How and Why China Became a Global Threat


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Chances are the world is heading towards a conflict with China, not just over Taiwan, but also over Chinas military expansion and imperialism. So how did we get to this point? The answer is more complicated than it seems. There are two driving factors that have resulted in China becoming a world leader and displacing the United States as the worlds leading trade partner. These two factors are Wall Streets lust for profits, and a hidden way on communism.

Wall Street with its unbridled lust for profits led to various free trade agreements that encouraged companies to move their factories to China. China has fewer labor rights and few environmental laws as compared to the United States. Why would companies want to stay in the United States and pay livable wages, social security on their workers, workers comp insurance, health insurance, property taxes... etc, when they can move production facilities to China, pay pennies on the dollar and keep the profits? The flip side is those same companies are handing cutting edge technology to a communist government. China does not even have to develop their own technology when companies like Apple, Google, Dell, Cisco... are giving their technology to China. In order to build an Apple phone the Chinese company has to have access to design plans and technology to build the phone. Same thing goes for Cisco routers and switches.

After the Vietnam conflict it became evident that we can not fight an armed conflict with communism. Rather than drafting young men from rural areas and sending them to the other side of the world to fight a war over and idea, a theory developed that if we take our factories, send them to nations prone to communism, give peasants jobs, give them enough money to buy stuff, ideas of a communist revolt will fade away. Traditionally, communist revolts began in rural areas then spread to the urban areas. Jobs, money and debt slavery were seen as a way to fight the expansion of communism. As long as peasants have a roof over their head, clothes on their back, and food in their kitchen, those people would not band together for a communist revolt.

What happened was a mixture of the goals of introducing capitalism to communist prone areas. Communism has not expanded at the same pace it did in the mid-20th century. But that was probably due to the number of nations who would have turned to communism already did. So moving factories to Asia and putting peasants to work probably did nothing to stall the expansion of communism.

What Wall Street did achieve is to give communist regimes access to cutting edge technology. Without technology from the United States, France, Britain, Germany.... chances are China would be decades behind where they are today in technology. Chances are China would not have been able to build the Three Gorges Dam, would not have a space program..... nothing. They would be decades behind where they are today. Rather than slowing the expansion of communism, free trade has made communist regimes stronger.

So where do we go from here? China wants the microchip factories in Taiwan. If China seizes control of Taiwan, they will control a large portion of the global source of micro-chips, processors, memory modules... etc. The easy solution is to move those factories out of Taiwan and to somewhere in the United States, but that probably will not happen. Chances are the world will go to war because Wall Street has a lust for profits. We will go to war with a nation we helped build, develop, and provided technology to. But this war will be different than other wars as the United States has moved so much of our manufacturing base to China we will be unable to sustain a prolonged conflict with a global super power. So many of our steel mills have been demolished we can barely make our own steel. We do not even have the ability to make our own processors, memory chips, and circuit boards. A large portion of our medical supplies comes from China. If we do not make our own weapons of war, how are we suppose to fight a war with China?