China’s Trade war Expresses Sun Tzu’s Strategy Perfectly

May 17, 2019
by Bob Adelmann

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War isn’t about war in the traditional sense. It is about defeating a stronger enemy through other means, such as deceit and the making and then breaking of treaties after the enemy has been lulled into a sense of complacency.

In China’s case, the World Trade Organization, adopted and signed on to by 124 nations in 1994, is the current best example of both China’s deceit and the making and breaking of treaties. China never intended to keep its word. It only wanted the treaty’s special dispensations in order to build its economy into the most dominant one in the world at the expense of its enemies.

And they were well on their way, thanks to America’s traitorous leadership turning its eyes away from China’s machinations.

Enter Donald Trump. It’s unclear whether he knew, or even now knows, what he was getting himself into when he challenged the communists running China over their attempts to become the hegemon of the world. But he has challenged the very basis of their strategy, best expressed by China’s heralded military general. 2,500 years ago Tsu wrote: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

When the Chinese wouldn’t play nice, Trump walked away, saying that any deal had to be in America’s best interests or there wouldn’t be any deal: “It must be a great deal for the United States or it just doesn’t make any sense.” He followed his rhetoric by raising tariffs further on some $200 billion worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. And he threatened to place tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of imports from China.

Last Friday he upped the ante further by signing an executive order banning the import of telecommunications gear from “foreign adversaries” [read: China]. This was followed by the Commerce Department declaring that it was adding Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, to its list of companies engaged in activities “that are contrary to American interests.” These moves were in belated recognition that, under Beijing’s command, every Chinese entity – individuals and companies – in the United States is tasked to conduct espionage for the homeland.

These moves predictably elicited anger from the Chinese communists. One of its mouthpieces, Global Times, roared:

The most important thing is that in the China-US trade war, the US side fights for greed and arrogance … and [its] morale will break at any point.

The trade war in the US is the creation of one person and one administration, but it affects that country’s entire population. In China, the entire country and all its people are being threatened. For us, this is a real ‘people’s war.’

China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, exposed what’s really going on. It said that the trade war is just a skirmish in the “fight for a new world.”


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China’s bluster is being muted by its declining economic performance. Factory production and investment in fixed assets continue to fall, with retail sales growing at the slowest pace in 16 years. Passenger car sales last year fell for the first time since the country became an important car market. Empty shopping malls reflect the decline in consumer spending as reported by Carrefour SA, one of the biggest global retailers in China. Its sales tumbled 10 percent last year. Economists looking past the phony rosy numbers provided by the Chinese government are predicting a million or more job losses next year.

The president sees what previous administrations have refused to let the American people see: the communists running China are not our friends. They are not our “partners” in building a better, freer, more prosperous world. Instead their goal remains constant: to become the hegemon of the world.

Steven Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute, was kicked out of China after he exposed the forced abortion policy that implemented the government’s “one family, one child” policy in the 1980s. He was booted from the PhD program at Stanford University just before the publication of his book Broken Earth, in which he exposed the horrific experiences of mothers suffering forced abortions. In his book Hegemon: China’s Plan to Dominate Asia and the World, Mosher reveals the unvarnished truth about what’s behind the so-called “trade wars” between China and the president. He wrote that “the premier goal of [China’s] foreign policy [is] to establish absolute dominance over one’s region and, by slow extension, the world.” He added that the Chinese communists want nothing less that to displace the United States as the world’s sole superpower.

In his book, Mosher debunks what he considers to be the most pervasive and harmful myth about China: the notion that democracy is inevitably in its future, that exposure to American culture through trade will lead to change away from tyranny and towards economic and political freedom, and that technology will propel that transformation.

What China has been doing instead is stealing vital technology from the U.S. in order to advance its plan for world domination. That’s why the agreement the Chinese reneged on contained strictures against its continued theft of American technological knowhow. These strictures and limitations involved enforcement that the communists refused to accept.

The jury is still out on whether the economic pressures Trump is applying to China will be sufficient to accomplish the political changes needed. In the meantime expect the tariff wars to continue and to escalate.

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An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at badelmann@thenewamerican.com.

Sources:

Background of Sun Tzu (“Master Sun”)

History of The Art of War

Background on the WTO

Special and deferential treatment provisions under the WTO

NewsTimes.com: Beijing calls for a ‘people’s war’ against the US as Trump threatens tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods in all-out trade battle

TheSun.co.uk: BEIJING BITES BACK China calls for ‘people’s war’ against US blasting ‘greedy and arrogant’ Trump as tariff retaliation clobbers US stock markets

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Targets Huawei as It Seeks to Revive China Trade Talks

The Wall Street Journal: China’s Economy Was Losing Steam Even Before Trump’s New Tariffs

CNBC.com: China’s state mouthpieces are taking an aggressive tone on the trade war

Aljezeera.com: Weak spots emerge in China’s economy as trade war intensifies

Top 10 SUN TZU QUOTES

Amazon: Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order by Steven Mosher

Amazon: Hegemon: China’s Plan to Dominate Asia and the World by Steven Mosher

Amazon: Broken Earth: The Rural Chinese by Steven Mosher

Background of Steven Mosher

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