The risk of a military clash between the United States and China has recently escalated as the tension between the two superpowers has increased, amid signs of a new Cold War.
Following the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston last week, a furious Beijing has retaliated by closing the U.S. consulate in Chengdu on Monday, after giving them the same 72-hour time limit to vacate as they had been given in Houston.
“The consulate has stood at the center of our relations with the people in Western China, including Tibet, for 35 years. We are disappointed by the Chinese Communist Party’s decision and will strive to continue our outreach to the people in this important region through our other posts in China,” a State Department spokesperson told CNN.
China expert Gordon Chang warned the United States that the communist party of China has been involved in “very dangerous activities, especially against the U.S. Navy and the Air Force” during the past few years.
Speaking to host Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co” on Monday, July 27, Chang said, “You have Chinese General officers and some civilians just want to kill, they’ve got a blood lust,” said Chang. On June 15, “in a pre-meditated attack they killed 20 Indian soldiers,” said Chang.
“When a militant power wants to kill in great numbers, it usually succeeds,” Chang told host Stuart Varney in reference to a 2018 incident in which two U.S. airmen piloting a C-130 aircraft were injured by a “military-grade” laser.
“When you try to blind the pilots of an American plane, you’re trying to bring it down and kill the crew,” said Chang, adding, “there have been the sonic attacks against U.S. diplomats at the Guangzhou consulate at about the same time causing brain injuries.”
Chang, the author of the new book, “The Great U.S.–China Tech War,” considers Beijing under Xi Jinping to be similar to a “1930’s Japan.”
In response to the closure of their consulate in Houston, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday, July 24, “The current situation in China–U.S. relations is not what China desires to see, and the United States is responsible for all this.”
“We once again urge the United States to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track,” he added.
Varney questioned whether China thinks “they can beat President Trump” with such aggressive tactics,” Chang replied, “I think they probably believe that they can and, at least, we know that they are trying.”
He added that the CCP has “engaged in a malicious disinformation campaign on the coronavirus [and] and also on the George Floyd protest.
“We believe, although this is unconfirmed, that that Houston consulate we closed down had links with U.S. protest groups. We have seen China try to bring into the U.S. items which would be very useful for a protest movement. We don’t know for sure but there is a lot that needs to be investigated,” said Chang.