A national defense analyst says it is interesting to watch China’s communist leaders fight back as the world reels from the China-born virus that has spread death and misery around the globe.
The New York Times reported in a May 3 story that China’s problems are very real: Australia is demanding to know more about the origins of the virus, and Germany and Great Britain are expressing distrust about cooperating with Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that is suspected of being a willing agent of its country's communist leadership.
Responding to Australia's demands, China's state media mocked Australia as "gum stuck to the bottom of China's shoe," and threatened their trade partnership, since China takes one-third of Australia's exports.
In Europe, meanwhile, concerns over Huawei and its 5G network have grown to include concerns over pharmaceuticals and raw materials from China, the Times reported.
There was already growing anger against the Communist Chinese Party over its lies and deceit, the story explained, but China's diplomats around the world have been allowed to threaten, mock, and accuse their hosts at the same time those same countries are dealing with the virus.
“There is growing consensus that China cannot be trusted, which I would agree,” Bob Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel now with the Family Research Council, tells OneNewsNow.
Recruiting spies and making pills
Any blowback against China from the United States, for example, threatens to disrupt the authoritarian country’s success in Hollywood and academia, on Capitol Hill and in Wall Street.
When the Trump administration began pointing fingers at China, China’s state-run media reminded the United States where most of its medicines are manufactured, everything from ibuprofen to penicillin.
That threat predictably angered U.S. lawmakers who are now vowing to bring that manufacturing back to the U.S., but those plans alerted Chinese leaders who pivoted from veiled threats to diplomacy and pleas for cooperation.
The infiltration on university campuses is accomplished through the Confucius Institute, which U.S. intelligence views as an arm of the CCP for recruiting spies and stealing U.S.-based research.
Last week, the University of California-Davis became the latest to announce it was ending its partnership with the Institute, which means the CCP loses access to another campus and more students.
Cruz to Hollywood: Choose an ally
Responding to China’s reach in Hollywood, Sen. Ted Cruz this week announced a bill that would block cooperation between the U.S. Defense Department and film studios that censor their films for audiences in China, Politico reported.
Sen. Cruz said his bill will "serve as a wake-up call by forcing Hollywood studios to choose between the assistance they need from the American government and the dollars they want from China.”
MGM famously re-edited its remake of Red Dawn, making the invading bad guys North Koreans instead of Chinese paratroopers to satisfy China’s censors and its cinema audience.
Entertainment website The Wrap has reported how China's investors have poured billions into Hollywood in recent years, from buying theatre chain AMC to purchasing shares in production companies and video game publishing.
“China is a communist regime which is made up of 50 million people that control 1.3-billion plus people,” Maginnis points out. “And it acts like a communist dictatorship.”
So it is interesting to watch China fight back, he says, by using familiar tools of propaganda and leverage in the middle of the China-created pandemic.
“Even in this country,” Maginnis says, “they're using their prowess to buy up influence."