The Financial Times sent shock waves through the U.S. business community last week when headlines announced that China will overtake the United States as the "world's leading economic power this year," a title we've held since we passed England in 1872. The previous date for this anticipated event was 2019.
The grim announcement was based on figures compiled by the International Comparison Program, which is hosted by the World Bank. The awesome part of this fact, however, is that the Chinese are spending this big money to build their growing military arsenal.
While President Barack Obama has presided over hundreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts to our military, Communist China has been building dramatic new strategic military capabilities in every field of modern warfare. And it's all been paid for with U.S. money that has flowed to China through the racket mislabeled "free trade."
One of the world's best national security analysts, Bill Gertz, reported that the 2014 U.S. Quadrennial Defense Review includes a warning on Page 80 of an 88-page document from Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the risk of a conflict in Asia is dangerously increasing. The worst part of that prediction is that he says our coming conflict with China will probably be waged on United States territory, because distance and the Pacific Ocean will no longer protect us against China's new weapons.
Communist China is working hard to develop new niche weapons systems designed to attack us in space and in the so-called cyber domain. The speed of technology development and the building of increasingly sophisticated systems make our estimates unreliable about how and where we would fight a war or militarily intervene, Gertz reported.
We face a new power relationship: a weakening American military versus a rising communist Chinese power. And that has "dire implications for global peace and stability," notes Gertz. This isn't any accident; Obama has made clear that his goal from the get-go has been to spread around world power internationally just as he told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread around our wealth.
Gertz reminds us that the notion that China is not a threat is a common propaganda theme based on ancient Chinese strategic teachings. Tai Kung taught: Convince your enemy that you pose no threat and thereby lull him into complacency before advancing for the kill.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in November 2011 that the centerpiece of Obama's foreign and defense policies is a "pivot." That was supposed to tell the world that the United States is pivoting its most serious attention away from Western Europe and Africa to Asia.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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