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Week of: January 28, 2001

Realistic Appraisals of China Threat

by F.R. Duplantier

Last year saw the publication of several books documenting the serious threat that Communist China poses to the security of the United States.

In Red Dragon Rising, the follow-up to their earlier blockbuster exposé Year of the Rat, Edward Timperlake and William Triplett described the territorial ambitions of the People's Republic of China as "immense. Now, armed with the most modern weapons of mass destruction and sophisticated instruments of information warfare, the Communist Chinese military threatens to take the lands it has historically coveted," they warned. "Communist China sees but one major roadblock to achieving regional hegemony -- the Pacific stretch of the United States. Consequently," said Timperlake and Triplett, "the PRC's military buildup has been tailored to counter America's military capabilities. . . . America," they affirmed, "is now a target."

In their 1998 book, Year of the Rat, Timperlake and Triplett charged that "Chinese agents helped secure the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination for Clinton with a multimillion-dollar loan from an Arkansas bank under their influence. Chinese agents became the number-one donors to Clinton and Gore in 1992," they added. "The Clinton Justice Department allowed the statute of limitations to run out so that illegal donations from Chinese agents could escape prosecution." The list of transgressions went on and on. "A Macau criminal syndicate figure who exploits women for prostitution laundered more than $1 million in illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee (DNC)," Timperlake and Triplett asserted. "A Chinese agent who is also in the business of exploiting women for prostitution donated hun- dreds of thousands of dollars to Bill Clinton and Al Gore. . . ."

In Hegemon: China's Plan to Dominate Asia and the World, Stephen Mosher warned that China "regards the U.S. with hostility today" and "will likely be taking an even more critical view of American power in the Pacific twenty years from now." He recommended "containment by the United States," which "would prevent China from gaining effective sway over its immediate neighbors, limit its influence further afield, and thwart the emergence of a Eurasian superpower that would threaten America's global interests. It would require, first, acknowledging the realities of Chinese aims, and then constraining the modernization of military technology, keeping China in such a clear position of military inferiority that Beijing would avoid at all costs a direct military collision. The deployment of a missile defense system at the same time," Mosher argued, "would avert China's use of nuclear blackmail against America and its allies."

In The China Threat, Bill Gertz chastised the Clinton Administration for its refusal to treat China "as a threat or even a potential threat. The apparent reason for what amounted to a policy of appeasement was trade and business interests," he commented, "combined with the compromising of Bill Clinton by Chinese interests that contributed heavily to his campaign funds." Gertz also detected "a more sinister reason: an ideological affinity for China's supposedly 'progressive' brand of communism among top White House advisers and even the President himself." He concluded that "the orthodox notion of a nonthreatening China should be replaced with a hardheaded realism based on American national interest."


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