China’s state-run media are calling for a “de-Americanized” world. Their government is pouring billions into expanding its military, building a space program and paying for U.S. debt. Chinese businesses are buying up American companies–while we send jobs their way.
For our April cover story, reporter and author Cheryl Chumley examines the moves China is taking to move ahead of the United States–militarily and economically. There’s still hope if we don’t want to play second fiddle–but we’ve got work to do.
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In early December, little 6-year-old Connor Johnson took to Fox News and, with his parents seated on either side, asked the nation to sign his White House petition for more money for space exploration.
He told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer why he cared: “Well, it’s like a bigger world out there. … It’s just so different. I would just like to be on a new world discovering something.” And Connor didn’t just talk the talk. He kicked off funding with the donation of his own allowance—the full $10.41 he had saved—to the National Aeronautic Space Administration.
But sometimes the dream doesn’t always manifest right away.
Go to WhiteHouse.gov and the spot for Connor’s petition now reads: “The petition you are trying to access has expired, because it failed to meet the [100,000] signature threshold.”
Meanwhile, headlines from around the media conveying the tone of U.S. space leadership on the international stage world echo the message from that petition’s sad fate.
From NPR in November: “China sets ambitious agenda in ‘Asian space race.’”
From Space.com in October: “Is the U.S. yielding spaceflight leadership to China?”
From IEEE Spectrum in December: “China: The next space superpower.”
And from PolicyMic.com in November: “China is going to the moon—and NASA is very concerned about it.”
And who can forget President Obama’s dramatic shift in NASA’s mission in early 2010, when he famously said one of the space agency’s primary goals was to bolster Muslim self-esteem? In July of that year, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in widely published comments that Obama tasked him with three things: “One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationship; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more dominantly Muslims nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and engineering—science, math and engineering.”
But guess who isn’t taking that touchy-feely approach? China.
China has stated goals to develop a space station that’s more powerful than the International Space Station, to launch its first satellites, and to place and operate a global positioning satellite system that rivals GPS. In 2003, China sent its first astronaut into space—only the third country, behind the United States and Russia, to accomplish this goal. In June, China sent three astronauts for 15 days into orbit; in December, the country landed robotic rover “Jade Rabbit” on the moon.
And Obama’s NASA policy? Americans are now hitching rides to space with Russians, at about $71 million per trip.
“If we are ever in a war with the Chinese,” said Gordon C. Chang, a prolific writer on China and Asian affairs, who publishes regularly at Forbes and the Center for Security Policy, “we will need people in space and the Russians may be on the other side of America. We need to be able to ferry people to and from the International Space Station.”
“China intends to militarize space. There’s no doubt about that, and [Obama’s] not doing enough to stop it,” Chang said. “It’s up to Washington to show some leadership, which it has not. This is a critical issue for us. You cannot have the Chinese dominate high space.”
JUMPING INTO THE LEADERSHIP VACUUM
As if these warnings weren’t enough.
It’s not just space where the Chinese seem to be making gains, while America falters. Debt, the economy, the military, even movies and Hollywood: Is America being pushed to the side? Is China taking over as the dominant world power?
In October, against the backdrop of the U.S. government partial shutdown and the inability of Democrats and Republicans to strike a deal on the budget, China’s news agency came out with this shocking notion: “It is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world.” The state-run news Xinhua went on to suggest that China’s holding of $1.28 trillion of U.S. bonds, at a time when American political leaders were bickering and dithering over the budget—and when Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was sounding the alarm on a default of debt—only proved the United States was in shambles.
The China news outlet said: “Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated. The cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising the debt ceiling has left many nations’ tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonized.”
De-Americanize? A decade or so ago, that idea would have been unthinkable, never mind unspeakable.
“China is clearly growing into a more powerful country. China’s influence will grow and America’s presumably will diminish,” said Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in foreign policy. “The rise of China means the United States will be living in a very different world than it was used to … and clearly, the change is uncomfortable for some.”
That’s certainly an understatement.
A dominant China and weakened America would have far-reaching impact on the world, said Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow for the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation.
“A China that dominates the world, which could come about if the United States does not get its own economic house in order, … would lead to a world that looks radically different than our own,” Cheng said as part of an email interview for this report. “The Chinese, under the rubric of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, would care little about human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion” or intellectual property rights.
Top-ranking U.S. military officials have issued similar warnings on China. … Adm. Robert Willard, former chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, reported that China’s military advancements have taken U.S. intelligence off guard. His exact words, reported in PolicyMic: “[China] has exceeded most of our intelligence estimates of their military capability and capacity every year.”
As the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SPIRI) confirmed, China is “demonstrating a sustained increase in their military expenditure.”
China’s newest president, meanwhile, has made no secret of his goal to bring the nation to the forefront of the international arena. In his first address to the nation after taking office on March 17, 2013, Xi Jinping cited the new China Dream as one that “spread[s] the Chinese spirit.” He didn’t specify the path toward achieving this China Dream—but retired People’s Liberation Army colonel Liu Mingfu, who wrote a book of the same name, thinks he knows Xi’s heart and intentions. In an interview with BBC, the colonel-turned-author said Xi’s dream is to make China the dominant power in the world—to achieve his vision for “a stronger nation with a strong military.”
SHOULD AMERICA BE WORRIED?
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