Opinion

The United States has been exposed to serious threats caused by China under the supervision of previous administrations. Fortunately, the United States now have President Donald Trump, who understands and succeeds in coping with the Chinese communist regime, according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“For the first time in a generation, we have a president who realizes that China and its communist leadership pose a challenge,” Gingrich wrote in his new book “Trump Vs. China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat,” which was released on Oct. 22. “President Trump has begun to take on this communist dictatorship in a variety of ways. The Trump administration is the most methodically critical of China—and the most committed to developing serious strategies to counter the communist dictatorship—that we have seen in at least a half-­century.”

Gingrich frankly admitted in The Heritage Foundation on Oct. 24, that he and other Americans were wrong to approve China joining the World Trade Organization, hoping in vain that China would learn to follow rules, open up its markets, and open up its political system.

“The Chinese model was in fact to figure out how to exploit and violate the rules, not how to operate with them,” Gingrich said. “The system we’re competing with is profoundly different than our understanding of it and it’s further delusional because we have a number of people who have become billionaires dealing with China and they deal with China at a level of so much profit that they don’t want to think about the nature of China.”

Then he pointed out the fact that former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg claimed in late September that the Chinese regime is not a dictator.

Gingrich mentioned striking examples to show how dictatorial the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is. He said, “How you deal with a million people in concentration camps in western China, the crushing of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, the hunting down to the Falun Gong breathing society?”

He said he found it “weirdest” as the Chinese regime persecutes Falun Gong, a peaceful set of meditation exercises, just because of the practice’s popularity. “There are so many people who belong to Falun Gong, that sheer number scares the Communists, so they hunt these people down,” Gingrich said. “So breathing wrong can get you disappeared.”

Gingrich warned that the CCP is trying to meddle the United States in an attempt to remove Trump out of office. “To put it bluntly, President Trump’s leadership is working; and China wants a different American president,” Gingrich wrote in his book.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at The Heritage Foundation on Oct. 24, 2019. (Screenshot/YouTube).

Another warning of Chinese threats has been raised by Air Force Brigadier Gen. Robert Spalding, author of the book, “Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept.”

Spalding reveals China’s ploys, such as installing Confucius Institutes in universities across the United States to control Chinese students and spread communist narratives, offering enormous sums to American experts to support moving technology to China; Signing a 30-year nuclear cooperation agreement with the US, which was first negotiated by the Reagan Administration and renewed in 2015 during the 2nd term of President Obama.

Spalding’s book is an alarm to wake up American elites, who do not recognize the threats of the Chinese regime to the United States or even criticize President Trump for his hard stance on China.

The Trump administration’s strategies on China are strongly complemented by Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese self-taught lawyer who fled to the United States after being persecuted by the regime.

“Unlike many of his predecessors in the White House, Trump appears to understand innately the hooliganism and brutality at the heart of the CCP. He comprehends that—whether in the realm of trade, diplomacy, or international order—dictatorships do not commonly play by the rules of democratic nations,” Chen wrote on The Washington Post on Aug. 30.

“While past administrations have curried favor with the CCP (“appeasement” is not too strong a word), Trump has made exercising the party’s growing corrosion of U.S. society—from business and the media to education and politics—a focus,” said Chen, who is currently a member of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.

Chen Guangcheng speaks in Washington in August 2012. (AP)

Chen praised various decisions of President Trump toward China, such as setting tough policies on “CCP-controlled corporations like Huawei and ZTE”; requiring CCP-run media companies to register as foreign agents; subjecting Confucius Institutes to intense scrutiny; sanctioning human rights abusers around the world, including a CCP official; sanctioning three Chinese nationals committed fentanyl trafficking; meeting with 27 religious persecution victims, 4 of them fled from repression in China, including a Christian, a Falun Gong practitioner, a Tibetan Buddhist, and an Uighur Muslim.

“Some contend, with justification, that Trump has not made democracy and freedom central to his foreign policy. But where China is concerned, dissidents, both within China and in the diaspora, note and appreciate what he is doing,” said Chen, who suffered imprisoning, house-arrest and beats for his work in China.

“The CCP’s 70-year rule has been marked by extreme bloodshed, with more than 40 million Chinese killed in state-induced famines and political movements in the mid-20th century, roughly 10,000 slaughtered during the democracy movement of 1989 and innumerable lives lost under the one-child policy,” Chen wrote. “Today, the party is as reliant on lies, violence, fear and corruption as ever: Coerced prison labor and land seizures are common, economic inequality is stark and countless citizens are routinely locked up for their beliefs, including Tibetans and Falun Gong members, human rights lawyers and activists — and the roughly 1 million Uighurs detained in camps.”

In the conclusion of his writing on the Washington Post, Chen stated: “Trump, with an admittedly unorthodox style, is trying to break down the systems, and the concessions, that have allowed the CCP to operate unchecked for too long. He deserves credit, not criticism, for saying: Enough.”