By John Ubaldi, “Ubaldi Reports”
With the 2020 Presidential election less than a month away, very little has been asked of Joe Biden or any other Democrat running for public office how they would differentiate themselves from President Trump’s China policy.
During the Democratic primary little or nothing was asked of all the candidates how they would deal with China, except that Trump’s China policy is a disaster.
Now that Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee little has been asked or reported how his China policy would be different from Trump’s. Even in the presidential and vice presidential debates the moderators never asked Biden or Harris specifically what they would do different.
If one just does a cursory analysis of all Democratic candidates it seems that Democrats find it difficult to understand how merciless and dictatorial doing business with communist China can be.
The issue with China was raised in the first presidential debate but only in the rhetorical sparing match between Trump and Biden over his son’s business dealings in China at the time his father Joe Biden served as vice president under President Barack Obama.
Hunter Biden’s name came to the forefront during the contentious impeachment saga against President Trump when the nation first learned of Hunter Biden’s business dealings and acceptance of money from business entities in China, Russia and Ukraine.
This all came to the forefront with the 85-page Senate report depicting Hunter Biden’s payments from various nefarious actors from Ukraine, Russia and, most aggressively, China.
Hunter Biden isn’t the only Democrat who has questionable business dealings with Communist China. Mark Kelly, the former NASA astronaut, now a Democratic senatorial candidate in Arizona, who is currently, pitted in a contentious senate race against GOP Sen. Martha McSally. McSally, herself an aerospace pioneer, who became the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat as the Arizona senate race has become one of the closest watched senatorial contest in the country.
Like Hunter Biden the media has given little coverage to the business dealings of Kelly’s surveillance company World View Enterprises which he co-founded and is a strategic advisor. World View is a geospatial surveillance company who received an investment by the Chinese conglomerate “Tencent.” One must understand all companies in China are linked directly and indirectly to the Chinese government. This investment by “Tencent” gives the Chinese communist government greater access to the latest geospatial surveillance technology. For any company to operate in China, the company has to transfer all of its technology and intellectual properties to a Chinese company as a condition for doing business.
This practice was supposed to be outlawed as a conditional requirement upon China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). This provision has never been enforced by the WTO or subsequent Democratic and Republican administrations.
The partnership by Kelly’s company, “World View” allows the Chinese government to conduct and use this geospatial surveillance technology on its own people, and incorporate this into the Chinese military infrastructure which uses this technology against the United States.
Kelly celebrated this by riding his motorcycle around China flying a Chinese flag further legitimizing the totalitarian state that is present day China. If a famous American astronaut feels this comfortable waving a Chinese flag, would he if elected to the U.S. Senate be willing to place restrictive tariffs on China for stealing American intellectual properties?
Even Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein who is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence described China as a “respectable nation”, and was opposed to U.S. citizens taking legal action against China for its complicity in the global spread of the coronavirus which has led to the deaths of over 210,000 in the United States, and close to 2 million worldwide.
Feinstein even stated before a Senate Judiciary Committee stated, “Where I live, we hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst other nations.”
How can she conclude that China is a respectable nation when they contributed to the deaths of over 210,000 American’s? What about China’s treatment of the pro-Democracy movement in Hong Kong? What about China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. Close to 1.5 million are kept in re-educations camps. Does she understand that communist China for decades has been stealing intellectual properties from American companies?
Feinstein’s statement that China is growing into a respectable nation, also fails to account how Beijing has treated one of our most important ally; look how China treated Australia one of our closest allies. This was perpetrated because Canberra dares to challenge communist China’s nefarious actions.
Could Feinstein’s warm response toward communist China have anything to do with her billionaire husband Richard Blum’s decade’s long business dealings and holdings in communist China?
It is also noted that Feinstein had a Chinese spy on her staff for twenty years, and served as a “office director” and driver while she was in San Francisco, who then reported to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate.
Why has the media been silent on this?
This lacks attitude toward communist China is not only confined to Democrats, but we have former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner who recently joined a lobbying firm that includes the Chinese Embassy.
Unfortunately, the Washington political establishment of both parties and the nation’s national security community seem to live in a world of illusions, believing their academic credentials give them the requisite knowledge in understanding communist China.
The unfortunate aspect, the academic, political, and national security communities have been completely wrong on their approach toward communist China and have been ever since President Nixon opened the door with Beijing.
This quote uttered by the famous Chinese General Sun Tzu was true then and is true today, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
For the close to fifty years the academic, political and national security communities have been trapped in an illusion that if we engage with communist China, they would join the liberal world order. Communist China has no intention of being a participant in the liberal world order; they seek to dominate the world with everything going through the middle kingdom.
The late Deng Xiaoping, who began the economic revitalization of China after the death of longtime communist dictator Mao Zedong uttered his famous motto; “hide your strength and bide your time.” This is exactly what China has done and is doing; all acquiesce by both Republicans and Democrats in both the Congress and the executive branch.
Has Joe Biden or Kamala been asked what there China policy would be? During the vice presidential debate Kamala Harris called Trump’s China policy a disaster; the moderator never asked Harris how a Biden-Harris administration would be different.
