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June 26, 2005

Let's All Wake Up

A Washington Times item that's generating buzz this morning. Be sure to read it, because you won't see its like from a Canadian press fixated on the urgent matters of Karla Homolka's lesbian lovers and Stephen Harper summer barbeque circuit.;

"We may be seeing in China the first true fascist society on the model of Nazi Germany, where you have this incredible resource base in a commercial economy with strong nationalism, which the military was able to reach into and ramp up incredible production"

Not enough discussion is occuring in this country about the military ambitions of China, the investment of the Chinese government (read Chinese military) in our energy resources, and the implications of widespread Chinese espionage in this country- not nearly enough.
 China's rulers have adopted what is known as the "two-island chain" strategy of extending control over large areas of the Pacific, covering inner and outer chains of islands stretching from Japan to Indonesia.

"Clearly, they are still influenced by this first and second island chain," the intelligence official said. The official said China's buildup goes beyond what would be needed to fight a war against Taiwan.
    
The conclusion of this official is that China wants a "blue-water" navy capable of projecting power far beyond the two island chains.


Now allow me to remind everyone of the snickering in the press and among esteemed Canadian punditry on the left during the BMI debate over North Korea's capacity to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach North America.

The unsettling realization is that should overt hostilities break out between China and the US (and Japan), can anyone imagine a Liberal government led by Paul Martin (and heavily influenced by PowerCorp & Co.) standing anywhere but firmly on the side of "wait and see"?

via Neale and Drudge


SEE ALSO - via Newsbeat1, this Peter Worthington piece on the renewed interest in Sidewinder - the CSIS-RCMP report into Chinese espionage that the Chretien government ordered destroyed. A search on "Sidewinder" here should bring up other items, including links to photo images of the original draft report.


Posted by Kate at June 26, 2005 11:35 AM
TrackBacks

nuke china now from asiapundit
Dovish Richard at the Peking Duck made a couple of statements I can agree with about a Washington Times item on China's military buildup.:This extremely tendentious screed from Bill Gertz in the beloved Moonie Times is going to raise a [Read More]

Tracked on June 27, 2005 10:04 AM

Daily linklets 28th June from Simon World
* Colin Powell puts China's military build-up into realistic contexts. * Happy blogday, Mia. * The big risks of China's looming power shortages. The relevant point is when energy, like any good, is allocated by fiat rather than by markets, you get a li... [Read More]

Tracked on June 27, 2005 10:51 PM

Comments

I'd recommend to anyone as a followup to this the recent piece on China's strategic ambitions in the Atlantic Weekly. The archive is subcribers-only, but the beginning of it is here: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/prem/200506/schwarz

Confronting Islamic terrorism is certainly no small matter, but ultimately the defining feature of the 21st century is going to be China's emergence as a truly gloabl power and how the rest of the world (but especially the US and Japan) deals with it. And yes, the PRC is now aptly described as a fascist state.

Posted by: Dave J at June 26, 2005 12:21 PM

China is one of the few countries which could successfully land a viable Army on this continent. Now that, worries me.

Posted by: Paul of York at June 26, 2005 2:31 PM

Noticed this first thing this morning on Neale. Neither China nor Russia are our friends. But China is much more troubling because they have a lot more money than does Russia, and are building up their armed forces much faster. This is why I do not agree with allowing China to invest in either the US or Canada. Witness China's latest investment in Alberta's Tar Sands Project. This should not be allowed to happen. Wake up Canada and Alberta.

As for the Islamist terrorists, I'd hate to be them when the US is on the verge of an allout war with China. The first people to be eliminated will be several countries that now harbour terrorists. That will be one of the rare times I'll be watching CNN.

America has been very carefull in her response to international terrorism. When she finally wakes up to the threat of a China on the march woe be the terrorists.

My final thoughts concern Canada. When this happens just watch how fast Ottawa crawls under the protecting wing of America.

Posted by: John Crittenden at June 26, 2005 2:37 PM

Paul of York. If they attempt to fly them in they can be shot down. If they attempt to float them over they can be sunk. Submarines are another problem. My greatest concern though is an EMP attack prior to that happening. Just think about the chaos if that happens, even without an invasion.

Posted by: John Crittenden at June 26, 2005 2:44 PM

China has a lot of problems on its hands. How it deals with them affects us all.

