C.P.D.C. Position Paper Emphasizes Technology, Education & Global Recovery
September 11, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.— As the United States begins at last to reckon with the cumulative effects of decades of “unrestricted warfare” against America’s economy, society and security by the Chinese Communist Party, the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) has issued a series of short, highly readable and actionable “Position Papers” to chart appropriate responses (see here, here, here and here). The fifth in that series entitled, “Taking on the Chinese Communist Party: Securing America’s Future Competitiveness,” was released today.
The CPDC’s new analysis examines three critical determinants of our ability to remain the world’s foremost economic, military and geostrategic power in the face of the CCP’s determined effort to displace and, if necessary, destroy us. These elements of a whole-of-society response are:
- Technological Superiority and Industrial Self-Reliance: China is determined to dominate what its planners call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Through predatory trade practices, it has hollowed out America’s industrial base. And it is aggressively pursuing transformational technologies, including through a budget adopted in May 2020 for a massive, $2.2 trillion state-subsidy. America’s response to date has largely been limited to regulatory measures to deny China access to critical technologies and exhortation of our allies to do the same, notably by excluding Chinese firms from key telecommunications infrastructure. It must do more by adopting and implementing a national competitiveness policy to address America’s urgent national security and commercial requirements. Key elements of such a policy would be:
- Identify critical industries and potential shortfalls in supply.
- Incentivize U.S. corporations to restore high-tech manufacturing and research capabilities to Cold War-levels.
- Create an interagency Re-Shoring Task Force.
- Double federal basic research investment, complemented by “patriotic investing.”
- Develop and implement secure fifth-generation (5G) broadband technology and the construction of a U.S. “zero-trust” 5G network.
- Education: The Chinese Communist Party has placed a premium on education as a means both of indoctrinating/controlling its population and training and equipping the PRC’s workforce to achieve the militarily and commercially dominant position for which the Party strives. In addition, it has used various techniques to exploit America’s academic centers of excellence while undermining the U.S. educational system writ large. The United States must respond via, among others, these initiatives:
- Institute a crash-program akin to the Cold War-era, federally funded National Defense Education Act to contend with the present and growing danger posed by the Chinese Communist Party.
- Require colleges and universities to limit their foreign enrollment in favor of an aggressive effort to recruit and train Americans.
- In order to be eligible for federal funding, colleges must not facilitate their penetration by CCP Confucius Institutes, students’ associations, Thousand Talents Plan recruits or undisclosed funds from the Chinese government or its citizens.
- Address more generally and seek to reverse the cumulative effects in the U.S. academy of the cultural Marxists’ “march through the institutions.”
- A Global Recovery Initiative: The Chinese Communist Party virus has set in train not only a globe-straddling public health crisis but an economic pandemic, as well. The United States can simultaneously accelerate its own national recovery, give a powerful boost to struggling economies worldwide and blunt the CCP’s efforts via its Belt and Road Initiative to colonize nations desperate for foreign investment and key commodities, notably energy and water. Thanks to the United States’ enviable status as the world’s largest producer of natural gas, it is uniquely positioned to seize this opportunity to accelerate the export of massive quantities of liquified natural gas (LNG). Specifically, America should:
- Announce a Global Recovery Initiative (GRI) that will result in the widespread deployment of American-made jetty-less Offshore and Near-Shore LNG regasification, power and state-of-the-art desalination systems.
- The United States can provide immense amounts of low-cost and environmentally friendly natural gas and clean water to hundreds of millions of people via these platforms. The U.S. Treasury can finance their manufacture in this country and deployment around the world at today’s extremely low interest rates and recover its investment from long-term sovereign contracts for the purchase of American natural gas.
- Such an initiative will showcase America’s munificence – in stark contrast to the malevolence and opportunism that have become hallmarks of China’s mercantilist and hegemonistic Belt and Road Initiative.
The Committee on the Present Danger: China encourages executive branch officials, Members of Congress and their staff, the media and the public at large to view this and the Committee’s other Position Papers as prescriptions for a secure future for this country, its people and those of the Free World more generally.
To interview representatives of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.