It has indulged in cyberattacks on the United States and is viciously stripping Hong Kong of freedom, independence and rule of law.
Claiming that the national security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong was a success Chinese officials have vowed to continue to remake the former British col
For beginners, China is a thief, the equivalent of someone stealing something more than $4,000 from every four-person household in America every year, a total of $500 billion. What gets swiped is our intellectual property, the discoveries and inventions of our exceptional technologists. China also cheats the United States and lots of the rest of the world, too, by ignoring trade agreements that put fairness above infamy. The director of the play, the Chinese Communist Party, a heartless, dictatorial, endlessly ambitious regime, does not stop with money. It is also genocidal, wiping out Muslims to make the population of 1.4 billion less diverse. It is bullying its neighbors with no regard for international law. It has indulged in cyberattacks on the United States and is viciously stripping Hong Kong of freedom, independence and rule of law. The island of Taiwan could be next. Once a cheerleader for President Donald Trump because he so often stood by the bold if tiny, democratic, economically thriving ally wanting to maintain its independence. A nuclear power, mainland China is just 110 miles across the Taiwan Strait. But wait. Fear of a timid Biden administration has disappeared. President Joe Biden wants a stronger Taiwan trade agreement, a significant signal that he also stands by these Chinese people despite mainland China forever signaling one way or the other that it is militarily ready to have things its way, no one else need apply. Here is a major question, namely whether we would help defend Taiwan if it is attacked. We have supplied it with weapons and there are those within our government who say we should definitely defend these people because, for one reason, our failure to do so would send a signal to other allies that they can’t count us. A simultaneous issue, however, is that our chances of winning would not be great. China pretty much wants everyone in the world under its command. If you don’t think so, think about what Chinese leader Xi Jinping said in a speech celebrating the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th birthday in Tiananmen Square recently. Nothing is going to get in the way of China’s superpower ascension, it was made clear, certainly not the United States. None of this is meant to say anything bad about the Chinese people, and the mention of Tiananmen Square cannot help but awaken memories of the thousands who, in 1989, sacrificed their lives for human rights. People tend to think the economy of China is communist, but, after the death of Mao, it slowly became a market economy boosted by smart executives and industrious workers. Despite exhaustive statist interventions, the system has been capitalist enough to take millions out of poverty and build China into the world’s second largest economy. A Taiwan war could be a horror, and who knows where it would lead. Biden has been on target in trying to get European allies to get tough on China just as China is getting friendlier with Russia. An excellent strategy nixed by Republicans and Democrats alike was President Barack Obama’s proposed trade deal with 11 countries that could have eased American dependence on China. Biden has kept Trump’s tariff in place and is encouraging China to leave our intellectual property alone. The efforts to slow down climate change are meaningless without China’s cooperation, and who knows all the games it will play on this front. The good news is that Biden is not putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge. Jay Ambrose is a syndicated columnist.
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Hong Kong, July 7 (ANI): Claiming that the national security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong was a success, Chinese officials have vowed to continue to remake the former British colony stating "there is still plenty of work to be done.""This is a long and arduous task, and there is still plenty of work to be done," Nikkei Asia quoting Chen Dong, vice director of Beijing's official representative office in the city, at a Hong Kong Department of Justice forum on the security law,"There needs to be a clear understanding as forces that are anti-Chinese and trying to sow trouble in Hong Kong have not completely given up," he added. Chen warned specifically about "lone wolf-type attacks" by radical elements, following an incident last week where a man stabbed a Hong Kong policeman then himself. Chen condemned what he called the "beautification" of such events by parties with ulterior motives, including foreign forces "rashly and wantonly interfering in Hong Kong's affairs."Neither Chen nor other Chinese officials hinted at what more may come. Hong Kong authorities on June 6 said they have arrested nine people, including six high school students, for allegedly plotting to bomb train stations court buildings and tunnels. The Hong Kong police said the terror plots were planned by advocates for the city's independence from China, CNN reported. The past month has seen Apple Daily, one of the city's top-selling newspapers, forced to close after the arrest of top managers and the freezing of its bank accounts based on alleged security law violations, as well as the launch of security law-based movie censorship, the disbanding of groups for pro-democracy lawyers and doctors and the detention of residents for "seditious stickers" and banners outside their homes. About 120 people have been arrested under the security law since it came into effect on June 30, 2020, instituting penalties of up to life imprisonment for separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Chow Hang Tung, a vice-chair for the non-profit Hong Kong Alliance, was also arrested on June 30 for inciting illegal assembly, which was scheduled to take place July 1. She was also arrested June 4 for the same charge, Voice of America reported quoting Richard Tsoi, the group's secretary-general. Zheng Yanxiong, director of the Office for Safeguarding National Security, an agency set up last year to implement the new law, linked the city's security situation with Chinese President Xi Jinping's long-term strategic agenda at Monday's forum. "Safeguarding national security in Hong Kong is precisely the bottom line that we absolutely cannot yield in the road to the great revival of the Chinese race," he said, Nikkei Asia further reported. He alleged Western governments have been seeking to "block the great revival of the Chinese race" and "inspire a Hong Kong version of colour revolution," referring to the popular uprisings that toppled several authoritarian regimes in the Middle East a decade ago. Speaking later at the forum, Hong Kong officials vowed to do their part. "We need to work hard to suppress local terrorists and to fundamentally remove any threats," said Chief Secretary John Lee, a former police officer who previously headed the city's Security Bureau. "We must think ahead and be preemptive to prevent any acts that endanger national security," he added, saying that last week's stabbing incident showed "risks to national security are lurking."Secretary of Security Chris Tang agreed that officials "must not lower our guard when it comes to protecting national security," warning of those who "continue to abuse the media, arts and cultural forces to spread their ideologies."He made no mention of specific further actions, but along with Lee, Tang, then police commissioner, helped lead last month's drive against Apple Daily. He, however, criticized those "using journalism to work with foreign forces to threaten national security." (ANI)