China will confront the United States “without a hold ban,” says a former national security adviser

According to former National Security Adviser KT McFarland, the Chinese Communist Party believes they are out of control and is recognized as a weakness in the United States to be promoted as the next global leader. Is strengthening the rhetoric about.

“They look at the rest of the world and say,’Okay, America, you’re where you are, but we want to lead the next world order.'” We want to be leaders in the non-white world, Asians, Central America, Latin America, the subcontinent and Africa, “McFarland said in an interview with the Epoch Times’ American Thought Leader program.

It uses racial debates to undermine American credibility, uses economic weapons to punish cross-border people, thwarts legitimate criticism, and democratic nations, according to McFarland. It means spreading the division between them.

“China plans to recreate the world with its own image. It’s our expense to avoid making mistakes,” she said.

“Hold prohibited”

To see Beijing’s plans “very open and straightforward,” according to McFarland, all you have to do is recall the recent diplomatic spats in Alaska.

“Nothing was achieved, but it was important because it showed China’s intentions,” she said.

According to McFarland, the meeting gave the opposite signal, even though Biden officials frequently claimed to be involved with China from a “powerful position.”

“It shows that the United States, at least the Biden administration, is in a very vulnerable position, which will resonate with our disadvantages around the world.”

“The United States brought a knife to the shootout,” she said.

“The Chinese … wanted to criticize the United States and humiliate us in our own land. And in doing so, they wanted to use the words of the American media and such awakened media. And those who say that the culture of cancellation and “America is a racist nation” were “thought in evil.” Such. They brought them back to American leaders. “

“It was intended to be humiliating,” she said. But instead of saying, “This is ridiculous,” the message from Secretary of State Antony Blinken was, “We’re not perfect, we’ll get there someday.”

“It was a kind of capsizing,” she said, calling it “humiliating in every way.”

Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi
At the opening session of the U.S.-China talks held at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska in March, Yang Jiechi (R), Secretary-General of the Central Foreign Affairs Committee, and Wang Yi (L), a member of the State Council and Foreign Minister of China, 2021. (Pool via Frederick J. Brown / Reuters)

For McFarland, CCP’s actions in Alaska “represented a real change in China’s approach.”

“They really put the gauntlets.”

“This is the new Cold War, Cold War 2.0.”-And unlike the “nuclear arms race” that fought against the Soviet Union, the Chinese have revealed that they “have no banned holds,” she said. ..

“In my opinion, the Chinese now conclude that their rise is inevitable and that the decline of America is inevitable. And they are economic, technical, diplomatic, military, and much more … We believe they are in a more dominant position in the world than the United States, or at least soon. “

Take advantage of US democracy

The United States sees its democratic framework as a major strength, but “Chinese understand that it can be vulnerable,” McFarland said.

“It’s easy to be an authoritarian country, because you just say something and then everyone has to obey it. And in democracy we discuss it and it There are winners, there are losers, and the Chinese understand it, “she said.

“That’s why their disinformation campaigns are so harmful and, frankly, so effective,” she said. “Because they can chase us to each other.”

Beijing’s recent influence campaign includes a parrot in the story of portraying the United States as a racist country, boasting the success of its COVID-19 vaccine while despising the United States, and a diplomatic victory over the conflict in Alaska. Includes advertising as.

“I don’t think they care if America is a racist, but they’re trying to get promoted to diplomatic rule around the world, so I want to describe America as morally flawed.” McFarland said.

McFarland, who spent his graduate school studying communism and revolution at Oxford University, warned of his tendency to see “useful idiots” (the Cold War term for people manipulated to advance the political agenda). within.

“If the Chinese are trying to move the world, I hope they don’t … but if so, it’s a useful idiot to get rid of them first,” she said. They said, “… the rights we enjoy in the United States are no more than the people of China.”

No red line crossing

According to McFarland, what makes the Chinese administration such a formidable enemy is the “all government approaches” they have gathered under an authoritarian model to silence dissent from the West. is there.

After the West jointly sanctioned Chinese authorities for human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Beijing created a nationalist storm to punish Western brands that refused to use cotton in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Under intense online pressure, singers, celebrities and models quickly emerged to break relationships with businesses for fear of potential backlash.

Farmer cotton field
On November 1, 2012, farmers picked cotton from a field in Hami, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. (China Daily / Reuters)

Similarly, Beijing retaliated with a year of economic sanctions after banning Australia from major Australian exports of coal, barley to wine and calling for an independent investigation into the origin of the CCP virus.

The Communist Party is “very smart in choosing the weapons to use,” McFarland said, describing trade and investment as one of the “strongest” leverages.

“From them [the regime’s] From a point of view, they think they are already in a dominant position, so no concessions will be made on their part, “she said.

“Which country, especially in democracy, would bring financial disadvantage to its own people to claim?”

According to McFarland, the Chinese administration’s long-term plan is to “choose one at a time, choose Japan, choose South Korea” and “use economic weapons to force these countries to bid for China.” is there.

She said it was a threat that required “the unity of democracy in the world.” “We are united, divided, and we fall.”