China is in the midst of what appears to be an inexorable push toward world economic domination. They have well-laid plans that have been followed for years. The Chinese Communist leadership have skin in the game, with Chinese President Xi Jinping placing his own credibility on the line by personally backing “Made in China 2025.” The goal of this plan is that, “by 2025, China aims to achieve 70 percent self-sufficiency in high-tech industries, and by 2049—the hundredth anniversary of the People’s Republic of China—it seeks a dominant position in global markets.”
Another interlinked Chinese plan for economic domination is the “Belt Road Initiative (BRI)”, also known as One Belt One Road (OBOR). Under this initiative, China seeks to develop an integrated economic market consisting of “all Eurasian nations.” Integral to the network is development of a series of land corridors to facilitate overland trade, including the China–Central Asia–West Asia Corridor running from West China to Turkey. The strategy involves China underwriting billions of dollars of infrastructure investment loans in countries along the old Silk Road linking it with Europe. The ancient Silk Road was the East-West commercial route that introduced silk and spices to the West beginning in the 13th century. The goal is exporting Chinese infrastructure capacity in order to develop new markets for Chinese goods. The strategy involves using “debt traps” in which countries that default on Chinese infrastructure loans are forced into long-term leases of their ports and internal transportation networks to China for pennies on the dollar “until the loans are repaid.” Read more about the BRI/OBOR here.
The maritime element of the BRI/OBOR is called the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR).”
China unveiled the concept for the Twenty-First Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) in 2013 as a development strategy to boost infrastructure connectivity throughout Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Indian Ocean, and East Africa. The MSR is the maritime complement to the Silk Road Economic Belt, which focuses on infrastructure development across Central Asia. Together these initiatives form the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative designed to enhance China’s influence across Asia.
Did you know that China is the largest creditor in Latin American? And then there is Chinese investment in Africa: “Between 2000 and 2014, the stock of Chinese investment in Africa went from 2 per cent of US levels to 55 per cent. McKinsey estimates that, at the current breakneck pace, China will surpass US levels within a decade.”
As you can see, the Chinese plan is extensive and worldwide – and well-publicized! There are dozens of articles about it at Xinhua (the government-owned Chinese news service), in the South China Morning Post, and in the foreign press around the world. But let’s not forget that Sun Tzu was Chinese! Sun Tzu believed in multi-prong attacks on enemies: probe, retreat, probe, hit the enemy’s weak spots, etc. Could there be more at play in the overall Chinese plan than merely overt acts aimed at economic domination? What else might be ongoing behind the scenes?
I am convinced their overarching plan involves many prongs: extensive theft of Western technology, exploiting cheap Chinese labor to capture Western and multi-national manufacturing industries, military build-up, the lure of the “huge Chinese market” to exploit “capitalist greed,” extensive use of economic and military spies (technology, intellectual property, military secrets), access to Western universities to train next-generation Chinese engineers and scientists (through the Confucius Institute), use of “Chinese-American friendship organizations” to mask Chinese intentions, use of influence agents in US cultural institutions (media, academia, and Hollywood) to serve ChiCom interests, and – perhaps most important – exploitation of corrupt US politicians to push policies favorable to Chinese interests, as well as to gain direct access to the US political class and its collective decision-making processes in order to directly influence issues related to China. The latter involves using bribery to influence and control US politicians in ways that facilitate obtaining US intellectual property, advanced technologies, and access to US markets. We will get into that shortly (the main purpose of this article), but first a brief historical survey of US-China relations and events over the years. The history is long and complicated, but current tensions make sense when that history is considered.
The US began trading with “Old China” in the 18th century just after the American Revolution, but diplomatic relations were not established until the Treaty of Wangxia was signed in 1844. Large numbers of Chinese emigrated to the US during the California Gold Rush and to work on the transcontinental railroad (remember that excellent AMC series, “Hell on Wheels”?). Racial animosity and competition for unskilled jobs led to passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act 1882 which effectively ended Chinese immigration for 60 years. This is perhaps when Chinese resentment of Americans first became widespread among the political elites in mainland China.
Europeans and the US tried to industrialize and exploit China at the end of the 19th century as part of China’s “Open Door Policy” to develop their country. Chinese resentment of the foreign presence led to the Boxer Rebellion in 1899. (Remember the excellent movie, “55 Days at Peking” starring Charlton Heston?) After the Boxers were defeated, China was forced to indemnify the victorious Westerners including the US, as well as Imperial Japan, further adding to Chinese resentment of the foreign presence in their country. Japanese aggression led to a series of Sino-Japanese wars prior to WW-II. The US sided with China and placed diplomatic pressure on the Japanese which had no real effect on continuing Japanese atrocities, including the “Rape of Nanking” in 1937.
