Everyday people may not realize it, but the United States has been entrenched in a war for economic and political supremacy with China for decades.
Massive trade imbalances and influence-peddling made people grimace. But the realization that American lives are now dependent on the communists’ willingness to supply medication and equipment was a rude awakening.
“Perhaps we were naïve about China’s virulent strain of Communism, or triumphalist after the Cold War, or cravenly capitalist, or hoodwinked by Beijing’s talk of a ‘peaceful rise,’” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly said. “Whatever the reason, today China is increasingly authoritarian at home and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom abroad.”
Cancel culture rioters and Democrats may be focused on tearing down statues, but the next president will be tasked with defeating China’s power grab. It’s either that or start learning how to bow and scrape as your freedom is erased. What voters decide in the November presidential election — between incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden — will likely determine whether America defeats another totalitarian regime or falls.
Led by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a recent hearing called “US-China: Winning the Economic Competition” compared historic adversaries such as the former Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and World War II Japan. Although the U.S. dispatched these threats to freedom through bloodshed and a protracted cold war, they pale in comparison to the danger posed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
“At the height of its power in 1980, the Soviet Union’s economy was 40 percent of the size of the American economy,” Senator Cotton said, noting that in 1943, Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan had a fraction of U.S. economic strength. “Today, China’s economy is two-thirds the size of our economy. So, China is richer than any adversary we’ve faced.”
And wealth means power in the 21st Century, perhaps even equal to bombs and bullets. The U.S. leads the world in terms of the most powerful and combat-ready armed forces. With a military budget approaching $1 trillion, the U.S. has the most airplanes, fighter planes, and 24 aircraft carriers. China, considered the third most prolific military, has nearly double the soldiers.
The next president is highly unlikely to be sending America’s sons and daughters to fight Red China because the battle is already on our doorstep. A global corporate war has been raging for decades and the U.S. was losing badly until President Trump stood his ground and beat back the communists in the recent trade war.
“(T)he economies of the U.S. and its allies are deeply connected to the Chinese economy,” foreign affairs expert Professor Walter Russell Mead recently told the U.S. Senate. “Given the party’s ambitions, other countries have no choice but to monitor Chinese investment and financial flows, to audit supply chains for key materials, and to eliminate strategic dependencies on China, and to eschew the use of Chinese tech that threatens their telecom and infrastructure security.”
It would have been unthinkable during the Cold War with communist Russia to allow deep corporate investment in the U.S. But that’s precisely what disgraced former President Bill Clinton facilitated by shepherding the PRC into membership in the World Trade Organization. His flawed reasoning was to bring the Chinese to the table and end their blatant intellectual property theft. Instead, gaining membership only emboldened the communists in Beijing.
Then comes Obama-era sidekick Joe Biden. He sees an opportunity for his family to become wealthy by yielding to Chinese ambition. A deal is brokered that puts Biden’s son, Hunter, into corporations that are showered with more than $1.5 billion in Chinese investment. Clinton may have been foolhardy, but Biden sold influence.
In exchange, Biden took the White House lead on crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade deal that would have solidified China’s economic supremacy. President Trump scuttled the deal and bludgeoned the PRC with massive tariffs until they cried uncle.
Recent incidents such as evicting China’s spies from a Houston consulate highlight the growing tension. The Trump Administration has hardened the country’s defenses and pushed for complete self-reliance. The communists have been desperately trying to steal American business innovation patents and secrets.
“Our action to direct the closure of PRC Consulate General in Houston was taken to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information,” National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot reportedly said.
At stake in November is not statues, kneeling for anthems, or arguing whether masks stop the spread of COVID-19. Freedom and economic power hang in the balance. Joe Biden and the previous administration sold us out, and he’ll do it again if Americans let him.