Ex-CIA Analyst Ruth: China's Growing Economy Sparks Green Fears

Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:00 PM

By Courtney Coren

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If the Chinese economy really is growing as reported, China will find itself under a lot more pressure by the international community to comply with environmental regulations, says Lisa Ruth, former CIA analyst and Lignet analyst.

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that China's economy is expected to surpass the U.S. economy in 2014, much sooner than other predictions that said China's economy would not pass the U.S. economy until 2019.

"If their economy is that strong the international community is going to come down on them a lot harder, they have to be a little more fair, a little more transparent, and you're going to find that they don't want to do that," Ruth told J.D. Hayworth and Jeff Yastine on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

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The air pollution produced by China's poor fuel standards and environmental policies ignored by government owned oil and power companies is so bad that it was reported in April 2013 that the toxic air in China caused 1.2 million premature deaths in 2010.

According to Ruth, "economically the [Chinese] are doing pretty well even though I do believe the policies are unsustainable over a long term."

A growing Chinese economy will without question have an affect on national security issues, she argued.

"There's an aggressive expansion, and they're really not afraid of making people mad," the Lignet analyst explained. "If you look at it in terms of Japan, for example, they are absolutely being more aggressive."

They are also aggressively targeting the Pentagon via cyber warfare, in addition to "going after our banks, they're going after our journalists, they're going after every target you can and we're seeing more and more vulnerabilities on our side."

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