Amb. James Gilmore

Commentaries

Statement on the Deterioration of Relations Between China & The United States

Today Fareed Zakaria on his CNN Sunday show, Global Public Square, expressed regret over the recent deterioration of relations between China and the U.S. He said how bad it was that relations were “spiraling down due to a turn toward nationalism in both countries”.

This is a statement of moral equivalency between the world’s leading democracy and the world’s leading communist, authoritarian country. The assertion of joint responsibility is a terrible message but has the effect of working on the minds of Americans who will need the resolve to stand up to the aggression of this terrible Chinese government.

The American left-wing continues to use the so-called “mainstream media” to carry its message that America is no better than any other country. This is a dangerous falsehood. What is at stake in the Pacific is the freedom and sovereignty of billions of people threatened by Chinese aggression. History goes the wrong way if the U.S. determination to stand up for freedom is undermined.

No one wants a war between China and the U.S. However, China seems ready to start a war unless they are deterred by the certainty of American resolve. Zakaria sends a message of American lack of certainty.

The President of China just this week said anyone who “bullied” China would have its head bashed in. This is a direct threat to the UK for sending its ships into the South China sea. It is a direct threat to Taiwan, who we are pledged to defend against the Chinese threats of invasion, a conquest that would wipe out a budding democracy that stands as a rebuke to Communist China. It is above all a threat to the U.S. which with allies provides the only check on Chinese aggression.

China today is guilty of genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. China today is guilty of breaking its promise to respect the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. China is guilty today of controlling their own billion people through labor camps, faked-up laws, and courts, and their “civil scoring” that denies basic rights to Chinese citizens who don’t knuckle under to Communist authoritarianism

As a liberal, Mr. Zakaria is not capable of understanding what he just did, and the harm he does by asserting a moral equivalency between the U.S. and China. Zakaria should not be trying to weaken the resolve of Americans as we engage once again in this struggle between liberty and the new fascism emerging in the world today.