Banning a video game on the grounds of “national security” proves China’s immaturity and inability to deal with the developed world on equal footing. This cultural neurosis taints decision making into a hodge-podge of ill-conceived head scratcher decisions that no sane country would make. After all, who else but Beijing claims that pollution is a good thing: brings the country together and is actually a deterrent against foreign attack? Of course my preconceptions about the communist party may taint how I view their actions, so I asked my Chinese friends their opinion of the ban. Their reply was that Beijing fears the kind of hysteria that such a game could bring to the people here. They claimed that China has a history of fanaticism exemplified by the antics of the cultural revolution, a thing Beijing fears most.
In a show of institutional insecurity, China has banned the video game Battlefield 4. This first person shooter (FPS) allows players to seek and destroy a rogue Chinese Admiral and blow up Shanghai along the way. Beijing has cited “national security concerns” about the game and called it an attack on the Chinese and their country. The question is – if China really is a rising super power, then why are they quaking in their boots over Battlefield 4? The answer lies in understanding the loose foothold upon which the communist party perches in governing China. By its action, Beijing proves that rather than a rising super power, China is little more than a trembling giant, fearful of its imminent demise.
Rather than plugging up the holes we have in our security apparatus, NASA has decided to go another route. They are literally allowing the foxes into the hen house. Take, for instance, the fact that China has stolen plans for our space shuttle, trade secrets for the C-17 military transport aircraft and our Delta IV rocket. And all that was done by just one man. Dongfan Chung was born in China, became a citizen of the USA and then sold us out to his motherland. But his case is old news, and just an example of how China is killing us with a death of 1,000 cuts. “Obama’s Eric Holder Orders Indictments Halted In U.S. Espionage Case: China Access To Protected U.S. Space Weapons Technology ~ China Developing Drone Fleet Against U.S – Report.” – PV In order to contextualize the conversation, consider that the White House is allegedly covering up espionage at the NASA Ames Research Center. This facility houses some of the finest US technology and has done so for over 60 years. Consider that this same facility developed specialized in rocket engines which were developed for the Kinetic Kill Vehicle program. This was a system of weapons that the USA designed to operate from outside the earth’s atmosphere. Doesn’t it seem suspect that the Chinese spies are trolling around the facility which was responsible for creating crucial elements for the type of weapon that China is betting part of its military future?
I have written about China’s war on US soil extensively in the TSW article While We Sleep, The Chinese Prepare for War. But, what you should focus on is the fact that China sees their only hope in defeating us by arming space. The Red Army knows that superior US missile defense and air defense equipment will protect us from serious threats. They also know that in a war of missiles, they would suffer far more than we would. Our defense systems blanket the globe and spotting missile launches is easy. Lacking a deep water military threat, China would be fighting a long range battle as our navy moved in for the kill. China knows this is not a battle they can win and have developed other options. What the Chinese are now banking on is a new breed of missiles with nuclear capabilities which zoom down from space almost unseen. Contemporary missile tracking devices concentrate on scouring for missiles launched from the earth and not outerspace. These new weapons could easily defeat those tracking devices. Beijing’s goal is to develop military hardware that lies dormant above the earth until its called upon. Once activated, these missiles would become real threats and the Chinese would be capable of raining nukes from the stars. This is precisely what they are testing now. “China has successfully tested its first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle capable of penetrating US missile defense system and delivering nuclear warheads with record breaking speeds, Pentagon officials have confirmed.” – RT
China has expressed a willingness to collaborate with NASA and their space program. What could be prompting the Chinese to do such a thing? After all, they have repeatedly threatened the US and consider us their biggest threat. This being the case, why do they want to work with us so badly? Does Beijing see this as a way to share tech secrets for the good of all mankind? Based on the fact that the communist party only acts to preserve their rule over China, it is doubtful they are looking for a mutually beneficial arrangement. What is China’s endgame? Are they really opening up and want to share their technology and secrets or merely looking to pilfer more of ours? In light of the fact that a great percentage of China’s space technology was stolen from the USA, one has to wonder what they have to offer us. After all, how much value is there in studying how they have reverse engineered so many of our secrets. As for the Chinese, however, partnering would be a gold mine. Not only can they upgrade their space program, but more importantly, their weapons as well. When one considers the military use of much of NASA’s work, China’s goal seems abundantly clear – they seek next generation, dual-use tech goodies.
Could it be that Beijing has something to hide? It would make sense that Beijing would not want us poking around drug manufacturers if their facilities were not up to snuff. If we found this to be true, we could prohibit their drugs from entering our market. Inspections are a key element in maintaining drug integrity and the Chinese are sidestepping official procedures. Being cagey, however, Beijing does not explicitly bar inspectors, they merely do not rush to process their visas. The impact, however, is the same. The other side of the equation is the fear factor. Imagine that you are an inspector and you have read stories like this. You start to think about how loosely China defines state secrets and how Beijing despises bad news. It dons on you that rotting in a cell next to Lu Xiaobo is not at all enticing, even though he won a Nobel. At this point you may be inclined to temper your report, to justify your actions by saying that China is just experiencing growth pains and will sooner or later clean up its act. Perhaps you cross your fingers and hope everything will be okay and you escape with your liberty if not your dignity intact. You know Beijing will do whatever it takes to protect their own, so why even try?
