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Gordon Chang: If we don’t impose costs on the CCP for COVID-19, they will think they can do it again

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Conservative columnist and East Asian expert Gordon Chang joined the “Sara Carter Show” podcast Thursday to discuss the latest developments on the Chinese Communist Party and its potential to start a war.

Chang warned that the Biden administration is taking steps in the wrong direction that may cause dangerous implications for the U.S.

“[The Biden administration] says we should cooperate with China on COVID-19. They want to rejoin the World Health Organization, these are the steps in the absolute wrong direction,” Chang tells Carter.

“This was deliberate, that means this was mass murder. And that has all sorts of implications that the Biden administration is not willing to consider.”

“China is developing pathogens that will leave the Chinese alone, but will attack foreigners. So that means the next disease from China could very well be something that kills civilizations outside China. And this shows you the maliciousness of the Chinese regime,” he continued.

Chang also warned that Xi Jinping, the head of the CCP, may cause another deadly attack.

“If we don’t impose costs on China for deliberately spreading this disease. Xi Jinping will just naturally think that he can do this again,” Chang said.

“We’re giving incentives to China, because we’re supporting the World Health Organization, which China controls, because we know that the way that China got its false narrative out to the world, was a January 9 statement, and a January 14 tweet from the World Health Organization, propagating the false narrative that COVID-19 was not readily transmissible from one human to the next. This was when WHO senior doctors knew that it was highly contagious, but their views were completely shut out by the political leadership of WHO and Biden has just agreed to shovel hundreds of millions of dollars a year to those people who were complicit in attack that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of 1000s of Americans.”

Carter agreed with Chang that the CCP is trying to see how far they can push the Biden administration and asked him if he is concerned about Taiwan and India.

On Jan. 23, the Chinese military flew a large number of warplanes, including nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and fighter jets, to practice a run against the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

“Which means that China was practicing attacks on us,” Chang explained.

“We don’t know where they’ll strike next, but we do know It’ll be against our friends and allies. And we need to meet them there. Because if we don’t, we’re gonna be fighting them over here.”

Gordon’s book, The Coming Collapse of China, explains why he believes the CCP will not be able to sustain its behavior for much longer.

“Right now, although China looks pretty fearsome, its economy is barely growing, if it’s growing at all,” Chang said. “It’s got a demographic collapse on the horizon. And Chinese leaders, we know from their propaganda, are seeing a closing window of opportunity. We know they’re arrogant, we know they’re insecure. We know they think they can push Biden around. They believe that they got to do this quickly.”

“We’ve got to worry about China now, because this is the critical time where China thinks it does have maybe the last chance to accomplish the historic objectives,” Chang warned.

“We know that China is effective. We know that they’re malicious, we know that they can accomplish their goals. And that means our country’s at risk.”

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Rejecting Détente Offer, China Throws Shade at Taiwan’s New President

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China’s propaganda machine has responded to Taiwan President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration address, which was conciliatory to the mainland, with belligerence. Rather than accepting Lai’s olive branch of détente based on mutual respect, China used Lai’s inauguration speech to slander the new president, claim that he does not have the mandate of his own people, and threaten to use force on the island.

China Slanders Taiwan’s New President

China reacted to Lai’s inauguration speech by slandering the new Taiwanese president. A Global Times article asserted that Lai “wants to deceive Taiwan residents,” and is “malicious.” Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that Lai has “an extremely arrogant attitude and more radical views,” and that Lai’s inauguration speech was “[f]ull of hostility and provocation and made up of lies and deception,” according to another Global Times article. Similarly, Zhu Fenglian, another spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, called Lai’s actions “vile,” according to a third Global Times article. A China Daily editorial labelled him a “diehard separatist, ” while another China Daily editorial called Lai’s quest for Taiwan’s independence an “evil pursuit.”

China Claims Lai Doesn’t Speak for the People of Taiwan

Despite Lai winning Taiwan’s democratic election, China portrayed Lai as going against the will of his people. Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, called Lai is  “a traitor to mainstream public opinion on the island and a disruptor of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to Global Times. Zhu Fenglian, another spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that “insightful individuals in Taiwan have expressed deep concern” about Lai, “reflecting the shared sentiments of the majority of Taiwan compatriots,” and that Lai’s colleagues in the DPP party are “in fact very insecure and fear that compatriots on both sides of the Straits will come closer together,” according to Global Times.

China Threatens to Use Force on Taiwan

China also responded to Lai’s inaugural speech by issuing threats and not-so-veiled threats to use force against Taiwan. One Global Times article stated that “Lai’s ‘Taiwan independence’ remarks are playing with fire, and those who play with fire will be bound to get themselves burned.” According to China Daily, the naval exercises conducted around Taiwan by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from May 23-24 in response to Lai’s speech were “legitimate countermeasures” that send “a clear message that [the PLA] will prevent ‘Taiwan independence’ at all costs.” Another China Daily article stated that the Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun “…left no one in any doubt that should it prove necessary Beijing will not hesitate to use force to quash any bid to divide the nation. Calling the separatists’ pursuit of ‘independence’ an act of self-destruction, he stated unequivocally that ‘Whoever dares to sever Taiwan from China will be crushed.’”

Another Global Times article maintained that “[t]he actions of the Lai authorities will definitely invite lessons and countermeasures from the mainland” and that “[i]f Lai tries to escalate tensions in the coming years, the mainland will respond and use all available tools to make the Taiwan authorities pay a heavy price.” A third Global Times article, quoting “analysts” stated that “the pursuit of ‘Taiwan independence’ is a futile endeavor that will lead to detrimental and calamitous consequences for Taiwan island.”

Rather than accepting Lai’s reasonable offer to resume cordial relations based on mutual respect, China has chosen to ratchet up its propaganda attacks against the island. As China continues to beat the drums of war, will Taiwan hold the line?

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