CHINA'S 9.11 TRAP FOR THE U.S.A.
By Tom Deweese
Prior to 9.11, China had sold more than 30 of its 180-mile-range M-11 ballistic missiles to Pakistan, along with the means to build solid-fuel 450-mile-range Shaheen I and 1,200-mile-range Shaheen II missiles. Also in that part of the world, China has sold Iran nuclear fuel reprocessing components and cruise missiles that could carry a small nuclear device. In both cases, this advanced weaponry poses an extreme threat throughout the entire Middle East.
Red China, however, saw an opportunity to "support" the U.S. war on terrorism in order to open the floodgates of further internal suppression of groups seeking greater freedom. For internal consumption, though, Red China portrayed the U.S.A as having received a blow it deemed well deserved.
Red China stepped up its suppression of the Falun Gong, a spiritual movement in China. There have been 295 confirmed deaths of Falun Gong members at the hands of the Chinese police. It recently arrested a Hong Kong businessman for importing Bibles into China, calling Christianity "an evil cult." The Bibles were intended for an underground Christian group in Red China's Fujiann Province. On December 30th., a Red Chinese Court handed death sentences to two leaders of an underground South China Church. Reportedly, sixteen Christian organizations have been identified as evil cults.
The Red Chinese have shut down 17,500 Internet cafes throughout China and another 28,000 are being monitored their vast secret police. Red China, like the former Soviet Union, fears any access to information from the world outside its closed society.
The Bush administration came into power making no secret of its opposition to China's record on human rights, its threats to Taiwan, and its provision of missiles and nuclear arms technology to nations in the Middle East. The Bush administration skillfully handled the downing of one of our intelligence gathering planes, but after 9.11, in order to secure a coalition that would permit the U.S.A. to wage its war on terrorism, the administration has backed off its strong rhetoric and policies.
Red China's intent is to take on the U.S.A. in the Red Chinese quest to dominate the Far East and Pacific Basin. While battling Islamic militant in the Phillippines and in Indonesia, the governments of both of those nations are struggling to ward off being so weakened they could not defend against an invasion by Red China. New Zealand, having abandoned support for its airforce and navy, is ripe for such Red Chinese adventurism.
Gao Zhan, an American University scholar, released from a Red Chinese prison last year, has warned, "The Chinese are only in the anti-terrorism war to serve their own interests [and] to divert the attention of international society from its continued human rights abuse." He reminded Americans that "Over the past 50 years, 30 million to 50 million people were persecuted for having different political views. China has been in the terror business for over five decades."
Is the U.S.A. wavering now? In October, the Bush administration let it be known that it was considering a waiver on sanctions imposed after the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Those sanctions bar the sale of military-related equipment to Red Chinese security forces, but the Red Chinese are known to have been spending seventeen percent of their GNP on defense, and many analysts believe this figure may be much larger. There are even fears that the U.S.A. may accede to Red China's demand for a "One China" policy, abandoning Taiwan to a Red Chinese takeover.
In April, former U.S. Ambassador to Red China, James R. Lilley, warned against any softening of our opposition to Red Chinese ambitions. "We prefer to see our security relationships as maintaining stability, the status quo. The Chinese believe they have a manifest destiny to fulfill, and a need for a protective shield to buffer their most vital and productive area on the coast of China from Canton in the south to Dalian in the north." He warned against Red Chinese adventurism.
As the new century begins, the United States must surely seek to reduce the threat of a militant Islam. With considerable irony, that is also a goal of the Red Chinese for the Muslims within its own borders. Red China extends its definition of terrorism, however, to include Christians and Buddhists as well as anyone who dares to question its repressive system.
We cannot afford, therefore, to turn our attention away from the longterm threat Red China represents. The threat must be contained--and it must be ended, just as we ended the threat of the former Soviet Union.
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Tom DeWeese is publisher and editor of THE DEWEESE REPORT and president of the American Policy Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Center maintains an Internet site at http://www.americanpolicy.org.
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