It has all the makings of a spy movie… But this is real life.
A new report from Axios this week alleges that a Chinese spy infiltrated the ranks of the Democrat party, apparently ingratiating herself to numerous politicians throughout the country – all in an effort to infiltrate the U.S. political ranks.
Per the report, a femme fatale named Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, came to the U.S. through California as a college student in 2011. For the next four years, according to the U.S. intelligence officials cited by Axios, Ms. Fang attempted to woo local politicians and even U.S. congressmen.
But, when the Feds began asking questions in 2015, Christine Fang suddenly vanished. It is presumed she returned to China.
This news comes on the heels of a new warning from the FBI that local law-enforcement agencies should beware of cooperating with a Chinese government campaign to coerce U.S. residents to return to China to face criminal charges.
Already eight people, including a former New York Police Department officer, have been indicted on charges of acting as illegal agents for Beijing. According to the FBI document…
State and local public safety personnel should be aware that Chinese Government officials, such as diplomats and officials with China’s primary law enforcement agency, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), may seek assistance to obtain sensitive U.S. law enforcement or non-public personally identifiable information on individuals of interest.
One thing that’s clear via both these reports this week is that China means business…
We’ve long been aware of the Chinese Communist Party’s (“CCP”) intelligence-gathering operations, but in part given our own size, might, and influence, we’ve been reluctant to take the China threat seriously.
That needs to change…
Consider what’s happening on a global economic scale. Though the U.S. and most of the West is still reeling from the economic aftermath of the coronavirus, China’s economy seems to be fairing remarkably well. Exports from China surged to their highest level in three years this past month as Chinese factories increased their output to meet the demand void left from the lockdowns of their western counterparts.
Meanwhile, though we still have not confirmed the scientific origin of the coronavirus (and I still would suspect much disinformation coming forward in the years ahead), it is true that China was aware of its issue with the virus in early January 2020, yet still permitted its citizens to travel internationally.
China expert Gordon Chang told me in a recent American Consequences podcast that this indicated to him that China acted maliciously. In Chang’s view, Xi Jinping was well aware of the challenges this would cause the Chinese economy and “wanted to level the playing field” with the rest of the world. In other words, “If China’s economy was to take a hit,” Chang told me, “then others would, too.”
Taking a hit is an understatement…
(Now, on the bright side, I would argue that our resilience has been nothing short of remarkable.)
But, nonetheless, the quick spread of the coronavirus demonstrates the challenges of the global world in which we now live – and simultaneously demonstrates the need for us to protect ourselves, our economy, and our people.
That said, I’m not convinced the expected Biden administration will share the same concerns. Don’t forget what the then presidential candidate said while stumping in Iowa city in May 2019… China was “not competition” for the U.S. adding, “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man.” “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.”
OK Biden, guess again…
China is competition for us, and the CCP is playing a long game while we’re seemingly playing for the next four years until a new administration takes over.
Consider what has transpired since Fang Fang disappeared… In 2016, Trump was elected. The aftermath proved to be a rather unpleasant four years for China, given the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on the theft of intellectual property, as well as disincentives for American companies choosing to offshore to China.
So, what happens now? Will Biden’s team have the fortitude to truly crack down on China’s efforts to dominate?
I suppose if his cabinet is at all like him and doesn’t even believe China is competition, then most likely not. I hope his cabinet members don’t share his naivete.
And if they do? Good news for China. Bad news for us.
‘America First’ Shouldn’t Be Controversial
One of the president’s most valuable contributions in the last four years has been his focus on the threat of foreign economies displacing U.S.-based companies on the international stage. Too often, both democrats and republicans alike were willing to shake off the idea that American jobs were at risk. If the entire world economy grew more, then we’d ALL be better off, they told us. But that’s not true…
In any kind of economic cycle, there will always be winners and losers. Part of government’s job, in the effort of national interest, should be to guard against vast numbers of Americans losing their jobs to foreign competitors. It’s in the interest of our national security to ensure Americans can maintain their livelihoods.
But that hasn’t happened. Instead, the bigwigs in Washington have failed to recognize this – instead, they tout the cheaper cost of goods… “Look how many widgets you can buy at Walmart!” they tell us.
Who needs widgets when Americans need self-respect? And jobs?
I’d argue that many Americans would be willing to pay a little more for their goods, and go with a little less, if they knew there was better economic certainty in their lives.
And it wasn’t really until Bernie Sanders and Trump (who I’d argue was predated by Pat Buchanan, an American Consequences contributor) that anyone was voicing enough concern for America’s middle class.
Here’s the reality… In order to have a strong country, we need a strong middle class. That middle class saw some strength in the last four years… prior to the pandemic, median wages grew more than they had in the prior eight years. Tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs returned from China, and the stock market was higher. In some ways it was a great upswing – because all Americans could partake in it. Wage growth, job growth, and stock market growth were happening simultaneously together. But what happens now?
Much will depend on the outcome of the Georgia election, which I am covering in the next issue, publishing December 19. And much will depend on the attitude of Joe Biden – including his approach to trade, taxes, regulations, and China.
We saw during President Obama’s tenure how significant regulatory hurdles and higher taxes caused many companies to relocate their businesses offshore. Simultaneously, the anti-business rhetoric of the administration had the effect of limiting investment by U.S. corporations in additional infrastructure and employees. Though we managed to recover from the dark days of the 2008 financial crisis, it wasn’t as robust nor as fast a recovery as it should have been.
If you contrast the 2008 crisis with the pandemic of 2020, it’s clear that if the right economic policies are in place, the economy can stabilize.
Meanwhile, I’m sorry, Joe, but China IS trying to eat our lunch. We’re in the midst of economic recovery with multiple vaccines coming to market, but if we don’t engage in the right kinds of efforts to guard against economic erosion out of China, how will we manage?
During the Obama-Biden years, they tried to tell us to accept that America was going through a structural change. They tried to sell us the idea of a “new normal” and basically told us all to just get used to it.
But, as 2016 taught them – that message… that message of failure… that message of a “new world order”… it didn’t fly and the ensuing result was the presidency of Donald Trump… and the “taking back” of America, if you would, by everyday Americans.
Now, the danger to the democrats – and to the American economy – is that Joe Biden really doesn’t believe in the power of China. The danger now is that the new administration is willing to look the other way as deals are struck. Keep in mind, corporate America has little incentive to insist on keeping operations here. Corporate America needs to maximize returns for shareholders – as it should. But without a strong government looking out for that national interest of everyday Americas, we risk seeing corporate America calling all the shots – and selling out the American worker in the process.
I’ve said before, capitalism isn’t perfect and sure beats the alternative… However, it’s critical we continue to put America first. I realize this may be a controversial thing to say, but it shouldn’t be. After all, we are all Americans. But too many Americans in power – influenced by the extremists’ rhetoric from the Left or the deep pockets of corporate interests – have failed to deliver on this notion.
Trump or no Trump – America is a nation of high achievers, creative thinkers, and generous individuals who want to believe in themselves and our future together. It’s critical we rally together to combat any and all foreign economic threats
Episode 13: The Truth About the U.S. Economy
Guests: Stephen Moore, Tom Del Beccaro
- Leftist policies may destroy the U.S. Economy.
- Stephen Moore, the noted supply-side economist, explains the path to continued economic success.
- Plus, quarantine restriction hypocrisy from Democratic bigwigs could cost us all.
- Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party, analyzes the fall of California.
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December 10, 2020