Time to Recognize China as A Threat

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    Very interesting 11-page article from Accuracy in Media. Worth the read.

    AIM Report: Time to Recognize the China Threat
    February 28, 2005

    Having used espionage agents to steal our most advanced nuclear secrets from U.S. nuclear laboratories, China is already in the process of developing and deploying modern nuclear weapons that can destroy the U.S.

    Everyone is in favor of free trade. But when trading practices erode the U.S. industrial and manufacturing base, which enables the U.S. to maintain a superior national defense, our ability to defend freedom is itself in jeopardy. The shocking facts, buried mostly in the business pages of our major papers, are unmistakable. The U.S. industrial base has become dangerously dependent on imports, and industries that provide materials critical to our national defense have been in serious decline.

    For several years, with very little media coverage, a body called the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has been holding hearings and issuing reports on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the U.S. and China. The commission members are Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals. Yet they all agree that China's trading practices have resulted in the erosion, some say the decimation, of U.S. manufacturing capacity.

    One official of the commission told AIM they have received more coverage from the communist Chinese media than the U.S. press. The Chinese fear that the work and findings of the commission could spark outrage over the pro-China policy that has been pursued by successive U.S. administrations, from Clinton to Bush.

    Such concern is starting to emerge. Saying that China is fast becoming the manufacturing center of the world, at the expense of millions of jobs here at home, a bipartisan group of members of Congress announced on February 9 that they are opposing "normal trading relations" with China, which used to be known as Most Favored Nation status.

    Continued U.S. dependence on foreign oil is an obvious problem that gets regular attention. But oil is just one aspect of the global resource war that pits the U.S. against China and even the European Union (EU). When he was president of the EU, Jacques Delor put his cards on the table in declaring that Europe had to be prepared to "fight the resource wars of the 21st century." The EU has emerged as a major competitor to the U.S. and it could now enter into an alliance with China and become a major threat.

    A controversy is starting to emerge in the press over the EU's decision to lift its embargo later this year on arms sales to China. This will enable China to get access to advanced military technology to use against the Republic of China on Taiwan and the U.S. The embargo was imposed after the bloody 1989 communist crackdown on the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.

    Having used espionage agents to steal our most advanced nuclear secrets from U.S. nuclear laboratories, China is already in the process of developing and deploying modern nuclear weapons that can destroy the U.S. While the media focus on North Korea's announcement that it may have a few nuclear weapons, Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times cite a new report from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center that China will have 75-100 nuclear-capable ICBMs capable of hitting the U.S. in 15 years' time.

    While the press also focuses on events in the Middle East, the U.S. and China are engaged in a heated battle for resources from Latin America, traditionally regarded as America's back yard. Anti-American President Hugo Chavez of oil-rich Venezuela has recently touted oil and gas deals he signed with the Chinese, part of a strategy designed to boost trade with the communist country to nearly $3 billion next year. China and Brazil, China's largest trading partner in Latin America, have already declared a "strategic partnership" between them. China's President Hu Jintao visited Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Cuba in November.

    In a surprising development, China National Offshore Oil Corp., China's dominant offshore oil and gas producer, is reportedly eyeing purchase of part or all of U.S. oil firm Unocal Corp. The Wall Street Journal noted that the notion of a Chinese state-owned company considering bidding for a 115-year-old publicly traded U.S. firm would have been largely unthinkable five years ago. "But the booming Chinese economy—and natural resources needed to sustain it—have sent the country on an acquisition binge," the paper said.

    For full story http://www.aim.org/aim_report/2708_0_4_0_C/
     
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