Taipei Times: Ian Easton On Taiwan: Creating strategic knowledge

The US and China are already at war with each other ideologically, and economic and geopolitical tensions between the two are rising. Fortunately, this conflict has not spilled over into the military sphere, although there is a growing risk of that too. China’s aggressive rhetoric and actions are destabilizing its periphery.

For America, the overarching goals of competition are fairly simple: to protect and encourage the forward march of democracy, freedom, rule of law, individual rights, and open markets. Jonathan Ward’s excellent new book, China’s Vision of Victory, demonstrates that the CCP has very different goals for the future. It covets unlimited power, including the power to control and destroy human thought. It fears and despises anyone anywhere who rejects its dominance. An indication of this can be seen in the concentration camps that have been built in the deserts of western China. Today millions of innocent people are suffering inside those black sites, with all the horror that implies.

A Chinese mass surveillance regime is under construction that is intended for worldwide operations. The next time you go to your local electronics store, take a moment to browse the shelves and notice how many products are made by CCP-controlled industrial giants such as Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Haier, and Tencent. More are coming. What will it be like when China’s authoritarian devices of control are in homes, offices, hospitals, churches, and vehicles all over the world?

China is the strongest and smartest strategic rival the US has ever faced. By comparison, the Nazis, Imperial Japanese, and Soviets were poor, simple, crude, and unsophisticated. They were little able to infiltrate the US and its allies on this scale. Nor were they allowed to gain leverage over our companies, universities, and media. In contrast, China has recruited many of our most talented thought leaders, lobbied our government representatives, and stolen our most sensitive secrets.

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