Posted by: Steve at June 26, 2005 2:55 PM

A new twist on money laundering, or, The story of the Chinese Money Laundry.

A supposed struggling Oriental country is active in the Pacific - spreading surplus cash around to buy friends and influence.
http://www.abc.net.au/ra/news/stories/s1310337.htm

And in a similar vein, but closer to home when they donate $30million to The Bahamas to build a ‘temple to sport’.

And even closer to home when the very same country was in negotiations to buy Noranda with $9 billion in cash on the table.

And now they take a run at Unocal in the US.

And where does the money come from?
http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cidaweb/webcountry.nsf/VLUDocEn/China-Projects#57 (This long list of projects totals over $360 million, and mounting, that the good people of Canada have donated over the years.

I am just a simple country boy, and obviously lack the knowledge and intellect of the academic socialists who run this country. But hopefully there is someone out there who can help me with this quandary.

Why does the Government of Canada, with a significant national debt itself, borrow even more money - so as to give it to China - so they in turn can spend to buy friends, but worse still, come over here and buy up the country?

Is this in any way just a basic Chinese Money Laundry operation?

Posted by: Peter at June 26, 2005 3:34 PM

Maximally troubling, indeed.

It is clear that China desires to expand its murderous, fascist empire across the world. How far and how fast it will do it is the question. Hopefully, if America prepares proactively for whatever China dares muster, then America may succeed singlehandedly in putting an end to China's deadly ambitions for once and for all, and then restore democracy and freedom to that nation. Harder to predict is WHEN will the first Chinese move come.

I believe that the least Candada could do following the first move shall be to immediately invoke a War Measures Act or something similar. Then all Chinese state-owned property shall be confiscated and exploited for the war. Known spies shall be apprehended, imprisoned and interrogated as per controlled procedures as seem at Guantanamo Bay. The military would become the top national priority, with capability ramping up faster than at any other time in history.

Certainly enough of us have learned the lessons of history, ie. wrt. WWII and Hitler and the Imperial Japanese, etc. So I'm sure most readers of Small Dead Animals will understand what I have stated above.

Can we really afford to take the chance that what the Axis attempted last century will succeed this century? Can we afford to listen to the lefty peaceniks who'll gladly drop trou and grab their ankles when they see the enemy marching through their own residential areas? For the sake of all that is good in humanity, we must politely tell present-day Chamberlains to be silent if they have nothing helpful to add to the winning of WWIII.

But... relax. Don't be afraid of my words. Just keep in mind what I said so you won't be too shocked when these measures do take place. I have reviewed history and history is the precedent. The left can scream and run around naked in bodypaint all it wants today, but if our country is actually attacked, they'll shut up for sure, thankfully!

Posted by: Stephen McAllister at June 26, 2005 4:34 PM

Mr Crittenden, you're right of course, that would bring chaos to us more than them. We'd really get mad!!!! :)
Sounds like Taiwan or N. Korea may trigger savagery and sorrow. Hope not.

Posted by: Paul of York at June 26, 2005 5:42 PM

Does anyone know if Power Corp or Brascan has investments in China?

Posted by: walking eagle at June 26, 2005 7:13 PM

Power Corp investing in China you ask???


A little tale of corruption & intrigue...

It may pay you to spend a few minutes tracing the connections of Paul Desmarais and Power Corp. to the leading politicians, etc. of Canada. This association explains the Kyoto pact:

JOHN RAE: leading strategist for Prime Minister Chretien's election campaign. Was Executive Vice- President of Power Corp. and Paul Desmarais' right- hand man. His brother is....

BOB RAE: ex-NDP [Socialist] Premier of Ontario, who appointed....

MAURICE STRONG (his god father)to the chairmanship of Ontario Hydro, which he proceeded to dramatically cut in both skilled human resources and generating capacity [to provide a future need for power from James Bay]
Past CEO of Desmarais' Power Corp., Strong received an appointment to the UN as senior environmental advisor to the UN Secretary-General and Chairman of the Earth Council. HE was responsible for the Kyoto accords.

More on Moe Strong: www.afn.org/~govern/strong.html

PAUL MARTIN: The very same PMPM rose through the ranks at Power Corp., mentored by Paul Desmarais. Bought Canada Steamship Lines from him. Ran against Chretien for Liberal Party leadership.

