“The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”
This familiar quote, widely attributed to Vladimir Lenin (though likely spurious), remains a central tenet of Marxist/Leninist thought. And nowhere is the assurance contained therein more engrained than in the rhetoric and policies of the People’s Republic of China.
President Xi Jinping has in fact been the purveyor-in-chief of China’s long march of influence and infiltration into South America, Asia and the Middle East. Accompanying the money and military might brought to bear is fear — a necessary commodity of domination well understood by the Chinese politburo.
By any measure, Mr. Xi has been effective. The West has proven quite acquiescent in the face of soft — and hard — Chinese aggression.
Robert Ehrlich is a former governor of Maryland as well as a former United States congressman and state legislator. He is the author of “Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming: Obama, Trump, and the End of Washington’s Regular Order,” in addition to “Turn This Car Around,” “America: Hope for Change” and “Turning Point.” Ehrlich is currently a partner at the firm of King & Spalding in Washington, D.C.