Confronting the Chinese Communist Party Is America’s Generational Challenge

Adriana Cohen is off this week. The following column is by Josh Hammer.

Americans, with good reason, are increasingly turning against the Chinese Communist Party. New polling from POLITICO/Morning Consult shows that the percentage of Americans who say China is an “enemy” has risen 11 percentage points since January. According to an Economist/YouGov poll, more Americans would support than oppose the U.S. punishing China for its disastrous early-stage coronavirus mishandling and systemic disinformation campaign.

As this column has noted, the CCP bears unique and unequivocal blame for the global reach of the coronavirus pandemic. A frequented cited University of Southampton study concluded that proper early-stage Chinese government intervention might have reduced the virus’ spread by as much as 95%. Not only was the CCP utterly reckless, but also it suppressed truth-telling dissident scientists, lied at every opportunity to a gullible international community, shipped counterfeit medical equipment overseas, and commandeered the World Health Organization as a CCP propaganda-infused satrapy.

It is difficult, bordering on impossible, to exaggerate the nature of the threat posed to America this century by the Chinese Communist Party. The People’s Republic of China is not a tiny rogue despotism, a la North Korea or Cuba. Rather, China is the third-largest country by landmass and the second-largest country by gross domestic product in the world. And China acts like it, seeking to create a new global order by forcibly exporting its thuggish political system of one-party rule, Orwellian surveillance state, mass censorship, persecution of religious minorities, currency manipulation, intellectual property theft and cynical allying with the world’s worst geopolitical actors.

Beijing harbors hegemonic regional ambitions, seeking to more fully wrest away liberalized Hong Kong, to diplomatically isolate the Republic of China (what the international community calls Taiwan) and to dominate the East and South China Seas against rivals like Japan and Vietnam. The CCP vaunts a cunning geopolitical strategy in the Middle East, seeking to economically entice Israel away from the U.S. and installing a naval base in the strategic Horn of Africa. Beijing possesses the means to cause cybersecurity chaos and potentially massively disrupt Western democratic elections. The CCP engages in harrowing surveillance and information operations campaigns against the West via everything from telecom conglomerate Huawei to the Confucius Institute groups that populate the American university campus. The ChiComs also buy off many influential ex-American politicians, as evidenced by the rather curious recent tale of former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

The reality, as freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said in a Senate floor speech this week, is that the CCP wants nothing less than “domination” and “world power” — at America’s unique expense. Confronting the CCP thus amounts to the rising generation’s great challenge. It is, and will continue to be, the defining issue of our time. For our parents’ generation, it was the Soviet Union; for our generation, it is Communist China.

Interestingly, the solidification of the CCP as the West’s greatest geopolitical danger comes at a time where the global neoliberal order, including the post-World War II fetishization for sovereignty-sapping transnational tribunals at the expense of nation-state integrity, is under (justifiable) assault. The Chinese threat will thus not be countered by feckless bureaucrats at the United Nations or NATO, but by independent nations who can align, for their own idiosyncratic national reasons, against CCP tyranny. It is imperative that the United States help lead this effort. For President Donald Trump, in particular, who has so boldly placed neoliberal and transnational elites in his political crosshairs, there is a clear opportunity to begin to rally like-minded nations under the anti-CCP banner. Nothing less than a concerted, full-spectrum effort — targeted sanctions, tariffs and strategic supply chain reshoring as well as hard military asset deployment and undermining globalist institutions like the WHO — will suffice.

The United States, under the hard-nosed leadership of President Ronald Reagan, ultimately prevailed in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. But contra proponents of Whig historiography, history is never inevitably guaranteed to repeat itself. As we, hopefully, approach the waning period of coronavirus lockdowns, America must quickly and decisively pivot like never before toward developing a full-fledged grand strategy to counter the Chinese Communist Party. Like Cold War-era opposition to the Soviets, this cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are far too high. History will not judge America kindly if she cannot rise up to counter the CCP challenge.

To find out more about Josh Hammer and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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12 Responses

  1. Well, aas seen, we cant count on the LEFTIST Donkey party, they are pro china instead of pro AMERICA their country! Unbelievable! I bet other countries will join in the Anti Chinese CCP for all the deaths of innocents they created. Hong Kongers are anti CCP , how is it that our own people , the hollywood low iq crowd and the lower iq journos in the MSM are pro chinese.?They are SICK!

    1. But one must know what makes them sick , could it not be wealth or money , and when those types of people can not get their evil hands on it they become siick people .

  2. Thank you. Your artical was insightful and also gave me hope for a better future for my children and grandchildren. This Covid 19 crisis may have a silver lining if it wakes up the US and other countries to the evil of communism and particularly China.

  3. Fine article and to the point. I personally been anti china for 75 years im 80. I keep saying we need nothing china has and we need not send them what we have. Why are we still educating their young adults. Why can’t our government see the truth. Anything china made or has can be done in another country mor friendly to us.

  4. A country can never be great as long as it is a cruel, oppressive dictatorship, especially with regard to smaller, weaker neighbors. Regarding Communist, or Red China, this tragic tally includes Tibet(unjustly invaded and occupied by Communist China since 1950), Hong Kong(a former British colony that became and was an autonomous region for years but was racked by anti-Communist protests last year, some violent, and is now in danger of losing its freedom to Communist Chinese tyranny), and Taiwan(an independent country Communist China longs to swallow up). The fact is that most of the people in these regions want no part of Communism, and rightfully so. Despite claims by Communist China that Tibet is an autonomous region, the cold, hard fact is that the cruel Communist Chinese regime has brutally persecuted the Tibetan people for decades. Although Hong Kong was ceded by Great Britain to Communist China in 1997, Hong Kongers had managed to keep their freedom but now Communist China is threatening to enslave them. Taiwan has long faced the threat of conquest by Communist China, and only the counterthreat of American and Allied military might has kept the monstrous Red Dragon at bay.
    The Chinese people deserve liberation from the savage, senseless yoke of Communist oppression. Tibet and Hong Kong deserve to be free and sovereign countries, and Taiwan deserves to keep its independence.

  5. You can’t trust a communist just like you can’t trust our communist democrats. I refuse to buy anything from China. President Trump you need to stop that crap from coming into our country

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