JEAN CHRETIEN: Da hex PM. Daughter, France, is married to Andre Desmarais, son of Paul Desmarais, chairman of Power Corporation. Chretien's "advisor, counsellor and strategist" for the past 30 years has been ...

MITCHELL SHARP, who brought Chretien into politics when he was Finance Minister.
Sharp has been, since 1981, Vice-Chairman for North America of the corporate globalist
Tri-Lateral Commission.

DANIEL JOHNSON: Liberal [and Opposition] leader in Quebec Rose through the ranks of Power Corp. Key in delivering federal spending to Quebec based Power Corp. and other corporate welfare cases in the province

BRIAN MULRONEY: ex-Conservative Prime Minister. Now a lawyer and lobbyist for Power Corporation which, together with Ontario Hydro and Hydro Quebec, has just formed the Hong Kong-based ASIA POWER CORP., to help China to develop its energy potential. Power Corp.'s legal interests in Asia will be handled by a Hong Kong branch of Mulroney's Montreal law firm, Olgilvy, Renault.

PIERRE TRUDEAU: past PM and former Power Corp. lawyer. Introduced into the company by his father who had business connections to Desmarais. PET signed over millions to Power Corp. under federal grant programs. Desmarais funded his
election campaign.

So...we have the CONSERVATIVE party [via Mulroney], the LIBERAL party [via Trudeau
and Chretien], and the NDP [via Rae] all tightly connected to....Paul Desmarais and Power Corp. And we have the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister, and the Prime Minister's key aide all tightly connected to....Paul Desmarais and
Power Corp.

We now see the Power Corp. key alumnus in the UN Kyoto deal which so coincidentally benefits the (largely unpublicized) business interests of
Desmarais alumnus. Maurice Strong has now joined Brian Mulroney and Paul Desmarais in investing in the Asia Power Group's $100 million venture capital in "small coal-fired power plants being built in the south of China". They are also
looking at "larger projects in northern China, as well as in Malaysia, the Philippines and India." The Asian economies are expected to spend $1 trillion [US] on essential infrastructure, of which an estimated $400 billion [US] will be on power generation. Chinese and Asian labour costs are low - as low, in China, as $45 per month - and potential profits are enormous.

The Nov/Dec. 1993 issue of Council on Foreign Relations' publication FOREIGN RELATIONS contains an article, THE RISE OF CHINA, in which we are
warned that China will begin to use more energy than the United States within a few decades, massively straining the world's energy supplies. If you were a power company investment magnet where would you place your future fortunes? In a nation wracked with environmental paranoia or a
developing, unregulated energy hungry industrial giant? China is gearing up to be the world's dominant manufacturing power. Most of China's energy comes from the burning of soft, high-sulphur, highly- polluting coal. In 1991 alone, 11 trillion cubic meters of waste gases and sixteen million tons of soot were emitted into the atmosphere over China - and it has only just begun its long process of increased energy generation! The sulphur in this coal causes acid rain. The burning of the coal releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the most efficient "greenhouse gas" in the global warming process.

There are indications that Strong , Desmarais and their crones (under ghost corporate affiliates) are behind the current rash of buying of low grade coal mines in depressed nations to fuel these projects. But this is yet to be fully substantiated. Who would invest so massively in low grade coal when it was targeted as Kyoto taboo commodity?

Maybe someone who knew in advance they would be able to burn it with out regulation in China? Green house fears bottomed out the price of these coal purchases.

If it can be used for power generating fuel, you stand to have a very inexpensive fuel source. China continues to burn coal in it's power
production unregulated by Kyoto.

Now the real hook. You remember Maurice Strong? Desmarais' familiar and corporate confidante, ex Power boss, major investor in 3rd world coal fired energy enterprise? Well Maurice ended up appointed to the UN as head advisor to the UN Secretary-General on environmental affairs Is this irony? He was campaigned for that position
by Canada's PM's and diplomats. As such, he called a little multi national conference called Kyoto! Maurice and his friend Jean Chretien wrote and signed an agreement which effectively
will destroy their pal Desmarais' chief energy competitor (Alberta Nat Gas) and gave Power Corp investment in China coal/energy an enormous competitive advantage.