Speaking before the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, U.S. Attorney General William Barr stated, “The General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, who has centralized power to a degree not seen since the dictatorship of Mao Zedong, now speaks openly of China moving closer to the center stage, building a socialism that is superior to capitalism, and replacing the American dream with the Chinese solution. China is no longer hiding it strength nor biding its time. From the perspective of its communist rulers, China’s time has arrived.”
The political and national security community consistently believed everything Beijing stated, but in reality China had no intention of integrating with the west. China’s entire approach was to dominate the world and then dictate to the world in which the rules would be set benefiting Beijing.
Nadia Schadlow wrote, “The End of American Illusion” in “Foreign Affairs” that The Chinese Communist Party never intended to play by the West’s rules; it was determined to control markets rather than open them, and it did so by keeping its exchange rate artificially low, providing unfair advantages to state-owned enterprises, and erecting regulatory barriers against non-Chinese companies.
Does Washington fully understand the threat posed by communist China? Back in 2015, Beijing issued its national strategic plan, called “China 2025” where they plan on dominating all aspects of manufacturing and technology.
We are now weeks from the U.S. national presidential elections, and so far little if any questions have been asked of Joe Biden or Kamala Harris what there polices would be toward communist China. We have heard that Trump’s policies have failed, but nothing how they would be doing it different.
Joe Biden has supported every initiative, agreement and trade deal with China since he was elected to the senate in 1972, now he wants to bring the jobs back from overseas. Why should we believe him now when he was responsible for sending them to China in the first place.
For decades China has been trying to gain the upper hand with the United States by stealing America’s intellectual properties from the nation’s top companies and universities.
American companies will do anything to gain access to the Chinese market; as Barr mentions that “Over the years, corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Apple have shown themselves all too willing to collaborate with the CCP. For example, Apple recently removed the news app Quartz from its app store in China, after the Chinese government complained about the coverage of the Hong Kong democracy protests. Apple also removed apps for virtual private networks, which had allowed users to circumvent the Great Firewall, and eliminated pro-democracy songs from its Chinese music store. Meanwhile, the company announced that it would be transferring some of its iCloud data to servers in China, despite concerns that the move would give the Communist Party easier access to e-mails, text messages, and other user information stored in the iCloud.”
Corporate America seems to do China’s bidding and selling America out for its own corporate gain. Do American companies see themselves as American or international? Even billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates sings China’s praises on the way it handled and contained the spread of the coronavirus. Is he kidding!
Hoover institute Military Historian Victor David Hanson commented how “Universities cashed in too, both by setting up lucrative satellite campuses in China and admitting tens of thousands of Chinese citizens. These Chinese students paid full tuition (and sometimes premiums and surcharges), turning once cash-strapped campuses into profitable degree mills.”
Hanson continued, “Most college deans and presidents simply ignored the dreadful human rights record of China, not to mention occasional expatriate espionage rings designed to steal engineering and high-tech research.”
Barr even mentions that The Chinese Communist Party also seeks to infiltrate, censor, or co-opt American academic and research institutions. For example, dozens of American universities host Chinese government-funded “Confucius Institutes,” which have been accused of pressuring host universities to silence discussion or cancel events on topics considered controversial by Beijing. Universities must stand up for each other; refuse to let the CCP dictate research efforts or suppress diverse voices; support colleagues and students who wish to speak their minds; and consider whether any sacrifice of academic integrity or freedom is worth the price of appeasing the CCP’s demands.
Just this year it was alleged that Nike, Adidas, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and 83 multinationals have been linked to forced labor by Uighurs all through China. Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan was filmed in Xinjiang, the site of the abuse of millions of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Millions are kept in brutal concentration camps; Disney made billions, while millions died. Little outrage, because why upset the communist Chinese and lose billions the bottom line.
As Attorney General Barr states, “Take Hollywood. Hollywood’s actors, producers, and directors pride themselves on celebrating freedom and the human spirit. And every year at the Academy Awards, Americans are lectured about how this country falls short of Hollywood’s ideals of social justice. But Hollywood now regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party, the world’s most powerful violator of human rights. This censorship infects not only versions of movies that are released in China, but also many that are shown in American theaters to American audiences.”
Hollywood then lectures America about its moral shortcomings but says nothing about communist China’s human rights abuses in Hong Kong, in mainland China and the millions of Uighurs languishing in Chinese concentration camps.
Where is the outrage from Democrats, American professional athletes, and social justice warriors? Many professional athletes make millions off the backs of these people from their clothing, shoe line, all the while chastising the United States. Even former professional football player Colin Kaepernick who is the face of Nike, has eerily been silent on this, but he makes millions from Nike.
So quick to condemn America for its lack of social justice but say nothing about the massive abuse of human rights by communist China.
Even Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who served in both the Bush and Obama administration stated in his recent book, “Exercise of Power,” stated that “American political leaders across the spectrum, as well as businesspeople and the intelligentsia believed that long contest would go our way in China, based not on evidence or observation but rather on the assumption that a richer China would be freer, more open China. Maybe that will one day, but not anytime soon.”
The United States should remember this famous quote uttered by the famous Chinese General Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
China has a world domination strategy. Trump continues to challenge China’s strategy, how would President Biden and the Democrats be different? Will they confront China?