In order to keep the wheels of commerce spinning, China will use most any tool at their disposal. More frequently than ever they are wielding the power of the “visa” to prevent foreign observers from coming to China. Beijing is concerned that foreigners will learn the truth about China and report their findings back home. Fearing what these people may say, the Chinese merely deny them entry. A recent example is that Beijing was implicitly refusing visas to US drug inspectors. With China and India producing over 80% of all drug precursors, transparency into Chinese drug labs is essential. China knows this and is doing their best to protect low quality local drug producers. In late 2013, China dragged its feet in providing visas to US drug inspectors. As a consequence, these people were prevented from doing their job but more importantly, they were sent a message. “If you want to come to China, you better not say anything bad, i.e. tell any inconvenient truths.” At least that is the message Beijing has been sending out lately. “Chinese authorities held up renewing the credentials of roughly two dozen Bloomberg and New York Times reporters after the two American news outfits published muckraking stories about the wealth of the families of top Chinese leaders.” CNN Consider the hassle that writers from the New York Times and Bloomberg had in renewing their working visas. Beijing essentially held a few dozen journalists in limbo over the future of their jobs in China. Due to aggressive and truthful reporting by the newspapers, Beijing took a stand. Had Washington not intervened, China would have shut these writers out of the country for what they had written.
After WW2, world leaders did a sense check to see what had gone wrong. They wanted to understand how dictatorships evolved and how best to stop Hitlers and Mussolinis from occurring. Eventually it was decided that one of the best ways to stop a dictatorship was to beat it economically. As a result, sanctions were imposed on countries who failed to toe the line. Among others, the Soviet Union was cast out due to its communist beliefs. Communism was an anathema to democracy and thus the biggest threat to freedom. The way to beat this threat was by isolation. Absent access to western markets, the Soviets would bleed money and crash, which is eventually what happened. The same strategy has been used against dictatorships across the globe and the results have been promising. By withholding access to markets and thus wealth, the people grow disillusioned with governments and either demand or force change. As a result, dictatorial regimes have been defeated and dictatorial regimes have mostly been curtailed (Competitive Authoritarianism – Levitsky/Way).
Ever since the gods of commercialization realized that China had so many people, the race was on to sell to them. For their part, the Chinese were not “buying it”. They considered foreign goods and people inferior and wanted no part in globalization. After China fell hopelessly behind, however, it decided to change tactics. In the early 20th century, the Chinese realized that it was they who had nothing to offer the West and that the tide had turned. China looked to the “barbarians” in hopes of catching up. This pattern continued throughout more than 100 of the past 113 years. Lacking indigenous ability and innovation, even the communist party came begging for help. Turned off by what communism stood for, the US rejected such offers and China isolated itself from the world. In a resurgence of commercialism and corporate greed, American companies foamed at the mouth over selling to a market with 1,000,000,000 people. Companies knew that when the Chinese dragon awoke, it would rush to buy our goods and we would grow rich. On the other hand, companies knew that Americans would be skeptical of China, after all it was communist, right? This was the same communism that we had been fighting against for decades. We were told that communism was a dangerous form of governance and should be eradicated, lest it eradicate us fist. With this background and in order to profit from engaging China, corporations had to first convince us that China was not so bad. The talking heads began to soft pedal around the harsh realities of China. They began to exclude the word “communist” when talking about China and if forced to label its governance, they used the more benign term “socialist” in its place. They also began to say that we should work [...]
China’s illicit and aggressive pursuit of foreign tech and know-how has made it the world’s most prolific nation-thief. On a yearly basis, China steals more money in technology than most countries produce. In a world where nothing can be nailed down, China seems bent on heisting everything. Most recently they have decided to steal food secrets from the heartland. In order to achieve their goal of global hegemony, China has enlisted the help of Chinese immigrants to steal secrets from their new home and send the info back to the motherland. In what appears to be a growing trend, Chinese green cardholders are betraying America and its companies. The question is why so many Chinese would flock to the US and then steal our secrets and ship them back home. Agro-Theft According to NPR, recently federal indictments were handed down on cases involving theft of trade secrets by Chinese living in the USA. The cases involved theft of profitable hybrid corn and rice. The first case involved a Chinese man who was first caught foraging around in the Tama, Iowa dirt. This man, Mo Hailong, then celebrated his citizenship by scouring farmland across the Midwest for prized corn seedlings. He allegedly was doing this at the behest of the Chinese company – Kings Nower Seed. A cross country FBI trek nailed Mo in the act. The second instance was related to genetically altered rice. In this case, at least six Chinese were accused of stealing prized rice which was produced in the USA. The people in question were caught handing over such secrets to comrades in arms from the PRC. In this case, the perpetrators were allegedly trying to curry favor with companies back in their motherland in hope of returning home and or making a quick buck.