Democrats Deny True Threat of China Over Their Obsession With Russia

China President Jinping XiMany Democrat presidential candidates are convinced that Russia is America’s biggest geopolitical threat—but their outdated reading of foreign affairs only proves that they aren’t qualified to be in the White House.

During the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was indisputably America’s most dangerous enemy, leading Democrats such asSenator Ted Kennedy ignored the threat and collaborated with the Soviet government to undermine American elections. While serving as mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1988, Sen. Bernie Sanders—who is currently running for the Democrat presidential nomination—even traveled to the USSR, where he reportedly praised his totalitarian hosts in effusive terms.

Now, nearly 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Democrats are suddenly viewing Russia as America’s most threatening adversary.

Remarkably, when the moderators of the second Democratic primary debate asked the participants to identify what they consider to be America’s greatest foreign threat today, several of the candidates insisted that Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. elections represent a greater danger to our country than China’s rapidly expanding power, wealth, and influence, which Beijing expects will one day allow it to eclipse the United States at the top of the international order.

“[T]he biggest threat to our national security right now is Russia, not China,” said Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), insisting that Moscow poses a bigger foreign policy challenge “because of what they’ve done with our election.”

“Russia is our greatest geopolitical threat, because they have been hacking our democracy successfully and they’ve been laughing their asses off about it for the last couple of years,” agreed entrepreneur Andrew Yang, arguing that “we should focus on that before we start worrying about other threats.”

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) also weighed in on the issue, stating that his first foreign policy objective will consist of “breaking up with Russia and making up with NATO.”

Economy and Demography

In reality, China has become by far the most menacing threat to American interests, thanks in large part to its rapidly expanding economy, which has allowed the regime to invest heavily in military modernization. This reality is not a classified secret, either — for years, America’s leading foreign policy scholars and experts have publicly warned about China’s rise, arguing that Washington’s calcified Cold War mentality needs to be updated to address modern geopolitical realities.

Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t address China during the debate, but he has previously scoffed at the notion that China poses a threat to U.S. interests, even claiming that “they’re not competition for us.”

It may come as a surprise to the Democrats, most of whom spent the Cold War as dupes and apologists for the Soviet Union, but Russian Facebook ads aren’t exactly the greatest contemporary threat to America. China, with its hostile efforts to weaponize international trade and undisguised desire to supplant the U.S. as the preeminent power in Asia, is a far more capable and ambitious adversary.

In recent years, China has dramatically escalated its spying activities in the United States, recruiting American intelligence analysts to help it steal not just government secrets, but also intellectual property and academic research. Russia, conversely, can’t even manage to purloin emails from a laughably naive Democrat political operative without being caught red-handed.

The main reason for this imbalance is that China’s economy dwarfs Russia’s.

In 2018, China’s GDP totaled an impressive $13.6 trillion, while Russia’s economic output was less than $1.7 trillion—slightly weaker than the GDP of Texas. The economies of both countries have also been growing at drastically different rates—last year, China’s GDP grew 6.6 percent, while Russia’s economy grew at just 2.3 percent.

China’s growing wealth has enabled it to snap up billions of dollars worth of U.S. farmland, compel American companies to hand over sensitive technology as a condition of doing business in China, and enlist its multinational corporations—such as telecom giant Huawei—to serve as quasi-official agents of the state.

Whereas China aims to eventually surpass the size of the U.S. economy, Russia’s economy keeps falling further and further behind, with South Korea, Australia, and even lowly Spain now nipping at its heels.

Russia is also confronting a monumental depopulation problem. For years, the country has been plagued by low birth rates and high emigration, forcing Moscow to encourage immigration from Central Asia and other parts of the world just to stave off a complete demographic collapse.

Analysts at Stratfor, a foreign affairs and intelligence publisher, however, warn that Russia’s strategy of mitigating its population decline by encouraging immigrants is highly problematic, predicting that it will cause Moscow to face “greater difficulties associated with managing domestic ethnic tensions and political instability” in the future.

While China is also facing significant demographic challengesas a result of its ill-conceived “one-child” policy, Beijing has plenty of time to develop meaningful policies that would stabilize long-term population growth. Moscow, on the other hand, does not have this luxury.

