Closer Look at China

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), August 27, 2006 | Go to article overview

Closer Look at China


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Herbert Klein's Aug. 13 column on China was a fine look into the economic situation of mainland China as it has evolved and from what, but was superficial. The communist ruling class of 80,000 people that he barely mentioned are engaged in a long, protracted economic and cultural war that, like the war on terror up to September 11, 2001, we have yet to fully appreciate or engage.

Chinese culture has a very patient, long-term view of world and cultural affairs. Either Chou En-lai and Mao Tse-tung, asked about the effects of the French Revolution, is variously quoted as saying it was too soon to tell.

The Communist Chinese, if you look at their actions over the time since they ascended to power after World War II, have slowly but relentlessly encroached upon the U.S. and are quietly waging war on us. During the Carter years, we gave up control of the Panama canal. During the Clinton years, they took advantage of the hand-over of that control and now manage both sides of the canal, which in time of conflict could effectively cut off shipping between our East and West coasts. Imagine what it would be like if we could not receive tankers of oil from the Alaskan pipelines, or the Middle East.

During the Clinton administration, the Communist Chinese managed to lease the Long Beach naval shipyard in California, which, given the volumes of containers coming in, could easily be used to ship weapons and explosives into our country for use against us. …

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