China Watch: Part 2 An update on the biggest external threat to the U.S.
Most people outside of China confuse rampant industrial growth and modernization as progress worthy of praise. However, the people of China, while free to purchase an iPhone and access the internet are doing so after:
-working under Communist party rules with few health and safety restrictions.
-working long hours for low pay.
-seeing the rights of women and ethnic minorities decline.
-enduring unequal pay rates for women and children.
-experiencing blocks and restrictions on certain content and websites critical of China or communism. (sound familiar, conservatives?)
Under the Trump Administration, some of these human rights concerns were challenged. Visa restrictions and sanctions against many top Chinese Communist Party officials particularly those who attacked religious minorities and Hongkongers fighting authoritarianism. Recently, the Epoch Times detailed additional measures when, “former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated CCP’s persecution of Uyghurs and other majority-Muslim ethnic minorities as genocide and ‘crimes against humanity’ last month.”
Fast forward to the Biden Administration which was told by the Chinese Communist Party on February 1st to not cross a “red line” as outlined by their top diplomat, Yang Jiechi comprised of:
-interference in Tibet
-interference in Xinjiang (N.W. China autonomous territory)
-interference in Hong Kong
-interference with Taiwan
The Chinese naval expansion and posturing in the Pacific has increased dramatically. Yang called on the Biden administration to “restore” the China-U.S. relationship to a “predictable and constructive track of development.”
This soft-spoken but stern warning implies a relationship in which the U.S. avoids confrontation over any Chinese act of expansion or control over its citizens, both actual or believed(Taiwan). The current military environment was analyzed recently by STRATCOM Commander Adm. Charles Richard.
The mission of USSTRATCOM is to deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and our Allies. The command's assigned responsibilities include strategic deterrence; nuclear operations; space operations; joint electronic spectrum operations; global strike; missile defense; and analysis and targeting.
Richard warned that China and Russia have “begun to aggressively challenge international norms” in “ways not seen since the height of the Cold War.” foxnews.com An increase in cyberattacks and the procurement of advanced weapons only highlights the growing threat. The attempt to produce up to 1,000 drones annually, including clones of U.S. long range models was detailed on NTD recently.
As of today, TWO U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups (Nimitz and Roosevelt) are operating in the South China Sea, in an obvious demonstration of resolve to maintain U.S. naval presence and commitment. President Biden looks to continue military posturing begun under Trump but confrontation is inevitable.
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