China, in what seems to be more and more bold demands, is now demanding of the U.S. that we stop opposing their actions, or we will risk kicking off a new Cold war with them.
First, I would love to say, “When you are stealing another side’s tech, threatening their military, expanding and using threats against our allies, taking land from them, how is this any different than the cold war we had with Russia?”
“China has no intention to change, still replace, the United States,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “It is time for the United States to give up it’s wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization.”
If nothing else taught us the danger of dependence on China, this bout we currently are going through with this virus, the ability of China to control who gets what medicine, we have almost brought our nation to the point of ruin.
With our capability to produce antibiotics, including penicillin and chloramphenicol; essential batteries including lithium; rare earth metals and critical elements like tungsten; vitamin supplements and even shipping containers, as well as safety glass, laptops, cell phones, life jackets, and anchors, yet we have passed all this on to China, we no longer are producing any of this. This is an intolerable disadvantage.
While the world economy seems excellent, there is a considerable risk that has been exposed by China, if one nation becomes the majority supplier of all products in a specific product line, we are at their mercy in times of emergency, if nothing else has shown the need for self-production in the name of national security, this has.
China has gone out of its way to control strategic resources, to capture the whole market, then use this control to force nations to give in to its demands.
Their actions with the virus, the refusal to disclose the state of this pandemic, to prosecute anyone that dared to speak about it, to recruit the U.N. agency, W.H.O., were more than happy to carry water for China, shows what extremes this nation to go through.
The virus is not China’s fault. This is something that happens in life. But the spread, the refusal to disclose so nations could take precautions; this is its fault. This is something that China should be forced to pay for; if nothing else, to see the need and make moves to shift this world control that China currently holds, and diversify the world supply chain, no more should one nation be able to control strategic resources or corner the market on manufacturing or medicines.
Strategic Dependency is defined as when “[a] country is a net importer of a particular good; it imports more than 50 percent of its supplies from China, and China controls more than 30 percent of the global market that particular good,” according to the report.
As China continues to bully economies, Matthew Henderson — director of the Asia Studies Center at the Henry Jackson Society, and one of the authors of the report — said that to turn this around requires a “decoupling” of the U.S. and Chinese economy and the forming of new partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Rebooting international trade and free trade agreements and forging relationships with partner countries who are reliable, is how it’s going to win this for us,” he said, adding: “President Trump and his administration see both sides of the picture.”
We need to come together with partner nations, nations that share our self-interests, to create a means to decouple ourselves from China, to move strategic resources and manufacturing back to these nations.
The threat of a cold war with China is just a play on words; we have been in a cold war with them for years; no one wants to admit it. Maybe it is time we do, make adjustments, and move to aid nations around China in containing it.