Watchmen On the Wall - FRC

Prayer Targets: Gordon Chang; U.S.-China Policy and Threats; PrayVoteStand


February 17, 2021

So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. (Hab 1:4)

Dear Praying Friends,

Gordon G. Chang is a lawyer and the author of The Coming Collapse of China and many other books. Born and raised in New Jersey by his Chinese father and Scottish-American mother, he graduated Cornell University and Law School. He worked in China, Hong Kong, and Shanghai for nearly two decades, serving as counsel to an American law firm and as partner in an international law firm. He has briefed the National Intelligence Council, Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, and Pentagon and has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. This excerpt is from his 2020 book, The Great U.S.-China Tech War:

The United States and China are locked in a "cold tech war," and the winner will end up dominating the twenty-first century. Beijing was not considered a tech contender a decade ago. Now, some call it a leader. America is already behind in critical areas.

It is no surprise how Chinese leaders made their regime a tech powerhouse. They first developed and then implemented multiyear plans and projects, adopting a determined, methodical, and disciplined approach. As a result, China's political leaders and their army of technocrats could soon possess the technologies of tomorrow.

America can still catch up. Unfortunately, Americans, focused on other matters, are not meeting the challenges China presents. A whole-of-society mobilization will be necessary for the U.S. to regain what it once had: control of cutting-edge technologies. This is how America got to the moon, and this is the key to winning this century. Americans may not like the fact that they are once again in a Cold War-type struggle, but they will either adjust to that reality or get left behind.

5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS - Nowhere is America so far behind China as in the race to build the world's next -- the fifth -- generation of wireless telecommunications networks. "Not since the invention of gunpowder has China led the world in the introduction of a disruptive new technology, and the United States still can't believe that it been leapfrogged," wrote David Goldman, the American writer and thinker, in Tablet in March 2019, referring to 5G. "For years, the conventional wisdom held that the Chinese only could copy but not innovate. That wisdom has now been proven wrong." The Chinese have raced ahead in 5G in large part because they made it "a central plank" of Their industrial planning process, including it in both the 13th Five-Year Plan, which covers the half-decade ending in 2020, and the Made in China 2025 initiative. Chinese technocrats announced the addition of 5G to CM2025, as the now notorious plan is known in China, in January 2018. Chinese leader Xi Jinping also made 5G a part of his Belt and Road Initiative when in May 2017 he announced the "Digital Silk Road." Wireless will feature prominently in the 14th Five-Year Plan, on the drafting board now.

There is a prize for the country controlling tomorrow's wireless communication networks. According to forecaster Stratfor, 5G is nothing less than "the technology that will drive the world's economy in the decade to come. "That bold assessment is obviously correct: 5G, speeds 2,000 times faster than existing 4G networks, will permit near-universal connectivity. Homes, vehicles, machines, robots, and just about everything else will be linked and communicating with each other. That's what is now called the Internet of Things. Imagine a world where Beijing is connected to most devices around the planet. That gives China, already "the new OPEC of data," access to even more of it. And by hook or by crook the Chinese will take the world's information. Huawei Technologies, as Senator Marsha Blackburn, the Tennessee Republican, told Fox News Channel in July 2019, is Beijing's "mechanism for spying." She is right. The company, whose name translates as "For China," is in no position to refuse Beijing's demands to gather intelligence. For one thing, Beijing owns almost all of Huawei. The Shenzhen-based enterprise maintains it is "employee-owned," but that is an exaggeration. Founder Ren Zhengfei holds a 1 percent stake, and the remainder is effectively controlled by the state through a "trade union committee." Moreover, in the Communist Party's top-down system virtually no one can resist a command from the ruling organization. The Party's power is even codified. Articles 7 and 14 of China's National Intelligence Law, enacted in 2017, require Chinese nationals and entities to spy if relevant authorities make a demand. Ren has repeatedly maintained that Huawei would never snoop, but this defiant claim, in view of everything, is not credible. The spying concern is not theoretical. In fact, from 2012 to 2017, China surreptitiously downloaded data nightly -- through Huawei servers -- from the Chinese-built and Beijing donated headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa. Not surprisingly, Huawei has been positioning itself to seize tomorrow's data. First, academic Christopher Balding's study of resumes of Huawei employees reveals that some of them claim concurrent links with units of the People's Liberation Army, the Chinese military, in roles that apparently involve intelligence collection. As he writes in his July 2019 study, "there is an undeniable relationship between Huawei and the Chinese state, military, and intelligence gathering services." Founder Ren Zhengfei was an officer in the People's Liberation Army before being demobilized in 1983. He is a member of the Communist Party. Second, recent analyses show Huawei software to contain an abnormally high number of security flaws. Finite State, a cybersecurity firm, revealed that 55 percent of nearly 10,000 scanned Huawei firmware images contained at least one backdoor vulnerability. The Chinese company's products, according to the survey, contained the most such flaws among its competitors.

