongwei.html


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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3432 on: October 09, 2018, 14:56:57 »
China using its "One Belt, One Road" to grasp Weltmacht in Africa--start of good piece by Globe's Geoffrey York:

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China flexes its political muscles in Africa with media censorship, academic controls

When he announced another US$60-billion in financing for Africa last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that the money had “no political strings attached.”

But a series of recent incidents, including cases of media censorship and heavy-handed academic controls, have cast doubt on that promise. China’s financial muscle is rapidly translating into political muscle across the continent.

At a major South African newspaper chain where Chinese investors now hold an equity stake, a columnist lost his job after he questioned China’s treatment of its Muslim minority.

In Zambia, heavily dependent on Chinese loans, a prominent Kenyan scholar was prevented from entering the country to deliver a speech critical of China. In Namibia, a Chinese diplomat publicly advised the Namibian President to use pro-China wording in a coming speech. And a scholar at a South African university was told that he would not receive a visa to enter China until his classroom lectures contain more praise for Beijing.

Mr. Xi’s promise to African leaders in early September was the latest reiteration of a frequent Chinese boast: a non-interference pledge that often wins applause from a continent with a history of Western colonialism and conditional World Bank loans. China routinely touts its financial engagement with Africa as a “win-win” situation for both sides, in contrast to exploitative Western policies.

For years, Africa has embraced China’s offers of investment, loans and trade. Chinese money has become the biggest new source of financing and investment in many African countries. But there are growing concerns that this assistance might not be as benign as they had once believed.

African governments and businesses, eager for Chinese funds, are increasingly willing to suppress or censor viewpoints that Beijing does not like. Backed by dramatically rising investment and loans, Chinese influence is sharply increasing in African media, academia, politics and diplomacy...

Another sign of Beijing’s political power is the huge number of African leaders who flock to the summit of China’s main African organization: the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). More than 50 African leaders attended the latest FOCAC summit in China last month, where Mr. Xi announced his US$60-billion pledge. In fact, many more African leaders attended the Beijing summit than the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where less than 30 African leaders were in attendance this year...
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-china-flexes-its-political-muscles-in-africa-with-media-censorship/

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3433 on: October 11, 2018, 01:01:14 »
The full article is behind the WSJ paywall, but even this excerpt is worth the read. The United States rolls out it's new China policy:

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/309845

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OCTOBER 9, 2018
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Did Cold War II break out last week while no one was watching?

The Trump administration’s China policy swam into view, and it’s a humdinger. Vice President Mike Pence gave a guide to the approach in a speech last week at the Hudson Institute (where I am a fellow). Denouncing what he called China’s “whole of government” approach to its rivalry with the U.S., Mr. Pence vowed the Trump administration will respond in kind. He denounced China’s suppression of the Tibetans and Uighurs, its “Made in China 2025” plan for tech dominance, and its “debt diplomacy” through the Belt and Road initiative. The speech sounded like something Ronald Reagan could have delivered against the Soviet Union: Mr. Xi, tear down this wall! Mr. Pence also detailed an integrated, cross-government strategy to counter what the administration considers Chinese military, economic, political and ideological aggression.

In the same week as the vice president’s speech, Navy plans for greatly intensified patrols in and around Chinese-claimed waters in the South China Sea were leaked to the press. Moreover, the recently-entered trilateral U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement was revealed to have a clause discouraging trade agreements between member countries and China. The administration indicated it would seek similar clauses in other trade agreements. Also last week, Congress approved the Build Act, a $60 billion development-financing program designed to counter China’s Belt and Road strategy in Africa and Asia. Finally, the White House issued a report highlighting the danger that foreign-based supply chains pose to U.S. military capabilities in the event they are cut off during a conflict.

Any one of these steps would have rated banner headlines in normal times; in the Age of Trump, all of them together barely registered. But this is a major shift in American foreign policy.

WSJ link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/mike-pence-announces-cold-war-ii-1539039480
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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3434 on: October 11, 2018, 05:56:04 »
Seems like the US is playing catch-up to a much more ambitious & globally focused China.  While the US is focused on global military operations (some quite necessary) - China is building trade agreements & providing condition free loans to several countries. 