After Pearl Harbor, the US provided massive material support to China throughout WW-II. A main supply line was via air over the Himalayas from India to China in support of Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang-led Chinese Republic. Perhaps a relative of yours (or someone you knew) was a member of the American volunteers, the Flying Tigers, who flew supplies into China? Refer to this website for more information on the Flying Tigers.
American relations were initiated with Mao’s Chinese Communist group in 1943, and the Kuomintang and ChiComs maintained an uneasy peace while dealing with the Japanese invaders until civil war broke out between the two groups after the war in late 1945. America supported the corrupt Kuomintang (the “Nationalists”) during the Chinese civil war. Gen George Marshall (recall the Marshall Plan in Europe) failed to broker a truce between the two sides, and eventually the Nationalists fled to Taiwan (where they had previously accepted Japan’s surrender in 1945 and had an established presence) after the more disciplined and effective ChiCom troops defeated Chiang’s Kuomintang forces on the mainland. And Marshall’s “Marshall Plan for China” failed, which precipitated the defeat of the Nationalists as described here.
As a side note, a Soviet spy who was Truman’s assistant secretary of the treasury (Harry Dexter White) facilitated the ChiCom victory by blocking US loans and a transfer of $20 million in gold bullion to the Kuomintang at the height of the Chinese civil war. Another turning point in history!
And so began the ChiCom era in China under the tyrant Mao Zedong. US-China relations were effectively frozen between China and the US between 1949 and 1971, with an actual hot war being fought between the two countries in Korea in the early 1950s. The Chinese crossed the Yalu River into North Korea in November 1950 to “save” their North Korean client state and fought the US-led UN coalition to a standstill until the Armistice was signed at Panmunjom in 1953. [I’ve actually visited the building where it was signed, which was also where President Trump crossed over into North Korea to meet DPRK President Kim Jong-Un back in late June – it is virtually unchanged since the day the Armistice was signed!]
I would argue that the Chinese plan for world domination began in earnest after the Korean War. The Chinese if nothing else retain grudges and long-term animosity for their perceived enemies. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, as that is an element of human nature. But there is nothing in Chinese history and culture similar to the ideology of “turning the other cheek” as is found in Western civilization, so perhaps long-term Chinese intentions are more hostile and focused than the “fickle” West/US. We don’t hold grudges for defeated enemies. Ask the Germans and Japanese about that – and even the Vietnamese of late!
I believe that the ChiComs focused on the US as their “Main Enemy” from the Korean War onward. Mao executed (a double entendre) a series of pogroms and social campaigns intended to consolidate ChiCom power on the mainland (e.g., The “Great Leap Forward” in 1958-62 and the “Cultural Revolution” in 1966-69). The economic reforms failed, but ChiCom total control was extended throughout the land, giving the ChiCom Central Committee respite to devise their plan to replace the US as the world’s sole superpower in every sense.
During the Vietnam War, the ChiCom plan began the use of proxies to diminish the US, including the North Vietnamese, North Korea, and the UN and “Non-Aligned Movement.” The Chinese gave material aid to North Vietnam and North Korea and exerted diplomatic pressure via the UN and the Non-Aligned Movement (the latter were pressured by Chinese “foreign aid contributions”). Mao allowed Nixon and Kissinger to “open China” through negotiations and ultimately a state visit by Nixon at the height of the Vietnam War in 1972. This began the first Chinese manipulation of the US political class which continues to this very day.
After Mao assumed room temperature in 1976, the US and UN (backed by multilateral corporations) accelerated the push to open and modernize China, eventually even bringing the country into World Trade Organization in December 2001 (hold that thought of Bill Clinton’s role in making that happen!). Modernizing China included implementation of “free trade” policies and the off-shoring of US manufacturing facilities to mainland China. You didn’t think the US “Rust Belt” just happened, did you? It was purposeful!
As I mentioned, Chinese political manipulation of US politicians began with Nixon and Kissinger. In their case, the leverage was giving them diplomatic prestige for spearheading the rapprochement with China. The Chinese were to learn in coming years that much more effective leverage could be used to achieve their ends in the US: money!
An October 1996 classified “Sense of the Intelligence Community” memorandum was produced that examined Chinese influence in US elections at the time. (A “Sense of the IC” document is sort of a National Intelligence Estimate, but nevertheless very powerful consensus.) I don’t recall the exact title, but the contents were breath-taking. China’s government had reportedly set aside something like $100 million to pay for direct and indirect influence in the 1996 Presidential and Congressional elections. In the executive summary, the document stated that the trail of corruption “leads to the highest levels of the US government.” The US intelligence community is by law restricted to collecting foreign intel and counter-intel, so they could not call out and identify US citizens such as corrupt politicians. But consider that statement in conjunction with what kind of crooks (e.g., Chinese international arms merchants and Chinese-American “bundlers” for Democrat candidates) were getting to sleep in the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom in exchange for big contributions to Bill Clinton’s re-election coffers! How much do you suppose that $100M bought, and where did all the money go?