Anyone who thinks this as mere coincidence is unaware of the networking of internatinal corporate elites. This revelation makes it clear the Kyoto earth summit was a vehicle used by corporate (Strong/Chretien) bag men to create a huge global shift in power generation profits. They were backed by one of the worlds most
devious businessmen.

Oh, and Paul Desmarais? In September, 1993, he joined the Tri-lateral Commission. He spearheaded the Tri-lat initiative of promoting a Kyoto-like conference over concerns for the planet from carbon emissions produced by the DEVELOPED NATIONS.

And you thought it was all about saving the planet? For whom?

Posted by: Peter at June 26, 2005 8:34 PM

Good comment Peter and so true. These are the real enemies of a free Canada. Canadian politicians have proven for the most part that they can be bought. Not so different from the rest of the world I suppose. I hope Harper is different. I think he is.

Posted by: John Crittenden at June 26, 2005 8:56 PM

I don't think China would take the Western Hemisphere's ability to defend itself lightly. It may be the mother of all battles, but they will be on the losing end.

Posted by: Howard Larson at June 26, 2005 9:23 PM

Or if it gets out of hand and the mushroom cannisters start whistling around, the planet earth and most of it's inhabitants will all be on the losing end.

Posted by: EBD at June 26, 2005 10:03 PM

Wow! I believe Peter has shown that we have a much bigger problem than a renegade China - it's Canada's Power Corporation! We'll just get them to call up China and tell 'em to pretend to become a democracy!!!

Posted by: TomR at June 26, 2005 11:06 PM

Kate:
Excellent article and discussion. China's military/industrial complex and aggressive militaristic foreign policy pose a far greater threat to the free world than many of us realize.

Posted by: SpaceNeedleBoy at June 26, 2005 11:25 PM

An observation ...

I spent a few weeks last year in China on business, and nearly every morning I would read English versions of local and Taiwanese business papers. It was exceedingly clear by these papers that the increase in energy demand caused by China's accelerating economy, was in turn causing a sizeable and sustained increase in global energy prices. I'm not an expert in economics, but what I read was very much in line with the activity I was seeing in several cities, in comparison with what I had seen several years before.

The big news in Canada when I returned, however, was how the unrest in Iraq was responsible for the large jump in gas prices. Never a mention of China, at least on the radio news programs I listen to (I can't be bothered with TV). If it gets talked about here - and I listen for it - I haven't heard it (although I have seen it get some print in the newspaper back pages, or in economics and trade journals).

I often hear on the radio complaining about high gas prices. The situation in Iraq (by extension the U.S.) is often blamed, as well as the greedy oil companies, and of course U.S. growth itself, yet I NEVER hear about China or India being mentioned as significant factors even though this is common knowledge in Asia.

So I am convinced that those who bring us the 'news' are either lazy and incompetent, or dishonest (or both). But the lazy and incompetent excuse only works for so long (hell, all I had to do was just read a few foreign papers to see what was happening). In the end, then, what we're left with is the latter. Now, more than ever, I am very wary of the 'news' the media spews out.

In regards to the topic of this thread, if a response by our government to Chinese aggression against its neighbours were to be measured, at least in part, by public opinion in Canada, then I am very concerned by the quality of information that we're being given. To many reading this blog this is certainly nothing new.

Canada chose to stand not on the sidelines in Iraq, but at quite a distance. With China we're getting involved in something much more personal. I believe that, either by intent or accident, there will be a lot of confusion and arguing to come due to our collective ignorance.

Posted by: jon at June 26, 2005 11:32 PM

Good comment jon. Actually, you don't have to travel to China. There are many Chinese newspapers available in English. Not sure how perfect the translation is but they get the point across to me.

International online newspapers are a much better way to find out what is going on around the world than the local MSM. This is the one reason I now wish I had taken a few more languages in school.

Posted by: John Crittenden at June 27, 2005 12:20 AM

A few points on China:
1. PowerCorp cooperated with China on the Yangtze Dam Three Gorges project;
2. Think of all the "Team Canada" trips to China under Jean Cretin;
3. The project that would include Chinese investment in the oil sands hasn't been approved yet;
4. It's not just the oil sands we should be worried about -- whatever happened to the Chinese bid to take over Noranda (a major mining company of zinc and copper)? (Minerals needed to make aluminum and base metals for various weapons -- remember the Simpson's episode with the info-film on zinc?!.)

