The Chinese Threat is Real

The Chinese Threat is Real

It’s time for the world to wake up to the global threat that is China. 

For a long time, many political leaders subscribed to the view that as China developed economically it would embrace democracy. This theory was called “convergence theory.” 

American foreign policy regarding China followed this theory. We supported China’s efforts to modernize; we invited China into the World Trade Organization; and we sought out China as a trading partner even when China did not reciprocate.

Now, it is clear that the convergence theory is dead. President Xi Jinping has killed it, and the sooner American leaders wake up to this reality, the sooner we can confront it. 

I had the opportunity to speak about the Chinese threat last month at the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul, South Korea where I called out the Chinese threat.

  • The Chinese government’s singular strategic goal is the preservation of the Communist Party. Those that pose a threat to the party are thrown in “education camps,” imprisoned, or killed.
  • Far from loosening his grip on power, President Xi is using technology to create a surveillance state that keeps tabs on massive parts of the population.
  • China is flexing its muscles outside its borders, seizing islands in the South China Sea and constructing military facilities there.
  • China regularly threatens Taiwan, violating Taiwanese airspace and manipulating Taiwanese politicians and journalists.
  • China’s policy of kidnapping critics has expanded to foreign critics, with kidnappings occurring in Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
  • Chinese companies habitually steal intellectual property from U.S. companies. 
  • Most worrisome is China’s use of “civil-military integration policy” – a policy that mandates that new technology developed in the private sector must be shared with the Chinese military.

The Chinese threat is very real. I hope you will watch my entire speech below.

It is critical that we rethink how we interact and engage with China. The old theories about convergence are naïve at best and dangerous at worst. China does not fit any prior foreign policy models. It is at once a major threat, a U.S. trading partner, and a key player in the global economy. We must confront China carefully, and without any naïve preconceptions about its intent. 

11 Replies to “The Chinese Threat is Real

  • Thomas A. Holmes

    By Thomas A. Holmes


    One of the strongest deliverables in addressing the Chinese Threat, is for America (not China) to solve problems like the “US/Mexico Border”, a solution I mailed in my letter to Nikki Haley at 64 Beaver St here in NYC. Please call me at 212-381-2287

  • Tracey Butler

    By Tracey Butler


    All very true

  • Margaret Knox

    By Margaret Knox


    Ma. Haley is right! Let us back her up and agree the threat is real and stop it!

    • Polly Spires

      By Polly Spires


      We all need to stand up to these people as Believers and as God fearing Americans. Why are we letting things go on with the law of the land and people just getting away with their deeds. President Trump is a outstanding President and dosen’t deserve to be disrespected like the media dose! Get real it’s suppose to be for the good of America and we are strong and there for we are strong for other countries. Short term’s service seat in the whole of the government and their taxes should be the same as the comen folk(poor people like me). About the border come on how easy is this one take that money that comes from ALL these cartal bust and build all the walls we need and keep up funded by the same means. Just a few things off the top of my head. Thanks for listening

  • George R Allen

    By George R Allen


    100% correct! Americans long for a harmonious relationship with China. Unfortunately this is an unrealistic expectation.

  • Gary

    By Gary


    We need more like her!!





  • Blanche

    By Blanche


    Yes we need more just like her!

  • Blanche

    By Blanche


    Yes we a lot more like her!

  • Thomas Frost

    By Thomas Frost


    Too bad Nikki is no longer our UN rep. President Trump needs to have her be one of his advisors re foreign affairs.

  • στρωματα

    By στρωματα


    Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of the issues.

    It was really informative. Your site is useful.
    Many thanks for sharing!

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