Special to WorldTribune, January 5, 2023
Commentary by Laurence F Sanford
It has not yet dawned on many that the United States is burning while China plays the fiddle. Waking up is the first step in confronting a deadly threat to our nation’s future.
Next, a “Quid Pro Quo” policy should be instituted in U.S.-China relations on an emergency basis.
Quid Pro Quo is a Latin term for “something for something.” Unfortunately, the “something” that China confiscates far exceeds the “something” the United States receives. It is all “quid” and little “quo.” The Biblical golden rule, “Treat others as you want to be treated,” does not apply to U.S. policy toward Godless regimes.
Examples of China’s “something” include:
Technology — China is engaged in the largest military build-up in history with the theft of American technology and intellectual property rights. Chinese hackers routinely steal data from U.S. defense industry corporations, banks, and government organizations. What is the U.S. government doing to reciprocate or stop the stealing?
Manufacturing — American cities and industries have been hollowed out with the transfer of manufacturing expertise and money to build up Chinese businesses. The initial hope of the globalist elite was that China, rising with Western aid, would join the world of free market democracies. Michael Pillsbury’s “The Hundred Year Marathon” dispels this delusion. Pillsbury points out that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) never intended to become more democratic. Instead, it intended to maintain power at all costs, and replace the United States as the world’s superpower.
Social Media — China banned Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other American social media companies from operating in China, but Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat social media companies run free in America. They corrupt our youth and interfere in elections while the CCP security apparatus collects vast amounts of personal data on Americans. The Chinese version of TikTok (Douyin) severely limits how long and what Chinese youth may watch. Nighttime use is banned. TikTok and WeChat should be banned in the U.S.
Opioid drugs — Fentanyl, which killed 100,000 Americans last year, is shipped from China into the United States via Mexican drug cartels. The cost of drug abuse in the U.S. during the Wuhan Virus pandemic was over $1.5 trillion (1,500 $billion). China ships the raw materials for fentanyl into Mexico for processing and distribution. Both China and the cartels make billions of dollars. The U.S. government should enforce both existing border laws and drug laws.
Trade deficit — In 2021, the U.S. trade deficit with China was $354 billion. The United States exported $151 billion in goods to China and it imported $505 billion. As of October, 2022, the deficit was $338 billion. China is able to create this massive imbalance by manipulating its currency, establishing trade barriers, tariffs, and outright banning/blacklisting of American products. The deficit does not address the U.S.dependency on critical industries such as pharmaceuticals, green energy, and rare earth minerals for defense.
Land — Why is it illegal for Americans to buy land in China but legal for Chinese to buy land in America? Often the land purchased is farmland near military bases. Retired Chinese Army General Sun Guangxin owns 200 square miles or 130,000 acres of Texas ranch land near Laughlin Air Force base. The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, owns 140,000 acres in Missouri, and is owned by the Chinese WH Group. Chinese assurances that no espionage will take place are meaningless. The Chinese National Security Law of 2017 requires every Chinese entity to commit acts of espionage if the CCP demands it.
Wealth — Wall Street has financed Chinese companies with billions of dollars. Yet China does not allow American audit firms to inspect their books — no American firm is allowed this freedom from an audit. American financial firms are severely restricted in China and subjected to intense scrutiny by the CCP.
Chinese Police Stations — China has established over 100 “Police Stations” throughout the world, including in Los Angeles and New York City, to hunt down Chinese dissidents through Operation Fox Hunt. These facilities are used by the CCP to suppress dissidents, gather intelligence, and transfer technology. To date, the U.S. government has not closed these stations.
Anal swab — The CCP subjected Americans to an anal swab upon entry into China during the Wuhan Virus (Covid-19) pandemic in 2021. Children were separated from their parents for days during quarantine. Yet the U.S. government and its State Department did nothing to reciprocate — it allowed the humiliation with no blowback. Judicial Watch had to sue under the Freedom of Information Act in order to obtain information on these humiliations.
Summary — China is engaged in war with the United States. The only thing missing is actual shooting. China is building the largest and most modern military force in the world. It is subverting and corrupting America from within with the capture of ”elite” leaders in politics, Wall Street, industry, social media, and academia. These “elite” continue to defend and explain away Chinese atrocities and their threat to America.
“Quid Pro Quo” — The United States should implement reciprocity immediately.
- No Facebook in China, no TikTok in America.
- No more Chinese graduate students in America than American graduate students in China.
- No 300-billion-dollar trade deficits.
- No Chinese spyware in American infrastructure.
- No green energy payouts to Chinese solar and wind companies.
- No American money for Chinese research labs.
The list could go on for pages.
The action plan is simple — If China engages in actions against America but does not allow America to reciprocate, then the U.S. shuts down Chinese actions in America.
Quid Pro Quo!
Peace Through Strength
We have met the enemy, and he/she is us.
Laurence Sanford graduated from Boston College and then served in the U.S. Navy Pacific fleet from 1963 to 1966. He then served as an officer in the clandestine service of the Central Intelligence Agency for over 4 years, including a two-year assignment in Hong Kong. Mr. Sanford serves as a Senior Analyst with the American Security Council Foundation and is also President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers — Florida Satellite Chapter.