On the international stage, few governments are considered a global threat, except for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to the opinions of authorities in several countries.
One of the most recent personalities to warn about how dangerous the CCP is, is U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). He considers the CCP to be the greatest enemy of the United States, and therefore should be the top security priority for his country.
Hawley wrote for the National Interest: “Until our European allies make the necessary commitments to their own national defense, we must not put more American lives at risk in Europe while allowing China’s power to grow unchecked.” His comments came as he explained why he would vote against Sweden and Finland joining NATO.
He added: “Russia is still a threat, but the Chinese Communist Party is a far greater one.”
In order to provide clarity, it is useful to distinguish between the millennia-old nation of China and the CCP, which has forcibly imposed itself as the ruling communist government.
Likewise, Hawley described the Chinese communist regime as intimidating and trying to dominate neighboring countries, so that they will obey it, according to his August 1 article.
“The Chinese Communist Party seeks effective control over Asia and the Pacific. And it seeks power over the United States—power to dictate our terms of trade, power to take American jobs, power to weaken our economy, and make us dependent on Beijing,” Hawley emphasized.
For the senator, not stopping the advance of the CCP would mean the subjugation of nations, the invasion of Taiwan, the continued use of slave labor, censorship, and repression.
In turn, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), also from the U.S., stressed in an Aug. 3 article for Fox, on the threat posed by the CCP.
“Communist China is the biggest threat facing our country, and Biden is asleep at the wheel. Whether because of weakness, incompetence, misplaced priorities, or all of the above, America is losing,” were Rubio’s words.
He also noted, “Your tax dollars are going to Beijing, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases—and a regime whose state propagandist just suggested killing Nancy Pelosi—in the name of saving the planet.”
Warnings from other countries
The CCP’s egregious actions are so many that it was declared by NATO “a security threat.” NATO is the world’s most powerful military alliance, with 30 member countries.
NATO noted in late June that the CCP runs “malicious” cyber operations, maintains a strategic partnership with Russia, is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, and strives to dominate key supply chains.
In response to NATO’s statements, the CCP’s mission in Europe spouted its usual rhetoric: “When it comes to acts that undermine China’s interests, we will make firm and strong responses.”
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese commented: “We need to take into account the consequences to our security when we see China investing heavily in new modern military capabilities, long-range missiles, nuclear weapons … .”
Several international security agencies also agree, reiterating that the CCP poses a serious threat to the security of their countries.
The chief of British MI5, Ken McCallum, pointed out that there has been a seven-fold increase in investigations related to CCP activities compared to 2018.
McCallum issued his remarks during a joint meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray at MI5 headquarters in Thames House, London, last month.
In turn, Wray said the CCP is the “biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security.” Addressing leading figures from business and academia, he warned that the CCP is “hell-bent on stealing your technology.”
He also mentioned that it is taking advantage of cyber espionage to “cheat and steal on a large scale.”
He went so far as to state that if the Chinese communist regime were to invade Taiwan by force, “it would represent one of the most horrific trade disruptions the world has ever seen.”
Wray had also said in late January, “There is no country that poses a greater threat to our ideas, our innovation, and our economic security than China.”
Likewise, even U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin calls the CCP America’s main long-term military challenge.
CCP unpopular abroad
On the other hand, for Australian citizens, trust in the communist leadership is at historic lows, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Lowy Institute on June 27.
“In 2022, Australians are most concerned about China and the potential for a war over Taiwan between the United States and China,” said polling director Natasha Kassam.
She added, “Three-quarters of the Australian public say that China may pose a military threat to Australia in the next two decades.”
Even more negative is the American perception of the Chinese communist regime. The Pew Research Center noted that 82% of Americans have a somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the ruling country, according to poll results released on April 29.
About two-thirds of adults said that China’s (the CCP) influence in the world is getting stronger, and that coupled with its power makes it a major threat to the United States.
The perceived danger of the CCP has been ongoing over the past several years, as Pew senior researcher Laura Silver reported.
“Negative views of China have been high and growing for much of the last four years but what factors seem most salient has ebbed and flowed,” Silver stated.
Taking an even broader view, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the CCP of being “more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad” at the Asia Society in Washington.
And he projected the possible consequences of such a trend saying, “Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years.”
Blinken went beyond the trade and military rivalry that has characterized the relationship of these two governments, and extolled the advantages of democracy.
“Our task is to prove once again that democracy can meet urgent challenges and create opportunities to advance human dignity, and that the future belongs to those who believe in freedom,” said Blinken.
The CCP’s aggressions are growing in such a way that more and more politicians and people in other fields are stepping forward and proposing actions against the CCP.
One of the examples is that of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who shared her thoughts with former White House adviser Steve Bannon a couple of weeks ago, and said: “If I was in charge and I had my way, I would come down on China so hard.” she added, “I would kick out every single Chinese in this country that is loyal to the CCP. They would be gone. I do not care who they are.”
She supplemented, “I don’t care how much money you have, how much land you own, how many businesses you own, how much money you’ve donated to colleges and universities.”
Along these lines, the co-founder of social media platform Twitter, Jack Dorsey, went even further, calling for the demise of the CCP, in one of his tweets on August 6.
Dorsey republished a video in the tweet in which journalist Selina Wang showed the strict social control applied by the CCP, through the internet, on its citizens.
On another note, freelance writer and journalist, Gwynne Dyer, wrote: “The prevailing wisdom is that most people will put up with the dictatorship so long as the party also delivers constantly rising prosperity …”
He added: “That makes the regime very vulnerable if there is a bad recession, which happens from time to time in capitalist economies. Moreover, under Xi Jinping the party is stuck with another president-for-life, which tends to end badly everywhere.”
Based on these observations, Dyer predicts the possible coming demise of the CCP. The CCP remains equally threatening to the world, not only because of its aggressiveness but because of the disastrous consequences of its eventual defeat.