The Financial Times in the UK cited the draft paper of an EU plan on November 29, in which the EU calls on the U.S. to forge a new global alliance to meet the “strategic challenges” posed by China (the Chinese Communist Party regime).
It said in the press release titled “A new EU-U.S. agenda for global change”: “As open democratic societies and market economies, the EU and the U.S. agree on the strategic challenge presented by China’s growing international assertiveness.”
It proposes that the EU and the U.S. join forces to, among other things, harness rapid technological change and face the challenges of rival systems of digital governance; develop a common transatlantic approach to protecting critical technologies in light of global economic and security concerns – starting by discussions on 5G; intensify cooperation to facilitate free data flow with trust; and strengthen democracy, uphold international law, support sustainable development, and promote human rights around the world.
The proposal was expected to be endorsement by the European Council and would then be launched at an EU-U.S. Summit in the first half of 2021.
Coincidentally, the “Halifax International Security Forum” headquartered in Canada recently gathered views of more than 250 experts and leaders from across the world, including senior government and military officials, policymakers, opinion leaders, academics, members of the business community from like-minded nations, and released a handbook titled China Vs. Democracy - The Greatest Game.
The handbook highlighted communist China’s threat to democratic countries with detailed evidence in relation to the CCP’s oppression inside China, its race for technology supremacy, influence campaigns against democracies, the military competition that may determine war or peace, and its ambitions for global domination. It claims to be one of the first comprehensive attempts to chart the broad China (CCP) challenge.
In the 21st century clash of great powers, the EU would stand with the U.S. over China, European Council President Charles Michel told the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2020.
“We are deeply connected with the United States. We share ideals, values, and a mutual affection that have been strengthened through the trials of history,” he said.
On July 23, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the whole world to unite against the CCP, and exposed the CCP’s lie that it represents 1.4 billion people. He promised that the United States would no longer allow the Chinese Communist regime to kidnap the Chinese people; the United States will lead the free world, stand firmly with the Chinese people, and jointly defeat the CCP’s tyrannic dictatorship.
In an interview with Mark Levin of “Life, Liberty & Levin” in Washington, D.C. on September 27, Pompeo talked about the CCP’s aggressive conduct and the U.S. strategies to cease the “appeasement” policy, as well as the establishment of a global coalition to counterattack the CCP’s hegemonic expansion. The EU’s new draft paper will certainly revitalize its alliance with the U.S., echoing Pompeo’s call in taking on the challenges presented by the CCP.
The U.S. is counterattacking the CCP on all fronts. And countries in the international community, both in the east and west, are forming an “alliance of democracy” to resist the CCP threat. The U.S. has Japan, Australia, Britain, Canada, the EU, NATO, and ASEAN member states as its allies, and all of them share the same universal values.
The CCP is not a normal political party or a regime, but a representative of the evil communist spectre in the human world. The steps taken by the communist spectre to dominate the world aim to destroy the traditional values and ethics in Western countries. The CCP intends to change the international order by taking advantage of the loopholes in democratic societies, using freedom of speech to spread the fallacies of “atheism,” and obscurely extracting nutrients from the free world.
However, after decades of dormancy and submergence, the CCP now finds it more difficult to continue concealing its true colours and its ultimate goal to dominate the world and destroy mankind.
This year, while other countries are busy grappling with the pandemic originated in Wuhan China, the CCP has acted aggressively in respect to Taiwan, Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and on their borders with India, which triggered more alarms to the Western world. The United States, Canada, and the European Union agreed that the CCP represents the main challenge to the values of the democratic world.
At present, democratic countries have largely changed their attitudes towards the CCP. In the past decades, they believed that economic prosperity would bring freedom and democracy to China, but the deadly and devastating COVID-19 has awakened them and helped them realize that the CCP is the most vicious “virus” that endangers the entire world.
Nathalie Tocci, director of the Institute of International Affairs (IAI), an Italian think tank, believes that China’s unfair trade practices, its growing competitiveness in advanced technologies, patterns of Chinese investments in critical sectors across Europe and the United States, Beijing’s record on human rights, its growing military capabilities, and Beijing’s use of disinformation and propaganda to reshape global narratives, which has grown even more aggressive around its early suppression of information about the coronavirus, have all contributed to growing concern about China’s influence.
U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien emphasized in a speech on September 23 that the Trump administration is building an international consensus aimed at countering increased Chinese aggression in multiple forms. For example, the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, and other countries have successively withdrawn their cooperation with “Confucius Institutes,” which critics say the CCP uses for covert spying and influence operations to export its ideology; the Australian government has launched a crackdown on covert Chinese influence and infiltration operations and taken a leading role in calling for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19, which first emerged in Wuhan, China; and Japan is backing tougher U.S. policies by offering incentives to Japanese companies to relocate manufacturing plants from China to Japan.
Mark Warner, Democratic vice-chair of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, sees the threat from communist China and believes that the CCP leaders are developing “a model of technological governance,” saying that “Beijing is intending to control the next generation of digital infrastructure, and, as it does so, to impose principles that are antithetical to U.S. values of transparency, diversity of opinion, interoperability, and respect for human rights.”
The promotion of a global alliance to counterattack the CCP has taken specific steps towards success. On August 5, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the framework of a “Clean Network” to ensure a secure 5G network. So far, at least 180 telecommunications companies in 53 countries, which account for two-thirds of the global GDP, including dozens of world giants, have joined the “Clean Network” initiative and will no longer use equipment and technologies provided by Chinese companies such as “Huawei.” The EU has also launched its “EU toolbox for 5G security,” and 27 NATO countries have already joined the “Clean Network” project.
The United States calls on governments and industrial allies around the world to join this growing trend of the “Clean Network,” which would strengthen protection of their citizens’ privacy and their companies most sensitive information from aggressive intrusion by the CCP’s network. At the moment, there are still quite a few countries that are eager to expand their 5G networks, but got stuck in the CCP’s muddy “online version of the Belt and Road” without realizing the danger.
The fight with the CCP is not merely a trade war, a science and technology war, a military war, and an information war, but also a war on faith and ideals. Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador for the International Religious Freedom Alliance, said in a recent interview that the CCP has exported its repressive model abroad, to the detriment of freedom across the globe. But “authoritarianism ultimately can’t defeat faith.” This is a battle they will not win.
The “war on faith” is the crux to this battle between good and evil. In the face of such a huge battle, people must distinguish between good and bad, and one should not hold any degenerated thinking such as “straddling on the fence.” Some nations are holding back due to fear of the CCP, but may be doing so because they are “going with the stream,” or being “muddleheaded,” or even “adding fuel to the flame” or “being blindly tolerant.” All these behaviours are no less than helping a tyrant to do evil and holding a candle to the devil, which have helped the CCP to become an uncontrollable cynic beast.
Facing the current contest between justice and evil, governments and the people in each country must take a stand between good and evil. The banner of justice is already being upheld high in free societies in the international community and we are at a critical moment to gather strength on a global scale. There is no room for compromise or hesitation in the battle between good and evil; it is a matter of life and death, and one’s destiny is hanging on a single thought.
There is in fact no grey area for those countries that are still lingering outside the “Clean Network” program or “straddling on the fence.” They should, in order to strengthen national security, join the global defence system as soon as possible and together with others build a solid fortress against the CCP. This would truly be a wise action to take.
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