Mitch McConnell, the Deep State and the Chinese Communist Challenge
By WILLIAM MAYER
February 2, 2020 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though we published this expose in May, new information relating to the matters covered therein prompts us to re-visit it with clarifying information, for the full details checkout Peter Scweitzer's new book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by the Progressive Elite.
On May 2, the New York Times published a feature piece alleging that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has extensive and troubling ties to the Chinese Communist Government [see, MIchael Forsythe, Eric Lipton, For the Chao Family, Deep Ties to the World's 2 Largest Economies].
The charges are not new, note that this publication devoted 3,500 words to the matter in May, though the outlines of the should-be-scandal were known as early as 2001, as noted in the below article.
Until the Times piece the questions posed had generated zero traction, but upon the publication the matter was given suspiciously short shrift in the legacy media including Fox News that aired a short [the item ran 2 minutes with no followup as far as this author can determine] ridiculous defense of Chao, ending the video clip with Citizens Against Government Wastes' Thomas Schatz stating essentially that there was no there there and that the charges were "a giant story about nothing." Fox did not identify Shatz' organization as being extremely friendly to official DC and especially the GOP.
We will let the reader judge the veracity of the Fox brush off noting that the most recent investigation into the influence peddling by Chao [whose husband just happens to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] was done by noted investigative journalist Peter Schweitzer [no friend of the Democrat establishment] in his latest work, Secret Empires.
So with that as the new back-story, please read on...
The People’s Republic of China [PRC] is a hostile foreign power guided by a policy whereby it hopes to establish a global hegemon supplanting that of the United States. It does so for a number of reasons, perhaps the most basic of all being the very long held [multi-millennial actually] racialist belief in China of the nation’s ethnic and cultural superiority, specifically that of the Han ethnic group [the Han Chinese, the world’s largest ethnic group] that came [returned] to power during the 1911 Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the “foreign influences” [the Manchus] thus yielding the “New China.”
Observers have noted that the degree to which Han-centrism guides China’s internal and external policies has been increasing at least since the 1990s.
“…As Chinese nationalism has become more ethnocentric since the 1990s, the cultural chauvinism of Han‐centrism has become increasingly more influential in the debate over national identity. Within this narrative, Han culture is considered to be the authentic character of the nation; to deviate from the Han identity will only tarnish Chinese exceptionalism and impede China's rise.” [source, John M. Friend, Bradley A. Thayer, The Rise of Han‐Centrism and What It Means for International Politics , Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism]
As evidence that Han-centrism has extraordinarily deep and culturally appealing roots one need look no further than China’s President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” [2013, now Belt and Road Initiative, BRI] initiative, which is none other than a modern attempt by the PRC to recreate the ancient, glory day, Silk Road built during the Han Dynasty [206-220 BC] that linked China to Europe via the Central Asian countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Predating the Silk Road was the Persian [and later Roman] built, Royal Road which spanned some 1,700 miles.
Though the old Silk Road complex and Xi’s plan share the common theme of extending the reach and grasp of China via expanded trade and binding relationships, the BRI Initiative is far more ambitious because it includes a maritime component envisioning new ocean-based trade routes all the way to Africa made possible by aggressive port infrastructure projects.
The overall process is massively capital intensive, with some estimates approaching $30 trillion in required expenditures by 2040 [source, Harry Cockburn, China’s $8 Trillion Construction Progamme, Riskiest Environmental Project in History , Independent UK].
Building projects external to China are often funded by PRC backed loans which some see as a clever way to build desired infrastructure while obligating unwilling participating countries via the funding mechanism itself - ties that bind.[Read More]