The US wants to discourage trade agreements with China, which is silly as China is very quickly becoming the world's largest economy - telling countries not to develop trade agreements with China is basically asking those countries to shoot themselves in the foot for the sake of US friendship.  (A friendship Trump hasn't been eager to honour in many cases.)


And ofcourse there is a huge security risk of having Chinese based supply chains supporting US military capabilities.  That's the one case where "Made in America" should probably be mandatory.  Not just in the case of the supplies being disrupted during a conflict, but the sheer vulnerability created by using Chinese circuitry in US military hardware. 

It wasn't that long ago (Like AT ALL) that China executed 18 CIA officers (No, I'm not kidding) -- precisely because the tech they were using was...guess what?  Made in China.  In that case, quite intentionally so.
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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3435 on: October 11, 2018, 08:21:04 »
.....China executed 18 CIA officers ...
It may seem like a pedantic point, but for accuracy, the PRC executed an unconfirmed number of CIA sources -- no actual American CIA officers were killed.

And while compromised comms were very much a factor, the Chinese were aided by Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA officer who they had recruited;  he's since been arrested and is awaiting trial in the States. 

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3437 on: October 11, 2018, 15:08:55 »
More Chinese spying--unusual to arrest and charge serving Ministry of State Security officer, and note extradition from Belgium:

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Chinese Officer Is Extradited to U.S. to Face Charges of Economic Espionage

A Chinese intelligence official was arrested in Belgium and extradited to the United States to face espionage charges, Justice Department officials said on Wednesday, a major escalation of the Trump administration’s effort to crack down on Chinese spying.

The extradition on Tuesday of the officer, Yanjun Xu, a deputy division director in China’s main spy agency, the Ministry of State Security, is the first time that a Chinese intelligence official has been brought to the United States to be prosecuted and tried in open court. Law enforcement officials said that Mr. Xu tried to steal trade secrets from companies including GE Aviation outside Cincinnati, in Evendale, Ohio, one of the world’s top jet engine suppliers for commercial and military aircraft.

A 16-page indictment details what appears to be a dramatic international sting operation to lure Mr. Xu to what he believed was a meeting in Belgium to obtain proprietary information about jet fan blade designs from a GE Aviation employee, only to be met by Belgian authorities and put on a plane to the United States.

China has for years used spycraft and cyberattacks to steal American corporate, academic and military information to bolster its growing economic power and political influence. But apprehending an accused Chinese spy — all others charged by the United States government are still at large — is an extraordinary development and a sign of the Trump administration’s continued crackdown on the Chinese theft of trade secrets.

The administration also outlined on Wednesday [Oct. 10] new restrictions on foreign investment aimed at keeping China from gaining access to American companies.

The arrest of Mr. Xu “shows that federal law enforcement authorities can not only detect and disrupt such espionage, but can also catch its perpetrators,” Benjamin C. Glassman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said in a statement.

The coming trial, in federal court in Cincinnati, could further expose China’s methods for stealing trade secrets and embarrass officials in Beijing — part of what current and former administration officials said was a long-term strategy to make stealing secrets costly and shameful for China...
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/us/politics/china-spy-espionage-arrest.html

DoJ news release:
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/chinese-intelligence-officer-charged-economic-espionage-involving-theft-trade-secrets-leading

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3438 on: October 17, 2018, 14:58:52 »
Terry Glavin slashes and burns his way through our comprador class:

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Glavin: China, not the United States, is the greater threat to Canada's trade sovereignty
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Just to quickly set the preposterously muddied record straight, Article 32 [of USMCA] is an American innovation that merely stipulates that Canada may not enter into a “free trade” agreement with a non-market economy – by which the Americans have since helpfully conceded they meant a command-and-control police state like China – without so much as a by-your-leave from the other parties to the newly christened U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. For that matter, neither may the United States or Mexico.

If any of the three parties choose to enter into talks with a non-market economy (from here on we’ll just say “China”), the other parties are to be given three months prior notice. During the talks, the other parties are to be kept abreast of what’s on the table and what’s not. If the other parties don’t like the resulting deal, they can put China’s partner outside the USMCA and carry on by themselves in a bilateral trade arrangement.

That this should have incited such hoarse-throated imbecilities about Canadian “sovereignty” to emanate from Canada’s international-trade policy establishment and the Canada-China business lobby (same thing, as often as not) and a section of the business press should tell you something about just how far the rot has spread since former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s first Team Canada brigade was so warmly welcomed in Beijing back in 1994.

