Bjoertvedt via Wikimedia Commons

China’s neighbors know the neighborhood bully can never be trusted. The Beijing regime which the West believed for decades would – with increased trade and prosperity – evolve into a country that wanted to get along with the rest of the world. That hope has been proven wrong.

Everything that comes out of China has to be taken with a grain or even pound of salt. Beijing’s spokesmen serve the interests of the Chinese Communist leadership and its growing imperialistic ambitions rather than the truth. They lie about the country’s economic performance and about her treatment of her own citizens. They call concentration camps “vocational training facilities” as they dismiss their imprisonment of as many as a million of their own citizens, they cover up the spread of the Wuhan virus for weeks or months, putting millions outside China at risk and they pursue outlandish territorial claims that keep their neighbors on edge.

While we have been focused on terrorism emanating from the Middle East and domestic problems here in the United States, Beijing has been quietly and not so quietly proceeding with plans to weaponize just about everything in her quest to dominate first her own neighborhood and then the world.

Last year Vietnam and other Southeast Asian Chinese neighbors suffered a life-threatening drought. These nations are dependent on water from the Mekong which flows through China before reaching their farmers and lands. Last year it seemed to be drying up with water levels along the border between Thailand and Laos eleven feet lower than normal. The culprit, as it turns out, was not “global warming” or “climate change,” but eleven new hydro-electric dams Beijing has constructed upstream of its neighbors. These dams provide not just electricity, but control over the water neighboring countries need to survive.

And last year, they tested that power while dismissing charges that they were having any impact whatsoever on the drought south of them because they were themselves suffering from drought conditions upstream. Turns out that was a lie. Recently released data revealed that China last year was getting more than the usual rain that might be expected in the area, but was nonetheless refusing to release the water her neighbors so desperately needed.

Brian Eyler, Southeast Asia program director of the Stimson Center in Washington who has studied the data dismissed Beijing’s feigned innocence for what it is: “Either Beijing is lying or their dam operators are lying to them. Somewhere, someone isn’t telling the truth.” It’s a safe bet it wasn’t the dam operators who were lying. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got it right when he called China out on the lie, blaming the drought on “China’s decision to shut off water upstream.”

Japan and some of China’s other neighbors are taking steps to insulate themselves from Chinese influence by bringing manufacturing that has been outsourced to their giant neighbor over the last few decades home. Other nations including our own are contemplating similar steps as China’s leadership makes it clearer that she wants not just our jobs, but is aiming at world domination.

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David Keene has been at the center of conservative politics for decades. He is a former Chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom and the American Conservative Union and has served as the elected President of the National Rifle Association. He worked as a campaign consultant, lobbyist and commentator. His writing has appeared in Human Events, National Review and many other conservative publications and remains Editor at Large for The Washington Times after more than four years as the paper’s Opinion Editor.

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charles biller
charles biller
1 year ago

MR. Trump should NOT NOT allow ANYBODY IN THE UNITED STATES to buy or any dam thing to do with china or any of their associates until they show that their WORD is worth a damm!!!!

Anna V. Difino
1 year ago
Reply to  charles biller

I feel that the USA should always have a national Security plan implemented & the border wall should have been been built decades ago, the Corona Virus would never have entered the USA had president Trumps Emergency Declaration Plan & Border Wall been funded when he wanted to implement it when he was first elelcted into office , I feel Governor J.B. Pritker & President Trump& their administrative team are doing a good job so far, Every body needs to know China is filled with Communisism , & the USA is hated by many, Nobody should enter the USA Illegally with or without their kids ever again . All need to be made aware that many Illegla s are renting other peoples kids while promising their parents that their kids will be well cared for when they enter the USA of course on the backs of the Ameerican people . this practice of stealing from Americans spitfully needs to end so does Santuary Cities & states, for harboring fugatives is totally against the law. There is not just one ethnicity or teo in the USA, the forgotten ethnicity of the White people must be attended to as soon as possible.

Helga Renfro
Helga Renfro
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna V. Difino

Trump can not change these laws by himself. He needs the house and the senate helping him . So come November lets vote all republican so he can do it in his next term.

Anna V. Difino
1 year ago
Reply to  charles biller

I feel that the USA should always have a national Security plan implemented & the border wall should have been been built decades ago, the Corona Virus would never have entered the USA had president Trumps Emergency Declaration Plan & Border Wall been funded when he wanted to implement it when he was first elelcted into office , I feel Governor J.B. Pritker & President Trump& their administrative team are doing a good job so far, Every body needs to know China is filled with Communisism , & the USA is hated by many, Nobody should enter the USA Illegally with or without their kids ever again . All need to be made aware that many Illegal’s are renting other peoples kids while promising their parents that their kids will be well cared for when they enter the USA of course on the backs of the American people . this practice of stealing from Americans spitfully needs to end so does Santuary Cities & states, for harboring fugatives is totally against the law. There is not just one ethnicity or teo in the USA, the forgotten ethnicity of the White people must be attended to as soon as possible.

William Moore
William Moore
1 year ago
Reply to  charles biller

Only fools trust communists. It’s about tome everyone started believing this adage.

Bill2
Bill2
1 year ago
Reply to  charles biller

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controls the nation and if history is any indication, can never be trusted. A well know protest in 1989 referred to Tienanmen square incident by the Chinese, was a protest by thousands of students and intellectuals about the economy and corruption. China sent in the military with heavy armored vehicles and tanks to put an end to gathering. Government later reported 200 victims, western journalists reported up to 800, and the Chinese Red Cross reported up to as many as 3,000.

More recently is the SARS virus in 2002. China first reported it as pneumonia in November 2002. As the virus spread, it was downplayed by China for almost 2 months, then finally reported to the WHO who issued a warning in April 2003.

The SARS virus is a corona-virus similar to the current pandemic we now face. Some believe the SARS was altered in the lab to become more transmissible in humans and the result is what we now have in the pandemic. There is little doubt among some sources that the current virus, COVID19, was released from the bio lab in Wuhan China. Was it accidental or intentional? China lied for weeks before reporting it, and even then without providing critical information about it.

Should we trust China in the future? NEVER.

Weck
Weck
1 year ago

Never, never, never buy anything made in China!!!

skai
skai
1 year ago
Reply to  Weck

Weck Agree with you 100% We have stopped buying any thing made in China .Hit them where it hurts the most …..Their Pocket.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

China did NOT deceive the liberal Countries. They illegally PAID liberal members of these Countries. STaRT with Biden . You certainly do not have to deceive him. Just PAY him.