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Lifting China Arms Embargo Would Endanger Free World

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 09:06 AM

By Lev Navrozov

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At present, there are two kinds of countries: the free countries, in which many of us live; and those dominated by a dictator. The latter has existed as long as our knowledge of history extends.

A country owned and ruled by one chief relies on his aides helping him to rule. Such societies exist today as well, and Stalin’s Russia, in which I lived until 1971, is a good example. Stalin made overtures to show that Stalin’s country had elected him; that is, to show the world that Russia was “freer” and more “democratic” than say Great Britain. All the while Stalin embarked on grand schemes.

There was one handicap for Stalin’s conquest of the world. While Britain had developed science and technology owing to free enterprise, Russia was a “backward country” even in 1953, the year Stalin died. According to Marx, the world was to belong to someone like Stalin, but the Russian technological backwardness was an obstacle.

Communist China will not repeat Stalin’s mistake. “The People’s Republic of China” (PRC), the brainchild of the Marxist Mao, with its 1.34 billion people, has been industrializing the country and modernizing its multimillion man army. And for the last 40 years, those scientifically and technologically advanced countries have been keeping their technology from getting into the hands of absolutist China. Up until now.

According to a Jan.18, 2011 Heritage Foundation WebMemo on China, the “EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton is pushing for the lifting of the EU’s 1989-imposed arms embargo on China . . . Lady Ashton is reported to be working closely with France and Spain to take the issue forward this year, describing the embargo as 'a major impediment' to intensifying relations between Brussels and Beijing.”

And further: “During his visit to Europe, Vice-Premier Li announced that he would purchase $7.78 billion of Spanish debt amidst Madrid’s worsening financial crisis. China has also purchased over $1 billion in Portuguese debt . . . Beijing sees these purchases as political and diplomatic investments. Beijing certainly has further financial reserves to draw on, as well as more false promises regarding greater access to Chinese markets . . . If EU member states are being bought [by communist China], it is because they want to be bought [by communist China].”

Unanimous support is required to lift the arms ban. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague said that they had no plans to lift the arms embargo to China.

Britain must make clear that it will use Britain’s veto power to block a Franco-Spanish-backed initiative to lift the embargo led by Baroness Ashton, who is fully committed to destroying democracy.

Her hubris in steering EU foreign policy to support totalitarian regimes is utterly treacherous to democracies. She wants (and has all the power and means) to develop a market for EU military technology and hardware in China.

According to Daniel Hannan of The Telegraph, if Europe gives China access to military technology, it may well drive a wedge between European and non-European NATO members, which could lead to NATO dissolution, the modern world’s most successful defensive alliance, something Lady Ashton is desperately trying to destroy. 

Says Hannan, a conservative member of parliament who started Britain’s first tea party: “Obama verbalizes his ideology using the same vocabulary that Eurocrats do . . . what these phrases amount to are higher taxes, less patriotism, a bigger role for state bureaucracies, and a transfer of sovereignty to global institutions . . . European health care, European welfare, European carbon taxes, European day care, European college education, even a European foreign policy, based on engagement with supranational technocracies, nuclear disarmament and a reluctance to deploy forces overseas . . . No previous president has offered such uncritical support for European integration.”

According to Common American Journal, “Only now, as the U.S. applies a European-style economic strategy based on fiscal stimulus, nationalization, bailouts . . . and the regulation of private-sector remuneration, has the rate of unemployment in the U.S. leaped to European levels.”

In his book “A European’s Warning to America,” Hannan says: “You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we are well placed to weather the storm, I have to tell you, you sound like a Brezhnev-era apparatchik giving the party line. You know, and we know, and you know that we know that it’s nonsense.”

Lev Navrozov can be reached at levnavrozov@gmail.com



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