The China Syndrome

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2023
by AMAC, John Grimaldi

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 18 — The Oxford dictionary defines a syndrome as “a group of symptoms which consistently occur together.” Thus Communist China has developed a syndrome that is focused on world domination. For example, Beijing recently gave Chinese COVID carriers the license to re-infect the world. And now comes news that their fleets of civilian merchant ships are being militarized and have become an expansion of its Navy.

A new European Union research paper by Jonathan Holslag at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defense warns that “There is a growing politicization and militarization of China’s maritime sector.”  Holslag points out that China has the world’s largest fleet of merchant ships, including container ships that can hide missile launchers in their containers, giving them the ability to get deadly close to unsuspecting targets of their choosing.

According to a study by the Army University Press such a threat has long been noted by the U.S. and other western nations. “Among the most important of China’s gray-zone forces and actors is its maritime militia…In addition, China’s overtly civilian distant-water fishing fleets, which are affiliated to varying degrees with Chinese government agencies, have been subject to growing international scrutiny.”

China expert Gordon Chang recently told Newsmax that If a conflict over Taiwan emerges he expects that, indeed, China is likely to use its commercial shipping fleet, militarized commercial fishing vessels and dominance over manufacturing and shipping industries to “punish” the U.S. In fact, the publication Navy Recognition warned in 2019 that China was already building a long-range cruise missile that could be fired from shipping containers and could easily turn China’s vast fleet of freighters “into potential warships, and commercial ports would then become missile bases.”

China is the world’s largest maritime tradition nation with more trading ships than any other nation on the planet. Clandestinely weaponizing them would create an unimaginable threat to global peace. That Beijing presents a clear and present danger was revealed in a year-end survey conducted by the Global Times and released in its 2023 Annual Conference in December. It “showed that more than 62 percent of participants around the globe believe that China’s influence is rising, double the number that believes the US’ influence is rising, and more people expect that the China-US tension is likely to turn into ‘conflict’ rather than ‘easing’.”

A recent study conducted by Luxembourg’s Geographical Information Systems [GIS] suggests that Communist China has a plan to take over Taiwan within the next five years. The study notes that Beijing’s military might is peaking, that America’s military ability to defend and protect Taiwan is waning and that China’s President Xi Jinping “has gained political strength after very tough infighting. With China’s economic growth expected to slow over the next five years, it would seem difficult for him to remain in power without success, and the seizure of Taiwan could give him such an achievement.”

We live in dangerous times. To wit, according to the publication, Foreign Affairs: “On the one hand, the world is witnessing the revival of some of the worst aspects of traditional geopolitics: great-power competition, imperial ambitions, fights over resources. Today, Russia is headed by a tyrant, President Vladimir Putin, who longs to re-create a Russian sphere of influence and perhaps even a Russian empire.  Putin is willing to do almost anything to achieve that goal, and he is able to act as he pleases because internal constraints on his regime have mostly disappeared. Meanwhile, under President Xi Jinping, China has embarked on a quest for regional and potentially global primacy, putting itself on a trajectory that will lead to increased competition or even confrontation with the United States.”

John Grimaldi served on the first non-partisan communications department in the New York State Assembly and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Priva Technologies, Inc. He has served for more than thirty years as a Trustee of Daytop Village Foundation, which oversees a worldwide drug rehabilitation network.

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