Trump identifies China as the main competitor of the United States and accused the Chinese Communist Party of taking advantage of trade and not telling the truth about the epidemic of the new coronavirus, which he calls the “Chinese plague.”
In a 20-minute attack on China, O’Brien told senior US and British military and intelligence officials that China is a predatory power that has repressed its people and tried to coerce both neighbors and powers. West.
“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to dominate all areas and all sectors … and intends to monopolize all the industries that matter in the 21st century,” O’Brien told the Atlantic Future Forum in a video. aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
“Most recently, the CCP has used cyber espionage to target companies developing Covid-19 vaccines and treatments in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, while supporting the need for international cooperation,” O’Brien said.
China, under President Xi Jinping, says the West, and especially Washington, is gripped by anti-Chinese hysteria, colonial thinking, and simply the anger that China is now once again one of the world’s top two economies.
China’s economic and military growth over the past 40 years is considered one of the most significant geopolitical events of recent times, along with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, which ended the Cold War.
O’Brien said the West had granted concessions to China for decades, including membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), believing it would open up economically and politically, while reducing its own barriers. foreign companies.
“Unfortunately, these are promises that he has not kept so far. Instead, the CCP leaders have doubled their totalitarian approach and the state-dominated mercantile economy, “said the 54-year-old former Los Angeles lawyer.
In 1979, China had a smaller economy than Italy, but after opening up to foreign investment and introducing market reforms, it became the second largest economy in the world.
China is currently a global leader in a range of 21st century technologies, such as artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine and conductive polymers.
China’s response to the new outbreak of coronavirus, “has erased any doubts about its intentions.” said O’Brien.
He said China had co-opted international organizations and forced them to install Chinese telecommunications equipment. He accused the Communist Party of blocking foreign companies while subsidizing its own.
At the same time, the councilor said that China’s flagship international project, the so-called One Belt, One Road initiative, involved providing poor nations with “unsustainable loans” to build huge and useless infrastructure projects using Chinese companies and workers.
“These countries’ dependence on Chinese loans erodes their sovereignty and leaves them no choice but to respect the party’s line on UN votes and … other issues,” O’Brien said.