Over the last three decades, China has undergone an electrifying rags-to-riches ascent … at America’s expense. Its stunning rise could never have occurred without the willing assistance of four U.S. presidents who sold-out their country’s workers and then stood by and clapped as China ate America’s lunch.
A friend of mine who has raveled China extensively described what the country was like 30 years ago:
Its cities were sprawling, impoverished places with dirt roads and low-rise structures. With few automobiles in the country back then, the Chinese people got around mostly by bicycles and motor scooters. The country had only a few tall buildings and just two large airports, in Beijing, its capitol, and Shanghai, its financial center. China had no modern highways, bridges or high-speed rails, and the only trains that traversed the country were pulled by antiquated steam engines.
To see how dramatically things have changed in Wuhan, please watch this 40-sec. clip of the Chinese city where COVID-19 originated. The Wuhan of today bears no resemblance to the backward, desperately poor place it was just three decades ago, and the same is true of cities throughout the country.
Over the last 30 years, China has undergone a stupendous, caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation that has created some of the world’s most eye-popping roadways, bridges and architecture. Now within sight of overtaking the U.S. as the world’s dominate economy, China has also built a massively lethal military that poses a serious threat America’s long-standing combat superiority — as reported by the Washington Times, China’s military is forcing the Pentagon to confront the end of U.S. battlefield dominance.
From where did the money come that funded China’s dramatic makeover from a Third World backwater to an economic and military superpower? Trillions of dollars used to finance its spectacular ascendancy was willingly handed over by its greatest enabler: the United States of America.
Since the late 1980s, China was allowed — allowed — to extract trillions of dollars from the U.S. economy in the form of massive trade surpluses. As a result, the communist nation now has glistening cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, while America is saddled with fading cities like Baltimore, Detroit and Atlanta, once-thriving metropolises now marred by urban blight, rampant crime, sorry schools, generational poverty and other canaries in the coal mine of a nation in steep decline.
And to rub salt in America’s self-inflicted wounds, Chinese nationals who were allowed — allowed — to attend our top research universities and work at our most sensitive high-tech companies stole America blind, surreptitiously sending many of our nation’s most vital technological and national defense secrets to the communist adversary hell-bent on chopping America off at its knees.
During the presidencies of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, China was allowed — allowed — to rip America a new one in what will go down as the most lopsided trade and stolen technology bludgeoning in the history of nations.
But don’t blame China for the trade imbalances. Its leaders were just doing what a nation’s leaders are expected to do: negotiate the best deal they can get. If the country on the other side of the table is willing to absorb an epic thrashing in the process, so much the better. And the voluntary thrashing America took lasted 28 consecutive years, from 1989 to 2017, a period when much of America’s manufacturing base was allowed — allowed — to sell-out its workers by offshoring production to China and other low-wage nations.
With America’s worn-out infrastructure badly in need of replacement, our political class instead ran up crushing debt and deficits, squandering trillions of dollars stolen from future generations on endless foreign wars and failed social programs.
Meanwhile, China was using its trade-surplus windfall and stolen technology bonanza to build some of the world’s most impressive cities and a fearsome military.
When President Trump took office in 2017, the U.S. began a strategic shift in its approach to China. Unless its relationship with the communist superpower is redefined, America’s days in the sun will be over, and the 21st century will be known as the “Chinese Century.”
Videos you do not want to miss …
Below are nine videos, each a visual reminder that China’s stunning rise at America’s expense could never have occurred without assistance from the four U.S. presidents who stood by and clapped as the communist nation ate America’s lunch. Viewing the videos will take a while, but doing so will help you see with your own eyes that while America was inching along on its hands and knees, a house of cards propped up by ruinous debt and deficits, China was making the most impressive great leap forward the world has ever seen.
● Click here to see China’s stunning road network. In 1988, China had no modern highways; today, its world class road network extends an astounding 84,000 miles, the longest and most impressive road system in the world.
● Click here to see China’s magnificent Beipanjiang Bridge, the highest bridge in the world. Of the world’s ten tallest bridges, eight are in China, zero in America.
● Click here to see China’s incomparable Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the longest ocean crossing bridge in the world. Designed to last 120 years, the $15 billion bridge-tunnel structure is a testament to China’s engineering might.
● Click here to see China’s jaw-dropping 9-tower “horizontal skyscraper” in Chongqing. Known as “The Crystal,” the complex’s horizontal sky bridge straddles four 60-story skyscrapers, 820 feet in the air. Built at a cost of $3.6 billion, the mixed use mega structure has a shopping mall with 450 stores. Is there anything like this in America? Of the world’s 25 tallest skyscrapers, 14 are in China, only two in the U.S.
● Click here to see a dynamic chart of China’s meteoric ascendancy to the world’s No. 2 economy. What this 3-min. video shows will blow your mind.
● Click here to see China’s stupendous Beijing Daxing International Airport. The world’s largest airport, Daxing can handle up to 250 takeoffs and landings per hour. By comparison, America’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, accommodates just 100 total movements per hour. Business Insider’s 2018 list of the 14 most beautiful airports in the world includes three in China, zero in the U.S.
● Click here to see how the U.S. auto industry was allowed — allowed — to sell-out its workers by offshoring jobs to China and other countries with dirt-cheap labor, a betrayal that propelled Trump to the presidency in 2016.
● Click here to see China’s most powerful weapons, including nuclear-armed ICBM’s that can reach the U.S. in 30 minutes. Three decades ago, China’s military was primarily land-based; today, it boasts a 2-million-man army, the world’s largest blue-water navy, the world’s third largest air force and advanced cyber and anti-satellite weaponry that could be the deciding factor in a war against America.
● Click here to see Chinese female soldiers on dress parade, as impressive display of military precision as you’ll likely ever see.
Finally, my friend believes America’s best days are behind it. Having done business throughout China for many years, he observed that Chinese workers are intensely proud of their country, eagerly working as tirelessly as a colony of ants toward a common goal of national ascendancy.
America once was blessed with widespread patriotism, but over the last half-century has been polarized into two camps with diametrically opposite objectives. One side believes America should continue as a two-party constitutional democracy, the other wants that system scrapped in favor of single-party socialist rule.
With our country more bitterly divided than at any time since the Civil War, half of America will continue working at cross purposes with the other half. A country at irreconcilable odds with itself is not a recipe for national ascendancy; it’s a recipe for national decline. The winner? China.
By John Eidson
John Eidson is a conservative political commentator, a patriotic American, and a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative.
Photo courtesy of YouTube screengrab: 3:48 mark “The Planned Collapse of U.S. Society”