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Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy a Threat to the International Order

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Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy
By Bill Gertz
Encounter Books, New York, 2019, 256 pp.

In the new post-Brexit world, China is trying to engage Russia and other countries to form a coalition to reach global supremacy for itself.

So Bill Gertz's pre-Wuhan Virus book, "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy," is a timely and much-needed geopolitical analysis. China is rising economically and militarily and is making Southeast Asia nervous. China is also threatening the United States and the current international order.

The threat is similar to the old Communist threat, but with a Chinese twist.

Over the last several decades, China has achieved tremendous economic development and has raised the standard of living of many of its citizens.

This is an admirable feat. Yet, this achievement seems to be a by-product of Beijing's efforts to reach global supremacy and to undermine the United States rather than a simple economic goal.

Impressed by China's economic achievements, I asked myself: Why does Beijing not discard the old Communist legacy of Mao Zedong? Such a move would put the world at ease.

The author gives us a blunt answer. At its core China is driven by the same old Maoist ideology. It is "Marxism-Leninism with Chinese characteristics!" And we should not forget that Mao and his zealous acolytes murdered more people than any other Communist country.

China is led by an 80 million-strong Communist Party whose chief purpose is to perpetuate its power. The Party is maintained by an army of activists organized in a strict hierarchy and ultimately is led by the Central Committee. At the very top, the Party is controlled by a Politburo Standing Committee of between seven and 11 members who are virtually infallible.

According to the author, the Standing Committee operates Mafia-style, its members being quasi-untouchable and exerting God-like powers. The supreme chief of the entire Party is now Xi Jinping, a man who has recently amassed total control over the Party, the military, and over the Chinese people.

This system is very good for those in power and there is no room for opposition. And the Western world does not know how to counter such a system.

To keep the people under control, Beijing uses traditional methods based on the secret police, militia and the military. At the same time, the regime emphasizes its "grandiose achievements" and instills nationalism and a feeling of national pride in the masses.

To maintain its grasp on power, Beijing is also using modern technology to monitor and control the population. For example, there are currently over 200 million surveillance cameras deployed around the country, and that number is likely to be 600 million very soon. The cameras will be connected to the new 5G technology that will have individual identifying capabilities.

Accordingly, Maoist China has surpassed the omnipresent control exercised in the past by the KGB in the former Soviet Union.

China has also introduced a system of individual social rewards paired with punishments that would make George Orwell envious.

But Beijing is also promoting a form of internationalism combined with a new version of nationalism as a better social goal than the current capitalist globalization. Armed with this ideology, China wages a multi-layered and invisible war against America and the West. The new war is incredibly complex.

What does China want?

Beijing leaders claim that they want to reclaim China's traditional position in the world. To achieve this, China needs to displace and replace America as the world's strongest power.

Put another way, the United States is the sworn enemy, and the Sino-American confrontation is the final step toward remaking China, "The Middle Kingdom," the center of the universe — and achieving Mao's dream.

With the Chinese people under control, Beijing is already focusing on the main geopolitical aims of the regime: military expansion into the South China Sea; preparations to take over Taiwan; and ultimately, the readiness to defeat America. A recent book written by two Chinese intelligence colonels, entitled "Unrestricted Warfare," claims that "the first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are no rules, with nothing forbidden" (p. 147). For the People's Republic of China, America is the "imperialist enemy" that must be defeated "by all means necessary" (p.196).

Strategically, Beijing is trying to build an alliance around China that will include Russia, Iran, Turkey, North Korea and other countries that reject America's supremacy and the process of globalization.

Economically, China has already replaced the West in many developing countries.

And militarily, Beijing has already built a number of bases around Southeast Asia.

Washington and the world should take notice.

American Policy

China's rise to prominence has triggered two different reactions in the United States: appeasement among liberal circles and apprehension among conservatives.

Gertz stresses that the failure to confront China is a failure of Washington's leadership and of the analysts who for various reasons downplay Beijing's aggressive behavior and continue to "see China through Beijing glasses." He also accuses those who put their personal interests before the interests of the country.

He also singles out a number of high-profile individuals who lobby for China, such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Such people have much to gain financially from dealings with Beijing.

Gertz criticizes the businessmen who put their personal profits ahead of national ones, underscoring their view of China as "a mecca of emerging markets … with the potential for seemingly unlimited profits."

Politically, Gertz blames the previous administration and writes: "Under President [Barack] Obama, appeasement of America's adversaries was considered the most important American foreign policy priority" (p. 34).

As a result, the author places his hopes for a new approach to China on President Donald Trump. In his opinion, applying higher tariffs to Chinese goods is a welcome beginning because Beijing's economic power feeds the military and threatens America.

Yet, who is to blame for such policy?

Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who fled into exile in 2016 knows the Communist system well. He believes America is losing the battle with China because Western culture is based on Christianity —  meaning "mutual trust and moral values" — while Communist China is built on a false utopia.

"Communists are professional liars," Guo claims. "Western culture is built on the morality of right and wrong. By contrast, the Communist system turns truth and lies into exactly the same thing" (p. 11).

Difficult Data; Easy Reading

Despite being full of a technical terminology little known outside specialized circles, Gertz's book is a treasure trove of data that is scary for the average reader and reads like a thriller. Behind the facade of economic development and apparent generosity, the Chinese military is being built up. With a smile of benevolence on their faces, the Chinese leaders are conquering the world and the West is sleeping, the author concludes.

Much of Gertz's study is dedicated to the efforts to control outer space, to satellite capabilities, cyberspace espionage, and to "star war" applications. The details are overwhelming, and the reader realizes how dangerous the current global competition is. A future military confrontation between the United States and China will be "determined by who is first to develop the most sophisticated artificial intelligence-infused unmanned capabilities" (p.184). Space will be the main battleground of the future and China is developing very fast.

The Chinese have pretty much closed the gap in this domain through spying, stealing, buying of American companies and reverse engineering. Will reason and common sense prevail, or are we destined to collide?

August 25, 2020.

Nicholas Dima, Ph.D., is a former professor and author of numerous books and articles including the autobiographical memoir "Journey to Freedom," a description of the effects of communist dictatorship on a nation, a family and an individual. He currently lectures.

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