The United States is taking action against the various malignant actions of the Chinese regime, more adherently now since the pandemic outbreak from Wuhan and oppressive decisions to control Hong Kong.
Over the last few months, the Trump administration has adamantly demanded that the regime come forward to take responsibility for the coverup of the coronavirus, CCP virus, outbreak and the proper measures to stopping intellectual property (IP) and security issues posed by Chinese company Huawei, which comes out of Beijing.
Just last month, the Chinese regime forced a national security law over Hong Kong. In response, on May 29th, President Trump announces the elimination of preferential treatment and sanctions on officials involved in the oppression of Hong Kong’s freedoms and rights as an independent region.
Harry J. Kazianis, a national security expert at the Washington-based think tank Center for National interest declared, “I think it’s clear that the United States is rapidly moving to essentially declaring China an enemy.”
Trump’s 10-minute speech on May 29th included the administration’s China policy where he talked about Beijing stealing American IP, actions in South China Sea, coverup of the coronavirus pandemic, influence over World Health Organization (WHO), and the oppression of Hong Kong’s freedoms.
Vice chairman of the advocacy group Committee on the Present Danger, Frank Gaffney made this statement on Trump’s remarks, “the most articulate public statement by a president of the United States about the danger of the Chinese Communistic Party”.
On that day, Trump also announced US’ withdrawal from the WHO, banning Chinese students associated with Chinese military, and reviewing Chinese companies on U.S. stock exchanges.
This was indeed US hardening their stance against Beijing; particularly, since the virus coverup, along with backpedaling on their promises to Hong Kong with horror stories of persecution coming out of Xinjiang.
Lawmakers have described the relations between US and China as “cold war” style tensions. Gaffney says it is misleading because the communist regime has been waging war for decades. There was a strategy made by the Chinese military officials in the late 1990’s referred to as “unrestricted warfare”. These tactics engaged would achieve war goals without physical combat. They include theft of trade secrets, domination of industries and infrastructure, and using social media to manipulate and change global perceptions of Chinese regime. Gaffney also remarked, “The Soviets had an agenda of taking us down, but I don’t think they pursued it with anything remotely like the comprehensiveness, patience, determination, and resources that the Chinese Communistic Party is bringing to bear on us now.”
Trump recently indicted a crackdown on all Chinese companies within 60 days who didn’t meet the US accounting rules. The Chinese regime had blocked US regulators from being able to check audit papers of their Chinese companies, citing reason as “state secrets”. With lack of regulations, it puts American investors at risk with those companies growing in fraud scandals. Just the latest, Nasdaq-listed “Luckin Co͏f͏f͏ee” was exposed with making up huge sales of up to $300 million.
Also, the Trump administration also called forth the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB), which regulates pension funds for federal employees and military members, to stop any involvement in the investment of Chinese companies that posed national security risks and human rights issues. They replied they would postpone the investment.
Gaffney further stated that the United States “stop underwriting the Chinese Communistic Party” and that we must “ensure that the Chinese Communistic Party no longer is able to count on our financing for the myriad ways in which they’re waging war against us.”
Since the pandemic has exposed the dependence of supplies on China, the admin has made plans to expediently move critical supply chains out of China. Kazianis theorizes that if Trump wins re-election, not only would there be double the moves out of China, but also there would be an education campaign to explain why reducing US dependence on China is necessary. He also said, “The biggest thing that is difficult for the American people to understand is they hear all these challenges from China, but at the same time, we’re still buying hundreds of billions of dollars of products from China every year.”
Joseph Bosco, former China country director of the office of the Secretary of Defense, said that the human rights issue should be on the table when dealing with the regime. His ideas include using the “Magnitsky Act,” to sanction Chinese officials who persecute religious groups, ethnic minorities, and dissidents.
He stated further that Washington should broadcast a campaign into China and Hong Kong, showing “Beijing’s constant escalating violations of human rights, it’s threatening and aggressive behavior to China’s neighbors including Taiwan, and its lawless and irresponsible conduct in enabling the release of the pandemic from Wuhan to the world.”
Kazianis says Beijing understands that “this administration and by and large, the academic community in Washington, China scholars, and now I think the American people, have really awoken to the fact that China has done a lot of things to designate itself as an enemy of the United States” and also adds that the Chinese regime is “the greatest threat Washington faces since the Soviet Union”.