The Chinese (and other foreign) interest was in both parties, but they all definitely seemed to go with the Democrats as likely winners. Some of the money also would go via cut-outs to the campaigns of chairmen of key committees in Congress that affected US policies with China. Remember how much key technology was exported to China in the period 1992-2000? For obvious Deep State political reasons, nobody seems to have leaked that document to the media, despite its jaw-dropping significance from days past (not that anyone in the legacy media would have released it!). Let’s look at what we do know from the public record.
Without any question, the Chinese own the Clintons! There were all kinds of Chinese cash donations to them in the 1990s. Start with the Chinagate: “The scandal was an apparent scheme by the Clinton administration to sell seats on taxpayer-funded trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign.” Details are here. More details on Chinese meddling ($$) in the 1996 election through campaign finance “irregularities” on behalf of Bill Clinton can be found here.
Still don’t believe China owns the Clintons? Fast forward to their opening of an “independent Chinese foundation” in 2014 – and the receipt of $750K for speeches from a “Chinese business group and an entity controlled by the Chinese government”. And then there are the details provided by Peter Schweizer in his seminal book, “Clinton Cash.” Are the Clintons grifters or merely using money to gain political power? What difference, at this point, does it make given all their many crimes over the years?
What did the Chinese get from their purchasing of the Clintons? Let’s start with the “strategic partnership” which set the tone for various transfers to China. What else did the Chinese get for their money? Why, manufacturing jobs, of course! And advanced missile technology transfers. Keep in mind that the following source document is an unclassified report; imagine what’s in a parallel classified document! And then there’s that satellite launch waiver. Don’t forget that the Chinese went from virtually no space capability to near-parity with the US in a single generation! Those actions by Clinton started the avalanche of tech transfer to China, with a 2018 report that the US could be losing its military tech edge to China within two years.
The signs and concerns were everywhere, including even in the US media. However, knowing what we know about the biases of the legacy media these days, is it any surprise that those concerns were downplayed and obfuscated? Ask yourself a simple question: did the Chinese actually “hack” Hillary’s Blackberry, or was her unclassified and unsecure Blackberry set up in such a way as to easily enable Chinese access to not only her Blackberry but also to her unclassified email server with further connections to the DNC servers? Occam’s razor points to the latter probability, as many other commentators have pointed out.
But there is more to the Chinese purchase of US politicians, as we have learned in recent years. Do you think that Richard Blum’s China business since the 1990s is all on the up-and-up? Hint: his wife is Senator Dianne Feinstein (ranking member of the corrupt Senate Intelligence Committee!). Oh, and we’ve been hearing about her long-time driver/aide/office manager who was a Chinese spy for 30 years! Or was he her handler?
And then there are Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz (John Kerry’s step-son) who inked a deal through the Bank of China for a billion-dollar joint investment venture in 2013. The Chinese couldn’t possibly have been buying political influence, could they?
If the Chinese had only bought influence with Democrats, then there would have been a lot of Republican squawking about the shady deals (there are US corruption laws on the books, after all). But the Chinese are equal opportunity corruptors and have pocketed key Republicans, too.
Take Republican power couple Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao. The connections to the Chinese government are wide and deep. No wonder ol’ Mitch doesn’t talk much about the “Chinese threat” despite the fact that he’s the Senate Majority Leader!
How about former Republican congressman Justin Amash, who recently and very publicly called for President Trump’s impeachment? It turns out that he and his family “reported between $100,001 and $1,000,000 in income from a company called Michigan Industrial Tools, which in turn is owned by Dynamic Source International, based in China.” Was his action calling for impeachment a coincidence, or did the ChiComs call in one of their markers? Remember, there are NO coincidences in politics!
No wonder the political class is against President Trump ‘s tariff pressure on China, not to mention his renegotiation of NAFTA, which closes the automobile loophole that greatly aids Chinese penetration of the US auto market! No wonder the political class doesn’t seem to be concerned that China is turning the South China Sea into a veritable Chinese lake, including placing armament on the disputed Spratly Islands!
The political class has long been co-opted by the Chinese. Distrust them completely when they undermine President Trump‘s tariff and other policies aimed at pushing back on the Chinese plans for world domination! Thank God he has long been aware of the Chinese threat to American economic and national security interests and well understands the use of economic leverage to thwart Xi’s grand plans! Examine the financial connections to China of your senators and representatives. Make sure you vote for people who haven’t already been bought and paid for by the Chinese. And discount the media propagandists who literally defend Chinese interests on various cable news broadcasts and in print media! Either do these things, or start brushing up on your Mandarin!