Military Modernization

In short, a declining population and an unstable economy mean that Russia will be unable to keep up its current rate of military modernization in the coming years. While Moscow has undoubtedly made progress in updating its strategic offensive capabilities, including its nuclear arsenal, Russia’s pace of military innovation will be naturally limited by its feeble socio-economic outlook.

Competing with the U.S. military in terms of both size and technological advancement is a lot easier for China, however, which has used its rapid economic growth in recent decades to fund an ambitious military build-up, take advantage of its trading partners, and bind smaller countries to its orbit with infrastructure investments that have strategic strings attached.

China’s bellicose behavior on the world stage is also far more impactful and consequential than Russia’s. For decades, Beijing has controlled North Korea as a geopolitical puppet, providing economic aid and diplomatic cover for Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Chinese military has also become increasingly aggressive in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, building artificial islands and military bases in areas claimed by U.S. allies such as Japan and the Philippines.

In just the past few years, in fact, the Chinese Navy has grown to become the world’s biggest fleet, as measured by the total number of combat vessels, and experts say it is now able to outmatch the U.S. Navy in the three seas adjacent to the Chinese mainland. With China expanding its navy at a faster rate than any other country, the U.S. security situation will continue to deteriorate unless American leaders assertively respond to the threat.

While Russia’s territorial ambitions in Eastern Europe—especially its illegal annexation of Crimea—should rightfully concern the United States and its allies, NATO exists specifically to counter that very threat. The global security tensions created by China in East Asia, on the other hand, are truly unprecedented, and there is no established institution to coordinate the free world’s response.

President Trump’s policy of expanding the U.S. Navy to 355 ships is expressly designed to contain the Chinese threat, yet the Democrats running for president apparently aren’t interested in tackling this challenge, because none of them even mentioned China’s military build-up during the presidential debates. While a few candidates at the first debate did identify China as America’s greatest geopolitical threat, they focused exclusively on the economic side of the issue, and didn’t explain how their approach to China would differ from President Trump’s.

American policy makers can’t afford to ignore Russia entirely, of course. But Donald Trump has been far more aggressive toward Moscow than his predecessor, imposing strategic sanctions in response to Russian expansionism and cyberattacks while simultaneously cajoling our NATO allies into meeting their defense spending commitments so that the Western alliance remains prepared to deal with any future bellicosity from Russia. The President is also actively trying to prevent NATO allies from signing agreements to purchasenatural gas from Russia as the United States becomes the world’s largest source of this strategically critical resource.

Many Democrats seem to think that Russia is America’s most formidable geopolitical foe, but that’s just another naive, outdated, and dangerous foreign policy vision from the Party that has made mishandling foreign affairs its trademark. China is the real threat to U.S. interests today, and any presidential candidate who fails to grasp this basic fact should not be running for the highest office in the land.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Steven Rogers

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Todd Taylor
1 year ago

Let’s see what did not pan out for the Dems: Russian collusion, fake dossier, the debunked Mueller report, Trumps “sex” scandal, War with North Korea, Trump supports racism, Dems failed political Cobol, fighting the wall, impeachment proceedings based on nothing, fake news, Trump Tax audit; must I go on. President Trump won in 2016 and he will win in 2020 because of how the Dems unwisely invested their time, energy and taxpayer dollars; it is time for Progressive Democrats to grow up. Enough is enough; get back to work Democrats. Drop the failed ideals of “Progressive” Socialism and get back… Read more »

Paul W
1 year ago

Excellent article. They are both problems, but China is unquestionably is the bigger threat. From the article, “Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t address China during the debate, but he has previously scoffed at the notion that China poses a threat to U.S. interests, even claiming that “they’re not competition for us.”–of course he feels that way. he and his spawn are in cahoots with China. Feinstein employed a Chinese spy. I put the initial blame squarely on the clintons. They gave away the store years ago.

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

The Dems only want to believe what they want and that is all there is to it!! The Dems do NOT care about the USA or her people!!

Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Dems are stuck in time to Cold War 1, now we are in Cold War 2 with Russia & China vs US.
Very scary, Dems dont or wont Get IT.

1 year ago

I have many time tried to post articles from Amac to facebook but facebook has choose to stop any posting from Amac saying that (user opted out of platform the action attempted is disallowed) because facebook knows organization like Amac.has a large membership and would be a threat to what facebook is trying to do and that is to silence the voices of the republican party.

Mark Jebe
1 year ago

While everything the author says is true, I think the piece misses the point: Why do the Democrats emphasize Russia and de-emphasize China? Because they’ve carefully constructed a Russia-collusion narrative aimed at Trump, while the country that actually hacked Hillary’s server was China, (Shortly after which the Chinese rolled up the CIA’s entire network in China, executing over 30 of our agents.) and the perpetrators of the DNC server “hack” (which was an inside job, since the data transfer rates were too high for an internet connection) weren’t Russian, they were fake IT experts (one of whom actually worked as… Read more »

Bo Dalton
1 year ago

Hell, Every main stream Socialist, Communist Democrat is in bed with China already. They would like to take down America and Russia so their Chi-Com buddies have no competition !!!!!

Big Al
1 year ago

Just a diversion from the fact that Democrats are the real threat.

1 year ago

Dems are too arrogant to challenge their ideas and actually look at the world and see things have changed since the 1980s and they are responsible for most of what’s gone bad during that time.

1 year ago

I’m sorry to completely change the subject, but I have a question. What hoops did O’Bama jump through to remove the citizenship question from the census? It seems if he can remove it, Trump should be able to put it back. Did Obama have to go to court, etc.?

Jack Thomas
1 year ago

The article re: China as our greatest geopolitical threat is dead on target. And if the voting American public doesn’t wake up and smell the roses by 2020 and allows the Democrats to retake the White House, our constitutional republic will be dead on arrival (D.O.A.)

1 year ago

First of all, a democrat should never be asked such a complex question, They like the simple stuff that allow handouts to their constituents … Tuition, Healthcare, home purchase, reparations, and above all their new money-maker “CLIMATE CHANGE”. Any question where an answer requires some knowledge of an adversary’s historical behavior and analysis of their foreign policies, would be like speaking in a different language. Foreign policy to a democrat is dictated from on high … individual opinions are not allowed. P.S. Russia, China. China, Russia … both equal-opportunity threats and should be watched closely.

1 year ago

Democrats only care about ruining this country. They care about nothing except for impeaching DJT. They aren’t qualified to run this country and they need to keep their mouths shut concerning DJT.

1 year ago

Seems like Kennedy and Russia (see article) mirror Biden and China. This article is on the money. It has caused me to pray a little longer today.

1 year ago

China is clearly the #1 threat. Russia lacks the economic or military strength to be a threat in those categories. Yes they can disrupt foreign affairs (e.g., Syria, Iran, Venezuela). But they have only single weapon category, cybersecurity. We know that and we can take steps to mitigate that threat (though not totally eliminate the effects). The Chinese financial threat is overstated. They actually represent a small portion of the potential financial impact. BUT, they are a military threat as they build their navy and usurp space in Southeast Asian seas; a threat to trade and our position as the… Read more »

Keith H
1 year ago

China is their buddy, they like the fact that they kill Christians, and they are helping the little alien Zuckerturd create a social credit score and bring it to America to use against us. Plus helping Google to sensor the American people. Their already doing it in their country. China kills all its gays and Democrats are teaming up with the Muslims to do the same thing here.. Russia protects Christians, And the Democrats can’t have that. Democrats hate America. They hate our flag. They are the party of the KKK. All they want is power. And they will kill… Read more »

1 year ago

Let’s make all senators and Congress take same medical crap that isn’t worth it as we have too!!!

John Hickman
1 year ago

China also has more people in it than any other country an alot more people in there army so they are a country to paid attention to

cecil welch
1 year ago

AMAC, when I post my comments and push the “POST COMMENTS button, it disappears? Can you explain please? CW.

cecil welch
1 year ago

Great comment Todd. NONE of this contenders are qualified to manage this country. CW

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