The concern is not only exfiltration of information. Beijing will undoubtedly use Huawei to control the networks operating the devices of tomorrow, remotely manipulating everything hooked up to the Internet of Things, in other words, just about everything.

With devices around the planet networked to China, Beijing could have the ability to drive cars off cliffs, unlock front doors, and turn off or speed up pacemakers. In the first moments of a war, Beijing could literally see into most corners of the world and paralyze critical infrastructure. (Gordon G. Chang, The Great U.S.-China Tech War, March 2020)

The People's Republic of China (PRC) has been a huge trading partner and competitor of the U.S. During the Cold War, tension between the Soviet Union and other communist nations was very real. President Nixon's visit to China in 1972 began a new world of relationship and trade between China and the U.S. The American giveaway of the Panama Canal by President Carter, the subsequent acquisition of both ends of the Canal by China, and the huge acquisition of America property by Chinese interests and investments in both directions have made for strong ties or entanglements between the nations. The worldwide economic competition between the U.S. and China has been huge, and China's hope of becoming the preeminent military and economic power in the world is within reach. With ideological commitment to communist expansionism every bit as strong as the Soviet Union, China is a permanent threat to the free world. China's aggressive war on religion is a case in point. They are committing genocide against the Uyghur Muslims and have interned over a million people in reeducation and labor camps, where Uyghur women are systematically raped and men, women, and children are forced into slave labor (from which some America companies, such as Nike, are profiting hugely).

The persecution of the more than100 million Christiansis constant, but periodically the communist regime launches campaigns to desecrate church buildings and round up pastors. Outspoken critics of the regime are not tolerated, and it makes every effort to keep Christians under control, fully aware that the spirit of Christian liberty is the greatest threat to communism.

Yet the attitude of the regime toward life itself did not stop the demand for cheap Chinese goods during the 35-year reign of the regime's "one child policy." China now owns the ports on either side of the Panama Canal, and through its representative huge investment in U.S. business and real estate, it is deeply entangled with American financial interests. Moreover, it has invested greatly in America's universities that could be viewed as significantly compromising American higher education.

Today, given its hardcore communist ideology and hegemonic ambition, China is a huge threat to its neighbors but also to the U.S. Taiwan, a serious ally of the U.S. is especially vulnerable to the threat of invasion. We supply Taiwan with the armaments it needs to defend itself, along with the promise of assistance and resistance against any military effort that may threaten them. The PRC believes Taiwan belongs to China. As Gordon Chang makes abundantly clear, competition with China has gone far beyond economic competition. China now poses the greatest external threat to the U.S. It has been involved in spy operations, subterfuge, and has had significant influence in past and recent U.S. elections. Economic strength dictates military strength and technical advancement, etc. Thus, economic competition with China is not a small thing. President Trump barred Huawei from bringing its 5G technology to the U.S., as Chang has explained, but President Biden has toyed with undoing Trump's ban. It is time for those who pray in America to put China on their prayer list for regular attention.

Watch Tony Perkins & Gordon Chang discuss Biden's pro-China policies (you'll want to take notes); Heritage Foundation on Huawei and Tik Tok; Mike Lindell on China's influence in the U.S. election; FRC: Is Biden Going Soft on China?; Chinese money and U.S. universities; Wargame against simulated U.S. targets; Aircraft carrier;China/WHO/ Covid cover-up & U.S. policy; Thought leaders on China policy; China policy under Trump; China could be collecting our DNA

Finally, 1) Rush Limbaugh passed away today. Every advocate of faith, family, and freedom owes this unmatched American champion a debt. His talk radio paved the way for the conservative movement across America on car radios, kitchen tables, and the public square; 2) The Collegiate Day of Prayer will take place February 25. Pray for our colleges, professors, and students; 3) If you missed last week's Pray Vote Stand townhall meeting, be sure to watch it; 4) Join us tonight, February 17 at 8 PM EST for a live half-hour Pray Vote Stand prayer and information meeting; 5) The attacks and murder of Nigerian Christians are becoming ever more frequent.

Thank you for praying!