With nearly a quarter of a century of lucrative post-politics sinecures, Canada-China “friendship” sleaze-baggery and shameless pro-Beijing think-tankery having taken its moral and intellectual toll, it is no wonder that the very idea that China is some kind of normal trading country has been normalized.

...Wenran Jiang, the exuberantly Beijing-friendly think-tanker with the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, whose name seems to be an indelible must-consult entry in each and every digital CBC news and public-affairs show rolodex – was beside himself about Article 32. “Anything now we do must be subject to American approval, and this is a severe concession and a sacrifice and a giveaway of our sovereignty, period,” he told CBC News.

While Wenran Jiang’s rubbish is barely distinguishable from the shouting coming from the Chinese Embassy, and Duncan Cameron, “publisher emeritus” of the chronically unserious pseudo-left webzine Rabble is making pretty well the same stupid noises about Canadian sovereignty as Ontario economic development minister Jim Wilson, you have to laugh. But it is no laughing matter that among the G7 countries, Canada’s political class remains uniquely persistent in its refusal to recognize China for what it is: a vicious, expansionist police state ruled by a violent, corrupt oligarchy that is quite explicit about its intent to overthrow the American-led world order that has guaranteed Canada’s peace and prosperity over the past 70 years.

Only this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau again rebuffed American entreaties to exclude Huawei Technologies from Canada’s fifth-generation cellular systems. Trudeau said he would not allow “politics” to intrude on such decisions, and would rely instead on the advice of experts – by which he meant the assurances of bureaucrats at the Communications Security Establishment that they’re up to the job of ensuring that Huawei, a behemoth based in Shenzhen, China, won’t be allowed to get away with spying.

In so doing, Trudeau is ignoring three former heads of Canada’s spy services, including former Canadian Security Intelligence Services director Ward Elcock, who has stated bluntly that Huawei “is essentially under the control of the Chinese government.” Trudeau is also choosing to ignore the counsel of six U.S. intelligence agencies and the Australian security and intelligence establishment. These are not “experts”? This is not about “politics”? Of course it is...

Despite Article 32, Trudeau has insisted that Canada will continue to pursue ever-closer trade ties with China. As for a free trade deal, it was never possible anyway. You can’t strike a genuinely “free” trade deal with a wholly unfree country such as China. Besides that, if an anodyne clause like Article 32 has turned Canada into a “vassal state” of the U.S., what would you expect would become of Canadian sovereignty under a full-bore comprehensive trade agreement with the princeling oligarchs of Beijing, overseers of the largest and most sophisticated slave state in human history?
https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/glavin-china-not-the-united-states-is-the-greater-threat-to-canadas-trade-sovereignty

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3439 on: October 17, 2018, 22:05:24 »
Long article in the Christian Science Monitor about how and why the United States is recasting its relationships with China. Most interesting is the former policy of overlooking human rights and other factors in an effort to keep China economically engaged seems to be over. Excerpt from Instapundit, full article here:


https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2018/1016/Signs-mount-of-a-fundamental-shift-in-US-China-ties

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/310568
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CHANGE: Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties.

With efforts to resolve the tit-for-tat tariff battle in limbo, Vice President Pence this month served public notice that the US sees trade as just one grievance among many against China’s economic, military, geopolitical, and human rights policies. And he explicitly questioned a core assumption of US policy over the past two decades: that support for modernization in China and its integration into the world economy would temper Chinese leaders politically and provide the basis for a relationship of cooperation. Mr. Pence said, in effect, that ship had now sailed.

A new cold war, if that’s what it becomes, will likely look far different from the first. The Soviet Union was an underdeveloped country with an outsized military and a fearsome nuclear arsenal. China is also a nuclear power, and has been gradually building up its military reach in recent years. Yet with China, the root source of competition and of steadily growing friction has been an economic one. More specifically, it’s about how China has been using its growing economic might.

It’s interesting that Ned Temko should bring up the Soviet Union’s lack of economic might, when for decades we had been assured (always by the Left) that the Soviets were on the brink of overtaking us — if they already hadn’t. Given China’s debt explosion and coming demographic implosion, you have to wonder if they’re as economically mighty as so many people think they are.
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