Joe Biden was bought and paid for in Chinese funds, as Hunter Biden’s emails exposed. Thus, it’s no surprise to see China get away with highly suspect behavior.
Either our President condones these Chinese actions, or he lacks the balls to do anything about it. But the serious increase in military spending can’t be good news.
As Breitbart points out:
China is determined to match its aggressive military talk in South-East Asia with spending. A report by the Lowy Institute in Australia shows in 2021 it achieved just that as other reports indicate Beijing is looking to establish its first permanent military presence on the Atlantic Ocean in the tiny Central African country of Equatorial Guinea.
According to the latest Asia Power Index, China’s military financial outlay is now 50 per cent larger than India, Japan, Taiwan, and all 10 members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) combined.
The annual report by the Lowy Institute noted in 2021, the U.S. remained the most powerful country in the Asia-Pacific region, with China coming in second place, after steadily growing influence on the Index in recent years.
“The pandemic has really affected most countries in terms of their ability to shape and respond to their external environment, but the United States has actually gained in its comprehensive power for the first time since 2018,” Hervé Lemahieu, the Lowy Institute’s director of research, told the ABC.
“China will never be as dominant as the United States once was, but we are really set for a sort of bi-polar century in the Indo-Pacific … more reliant on the whims of both the United States and China,” he said.
Notice the article says “as the United States once was,” signaling a huge deflation of power. Of course, as with all aspects of US Policy, under President Trump, the US was making up for lost ground. Not only did Trump strengthen our military, but he was a force to be reckoned with. In other words, if Trump said it, he backed it up. Trump held China accountable for their actions. And when the Chinese didn’t want to play ball, Trump used sanctions to enforce his agenda. But that’s back when the United States had a leader, one we could trust.
Back to Breitbart:
The details on China’s boosted defense spending come as classified American intelligence reports suggest China intends to establish its first permanent military presence on the Atlantic Ocean in the tiny Central African country of Equatorial Guinea, according to U.S. officials.
The Wall Street Journal reports this would enable China’s warships to rearm and refit opposite the U.S. East Coast and its busy shipping lanes.
Chinese military spending elsewhere is now far ahead of regional rivals and all 10 members of ASEAN and still growing, leaping as recently as 2020, as Breitbart News reported.
China “remains far in front of basically everyone else in the region” in terms of overall power, the report detailed.
While leftists will support this Chinese rise in power, it’s dangerous to blindly follow Captain Demento’s lead.
China has no allegiance to human rights or democracy. Instead, they rule their people with an iron fist. And a power like that must be kept in check on the global stage. Do you actually think any of the other “Asian powers” can force China to stand down?
The article adds:
At the same time Indonesia edged into the Index’s top 10 for the first time despite being hard-hit by the pandemic at home, outranking Singapore as the “most diplomatically influential player” in South-East Asia.
Japan is a “smart power” which wields significant diplomatic, economic and cultural influence with limited resources, the Lowy report said, however its influence declined in 2021 due to a declining economy and ageing population.
In a report released last month, Director of the ANU Australia-Japan Research Centre Shiro Armstrong argued Australia needs to boost its “already strong” ties with Japan, particularly through cooperation on energy to address climate change.
“Japan is Australia’s benchmark relationship in Asia,” Associate Professor Armstrong said.
“It is the world’s third-largest economy, Australia’s second-largest source of investment and until a fall in commodity trade in 2020, was Australia’s second-largest trading partner.
“But the Japan relationship must be re-imagined if it is to cope with major challenges that both countries [face] both at home and abroad if it is to survive and thrive in the 21st century,” Dr Armstrong said.
Clearly, no one has thought to sound the alarm bells. But there’s a reason China is building their military might. Right now, China realizes it has a short time to accomplish long-held goals. Which makes their leadership volatile, at best.
Foreign Policy recently wrote:
Within the next five years, China’s leaders are likely to conclude that its deteriorating demographic profile, structural economic problems, and technological estrangement from global innovation centers are eroding its leverage to annex Taiwan and achieve other major strategic objectives. As Xi internalizes these challenges, his foreign policy is likely to become even more accepting of risk, feeding on his nearly decadelong track record of successful revisionist action against the rules-based order. Notable examples include China occupying and militarizing sub-tidal features in the South China Sea, ramping up air and maritime incursions against Japan and Taiwan, pushing border challenges against India, occupying Bhutanese and Tibetan lands, perpetrating crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, and coercively enveloping Hong Kong.
With such dangers sitting in the shadows, should we really be hanging our hopes on Joe Biden to keep China in check? Our current president is no chess master. Nothing at all like his predecessor.