The Wuhan virus has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.
As China’s role in the pandemic becomes further understood, many
countries are not happy.
Now China is undertaking a bone-chilling action against the U.S. military.
There is growing sentiment that the United States has entered into a new Cold War with China.
The détente between the United States and communist China negotiated by Richard Nixon in the 1970s was meant to open the world market to China and force the country to moderate.
While China has somewhat embraced free markets, the country remains totalitarian and the Chinese Communist Party seems determined to aggressively expand.
A hot war between the U.S. and China would be disastrous, but that hasn’t stopped the escalating belligerence from the far east nation.
According to a recent report from The Washington Post, Chinese computer data firm Zhenhua has stored data on 2 million people, 50,000 of whom are Americans – of which many are in public office or military leadership.
Zhenhua stores this information in an Overseas Key Information Database (OKIDB) and uses it to offer clients pertinent details that could help them in relations with political actors and businessmen.
The Washington Post writes that the OKIDB database consists of, “Biographies and service records of aircraft carrier captains and up-and-coming officers in the U.S. Navy. Real-time tweets originating from overseas U.S. military installations. Profiles and family maps of foreign leaders, including their relatives and children. Records of social media chatter among China watchers in Washington.”
The Guardian reports that information from a Zhenhua stat leak has already been captured by at least one other cybersecurity firm.
China is not playing games.
All of their actions show they’re intent on being the world’s superpower.
And while that doesn’t mean we cannot engage in peaceful trade, the U.S. needs to understand that China has ulterior motives.
For example, China used its cheap labor to flood the market in certain sectors of the economy, and once they drowned out all competition, raised their prices.
Handing over so many manufacturing jobs proved to be a mistake in light of the coronavirus as China took advantage of essentially controlling the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Additionally, several Chinese spies have been caught operating on college campuses in the United States and Canada.
Donald Trump was one of the first prominent people to sound the alarm on the growing threat China poses.
Drone footage of Uyghur Muslims being herded onto trains and taken to concentration camps served as a chilling wake-up call.
China’s effect on western culture has also come to the fore due to high-profile incidents in the world of sports and entertainment media.
Ronald Reagan’s Cold War-era warning about the Soviet Union needs to be applied to China – “Trust, but verify.”