This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 30, 2019:
This writer reviewed Michael Pillsbury’s “apology to the American people” titled The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower in November. Pillsbury, writing in 2015, said there was still time to head off the Chinese march to world hegemon.
Jonathon Ward, an Oxford scholar and founder of Atlas Organization, a consulting firm focused on the rise of China, says that the time is up. From his newly-released book China’s Vision of Victory, he wrote:
The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have known for decades that the day would come when America questioned China’s rise. Thinking on a multi-decade time frame out to 2049, they have called 2000 to 2020 the “period of strategic opportunity.” This was the time … in which “the international situation” would be [most] favorable to China…
[This is a contest] for which the Communist Party has been preparing for quite some time, and in which China is securing victory after victory … [it is a contest] in which China has set clear goals and made extraordinary gains.
Little mention was made of an event that secured the highest position possible in the Chinese Communist Party’s hierarchy for President Xi Jinping: that of “renmin lingxiu” or “People’s Leader,” an accolade reminiscent of that awarded China’s first communist dictator, Mao Zedong.
It was a political move, not strategic. Xi likely arranged for the sobriquet to be bestowed upon him as a message to any who harbored any concerns about where he was taking China. Ever since he had the government’s constitution amended in 2018 to make his position his as long as he wanted it, Xi has been the communist party’s “core” leader, holding chairmanship of the party’s military commission, commander-in-chief of China’s armed forces, and head of the party’s committees overseeing the country’s economy and finances.
The mask is slipping. Under Xi’s predecessor, Deng Xiaoping, Beijing’s public persona had been to “hide our capacities and bide our time.” That “Venus flytrap” included opening up his third-world country to trading with the west, especially the U.S.; promising not to interfere with entrepreneurs willing to invest in his country in order to access its cheap labor; encouraging their investment and laying low.
In 1978, China’s GDP was $10 billion a year. Today it is $13 trillion.
And now, according to Ward, the “time” has come to frontally challenge the United States as hegemon of the world.
As Michael Pillsbury explained, he and his insider cohorts running the U.S. government made five fatal assumptions: 1) Engagement with the Chinese communists will bring their cooperation; 2) Under Deng’s invitations to U.S. entrepreneurs, China was now on the road to democracy; 3) China was a fragile flower that needed the watering of western capital to help it succeed in becoming a full-blown well-behaved member of the advanced nations of the world; 4) China, under Deng’s faux-sincere welcoming, really wanted to be “just like us”; and 5) China’s “hawks” were weak, that the “moderates” were in charge and they could be dealt with honorably.
It was all bunkum. In November 2018, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said it was a lie:
There’s this … myth that some of us who worked to engage China thought it would become a Jeffersonian democracy, or espouse a liberal Western order.
We never thought that. We always knew the [Chinese] Communist Party would play a … dominant role.
Paulson remains a member of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), as does Robert Lightizer, President Trump’s Trade Representative working with the Chinese communists on his trade deal.
Replacing the United States as the hegemon of the world is now official policy and has been since 2017. Xi’s official Xinhua News Agency said so: “By 2050, two centuries after the Opium Wars, which plunged the ‘Middle Kingdom’ into a period of hurt and shame, China is set to regain its might and re-ascend to the top of the world.”
With the Politburo’s rubber stamp, Xi is free to 1) address the Hong Kong riots with all the military force he deems necessary; 2) continue to oppress the Uighurs; 3) extend credits for more and more nations under his dangerous Belt and Road program; 4) deal with President Trump through his trade representative in such a way that any agreement doesn’t turn him away from his primary objective: the creation of a new China that replaces the United States.
Xi, with complete control of the communist party’s apparatus, now is abrogating much of Deng’s initiatives that have turned China into an economic and military powerhouse. He is accelerating his country’s military buildup and continues to authorize the draconian repression of the Uighur Muslims in the western Xinjiang region. He continues to develop offshore islands in the South China Sea, turning them into military bases. He is free to threaten Taiwan with sanctions if they resist his overtures to absorb them into the Chinese orb.
He will continue to press his Belt and Road initiative, which Patrick Buchanan correctly noted as “projects to tie China to Central and South Asia and Europe … only to take possession of the facilities when local regimes default on their [Chinese] loans.”
There is little likelihood of a change while Xi is in charge. With the help of people like Paulson and Lighthizer and other globalists insinuated in the Trump administration, U.S. hegemony will continue to be threatened by the communists running the Chinese mainland.
Ward ended his book with this acknowledgement:
Thanks to the many people who made this book possible … thanks to all whose efforts have come before and who have worked to illuminate this challenge … thanks to those who work every day to help our country succeed…
With great effort, we will prevail.
The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor: Sun Tzu Was Right: the Way to Defeat an Enemy Is to Keep Him Ignorant that There’s a War
The Wall Street Journal: As China’s Troubles Mushroom, Xi Collects a Special Title
The Wall Street Journal: Has Xi Jinping Stirred a Backlash?
Patrick Buchanan: Is China the Country of the Future?