Now, one could argue that China needs these resources to build up its military. However, another plausible scenario is that in the event of war with the U.S. China would now be firmly placed to sabotage Canadian vital resources -- such as oil (including pipelines), zinc and copper (and who knows what else the Chinese own over here), that would otherwise be traded to the U.S. for their weapons. An excellent way to deprive an enemy of their resources.

Posted by: CanRev at June 27, 2005 7:59 AM

One more thing I just found, Noranda just finalized a takeover of Falconbridge, one of Canada's leading nickel producers. If China takes over Noranda, it also gets control over a large part of Canada's nickel production -- another strategic mineral....

Posted by: CanRev at June 27, 2005 8:03 AM

I'm awfully glad to read these comments from my Canadian neighbors. The kneejerk reactions from my many conservative friends about Canadians being socialists and heads buried in the sand, etc. etc. gets old very fast. Not the case at all.

I'm always looking for good stock buys and I recently found that Emerging Market funds in South American commodities are having good solid ROI. Looking at the prospectus and a little searching on the internet resulted in a startling tidbit of info. The SA funds are going ballistic because the Chinese gov't is purchasing lead, tin, and copper as fast as Argentina and Chile can produce these elements. The PRC is also investing huge amounts of capital into infrastructure in SA. Yup, I bought the stock because I am an unapologetic capitalist but one thing is certain. The PRC has taken a long view on a strategic plan to emasculate the USA and to be the big dog on the block. I'd take the US any day rather than the dictators of China. Most people would I think.

It's time to divert China's attention. A good start would be encouraging the Islamonazis to start fomenting trouble in China's far west. Let them tangle with each other for a while and give the N. Americans some breathing room.

Either that or have Bill Clinton rent out the Lincoln Bedroom to the Reds again.

Posted by: Patrick J Flynn at June 27, 2005 12:37 PM

Mark Steyn has some valuable thoughts on China.

"China won't advance to the First World with its present borders intact. In a billion-strong state with an 80 per cent rural population cut off from the coastal boom and prevented from participating in it, "One country, two systems" will lead to two or three countries, three or four systems. The 21st century will be an Anglosphere century, with America, India and Australia leading the way. Anti-Americans betting on Beijing will find the China shop is in the end mostly a lot of bull."

Read more..

Posted by: Cal at June 27, 2005 4:34 PM

Re acid rain in China. As a resident of Guangzhou, I can confirm that it stings like crazy if it gets into your eyes. The Southern China landscape now is nothing more than a hot, hazy, pollution-filled, area full of factories and brothels.

Re the nationalist side of China, I've witnessed the rise of this during the last 12 years and, yes, it has already surpassed the nationalism of what we read was evident in pre-war Germany, Italy, Japan etc.

The "us" and "them" mentality(i.e. we Chinese and you foreigners led by America) is staggering in China. And the expectation that China will directly challenge the US one day isn't debated over here, it's seen as an inevitable fact.

The govt here encourages a victim mentality complex and a sense of aggrieved history among the population (as in the recent anti-Japan riots) as well as teching all schoolchildren that The Middle Kingdom ruled the world for millenia before, several hundred years ago, the industrialised west stole it's technology like gunpowder etc. and usurped China's rightful place in the world. China incurred a HUGE loss of face and now China has started on the road to re-claiming it's rightful place in the world. Conflict with the US/allies is inevitable and welcome as it will be the herald of a new era of unrivalled dominance for China.

Also, don't expect China to start lobbing missiles anytime soon, it's not her style. Sun Zu's 36 Directives on waging war are almost all concerned with deception (1 spy is worth more than 1,000 soldiers, sometimes a war can be lost before it has even began etc.). Therefore, China will work behind the scenes, quietly, not attracting attention, undermining economies, cyber-war, propaganda war, building spy networks and maybe 10,000 other things that none of us here could even guess at.

I'm not saying we should all run to our nuclear shelters just yet but if anyone believes all that talk about China's peaceful rise and how China will never seek hegemony or use aggression against others, then they are a fool.

Thanks to Simon at simonworld.mu.nu for linking this article in his Daily Linklets.

Posted by: Joe at June 28, 2005 7:48 AM

You got some nasty right wing neocons in Canada too huh?

Posted by: Mama-San at July 4, 2005 1:56 AM
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