- - Monday, May 16, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On May 16, 1966, Chinese dictator Mao Zedong unleashed the murderous Cultural Revolution, which ended a decade later with his death and more than 40 million victims killed. Years after an economic recovery with miraculous capitalist ideas, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pursuing a “China Dream” based on Mao’s Communist plans.

Mao has become Mr. Xi’s hope for rescuing Communism from extinction. Public self-criticism and confessions have made a comeback, as have a vast nuclear military build-up, an expansion of territory, and super-power plans and assertiveness in the South China Sea.

A recent Pentagon report on China stated that the country was developing and weaponizing the South China Sea islands in disputed waters in order to gain greater control without resorting to force. The report accused China of increasingly assertive efforts to advance its national sovereignty and territorial claims. It also accused it of a lack of transparency about its growing military capabilities.

Recently China denied a port of call in Hong Kong to the USS John Stennis, causing an increase of tension and a huge disruption to the planned meetings of the crew members and families who had paid for travel and made reservations. A senior House Republican rightly called on the Obama administration to shift its ship-visit policy in favor of Taiwan.

It is time to reverse the Obama administration’s neglect of Taiwan by sending carriers there on ship visits and supporting the country in accordance with the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. This measure requires the U.S. military to defend Taiwan from a Communist Chinese military takeover.

LT. COL. DOMINIK GEORGE NARGELE

U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Arlington


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