Sources told CNBC on Wednesday the announcement of a U.S. trade deal with China is “possible” by next Friday, apparently the result of a U.S. delegation’s meeting with Chinese negotiators in Beijing on Wednesday. The United States has the world’s largest economy, China is second, and we’ve been running into a lot of trouble with them because of it.
That makes this development very interesting.
The Chinese economy has experienced astonishing growth in the last few decades. In 1978 China discarded the dead principles of socialist personality cults and started a program of economic reforms. Back then it ranked ninth in the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) with USD 214 billion; 35 years later it jumped up to the second place with a nominal GDP of USD 9.2 trillion. According to Focus Economics, it is now worth $15 trillion to our $21.
Count on their trying to take first place.
The first thing that comes to mind is that we can’t trust either side. Our president is a moron. He made a fool of himself in Hanoi meeting with Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator. The Chinese will try and take advantage of him. And because Putin and Xi are such good pals, it wouldn’t surprise me if their bromance turned into a threesome.
Trump’s juvenile reaction to the discovery of Russian interference into our 2016 election has manifested in his refusing to fund or staff the new cyber-defense force our Congress authorized in 2017. This is a big problem. There are other countries also who are out there trying to hack into our stuff so they can ruin and steal it. And at least one of these is ten times more powerful an enemy than Russia-literally. That applies both to military prowess and to manpower, as well as money.
The people who run Millennial Democrats have figured out how much the Chinese hate us and want to do us harm, thanks to the experiences we’ve gained while running this website. We started out in foreign affairs because of the Russians, and certainly that nation’s computer criminals have tried to hack in here and take us down many times. But even though we’d never printed a word about them, or even thought about them very much, Chinese attacks have been incredible in their sheer frequency.
For every time the Russians have tried to hack in here, the Chinese have done so ten times, and we don’t know exactly why. Are they under contract for the Russians? Is it just that they hate what they call the “white left” that much? Or is it just that they’re out to eviscerate anyone who is pro-America?
The only sure thing is that they’re out there, lurking.
One attempt after another has been made recently by them to challenge us. Earlier today, ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty to conspiring to spy for China. He got paid $100,000, and got a promise from the Chinese government to be “Taken Care Of For Life”.
This week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that Russia works around the clock 365 days a year to undermine American democracy. But he also said that China posed the biggest threat to the United States when it came to economic espionage. Last year sonic attacks of a mysterious nature were used on our diplomats there in China. Both countries were suspected.
Last month, the Justice Department announced that a former engineer and Chinese businessman had been charged with economic espionage. They were caught conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric, in a scheme for which the Chinese government provided “financial and other support.”
Our current trade dispute with China is protectionist in nature. They keep ripping us off. Huawei’s entire router system was nothing but a blatant theft from Cisco. That incident among others led to a series of American tariffs being levied against China, and fears about potential economic damage due to fallout is obviously a concern for both countries.
Trump and Xi both have boasted of progress in the talks, but that’s what they do. It has yet to be seen if this is real or just another stalling device crafted from propaganda. What is certain is that disputes such as whether America will immediately remove existing tariffs or keep them in place as an enforcement measure to stop practices such as intellectual property theft have derailed a final deal.
Let’s be clear. We have spent a lot of time detailing the threat posed by Russia, here at Millennial Democrats. But barring any unforeseen disaster, and regardless of how much time they spend trying to bring one on-which, as FBI Director Christopher Wray recently said, is something they do 365 days a years-they will never truly be able to challenge the United States as a global power. Putin is a dictator but his country has no infrastructure, so his state’s autonomy remains highly limited.
For practical purposes, that means they can only do harm, not create anything.
China, however, has 1.43 billion people living within its borders, and total autonomy. They took the homes of millions of people away without compensation of any kind to build the Three Gorges Dam (which is a real hunk of junk, for all its size, it hardly even works). Last October they locked up a million Muslims, an entire race of people known as the Uighurs, without so much as a pretext.
Without warning, they built prison camps so vast out in the Gobi Desert that we first thought they were building some kind of new military device. They didn’t bother lying about it because they do not care what anyone else thinks. They’re so strong they can do whatever they want on their own turf, or so they think.
They are massing military force in the South China Sea, looking hungrily at our possessions there. They may well try for a pre-emptive strike, after which they would have autonomy in their entire region as well. Would they stop there?
Do would-be conquerors ever?
The Chinese are our only true global rival, and they’re working with the Russians against us. Russia and China have historically had rocky relations, but they will certainly work together to bring down the United States-led global order which has made everything possible for us all. Xi called Putin his “most dearest friend”; how ridiculous. It’s like watching a bad anime.
Going forward, we’re going to repay the Chinese favor of trying to hack in here all the time by raising awareness about what they are up to. They have become a predatory power, a foe not only of America but of freedom and democracy worldwide. That places them squarely on our radar. Look for them to stay there.