Throughout history, China has been recognized as one of the most powerful nations to exist on this planet. Dominance in the spice trade and the control over the Silk Road placed the Chinese Empire at a great economic advantage for centuries. Once European nations started to colonize the America’s, however, that took away focus from the materials and supplies Chinese markets produced. For 400 years China was in the background, becoming regarded as a third world country, especially during World War II when the Japanese invaded with ease. Things began to change though, when China industrialized and their political revolution restructured their government entirely.
After Mao Zedong established a communist regime, China became more unified, as they did not want a repeat of the invasion they experienced from Japan, and began to take control of surrounding areas, such as Tibet, persecuting the people who lived there. Over time China gained a tight grip over central Asia. This led to Richard Nixon creating an “Open Door Policy” with the Chinese government. This “Open Door Policy” gave foreign businesses a new market to enter. China could begin to trade with outside nations and gave outside nations the ability to build business ventures there.
Since then, investments in China from foreign companies have developed it into the multi- billion dollar market it is today. This, in turn, has set up the Chinese government to profit from these investments and created the ability for them to expand their influence. In past years it has been their policy to denounce already established governments of surrounding countries and try to control and absorb them, forcing that country to adopt Chinese communism. China has gained the ability to do this through the economic power they gained from massive increases in foreign investment. This creates an imminent threat to the United States.
Five years ago, a scandal emerged over a plan carried out by the Chinese government, called Operation Aurora, to steal private information from companies involved like Google, Microsoft, as well as the United States government. The scandal involved hacking the Gmails of Chinese human rights activists, and computers belonging the U.S. government, Western allies, the Dalai Lama, and American businesses.
Dave Aucsmith, a senior director of Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, found that the hacks on the U.S. government were an attempt to gain information on secret Chinese operatives living in the United States. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is still tied into trade deals and world peace organizations with China, in which the United States contributes several millions, if not billions of dollars and is required to pass and abide safety guidelines when involving themselves in different countries. All the while China avoids and dances around these barriers building power plant facilities and airports in third world countries even though funding from the United States is allocated to help build up these countries.
China’s immoral and rule-breaking practices do not stop there, though. The Chinese government, which financially contributes a minimum to the world organizations they participate in, go unchecked by these organizations when they deny the ability for smaller, less powerful countries that China has an interest in controlling, to join and try to benefit from what the organizations are supposed to provide. For example Taiwan, which was a safe haven for Chinese nationalists who opposed Mao Zedong, was blocked by China from entering the World Health Organization (WHO), because Taiwan wanted to register as an independent country. Chinese officials set a policy stating they would only let Taiwan join the WHO if Taiwan registered their sovereignty as a member of mainland China.
This is a new kind of Cold War that is being underreported and unappreciated by the media, first-world governments, and world peace organizations that are refusing to denounce China because of the wealth they have created for elite investors. The more China goes unchecked,
the more power they gain, and the more countries and cultures they denounce. Soon the Chinese government will have gained enough power and control that it will be nearly impossible for any government to combat their regime. This will result in tensions amongst countries opposing Chinese immoral and unjust practices. That is why it is necessary for the United States to disassociate American businesses, policy, and funding tied to China. Otherwise, this entanglement with their country will become the norm and make it almost impossible to keep their power from expanding. China is once again trying to assert themselves as the center of the world: this time, using their totalitarian, corrupt government to do so.
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