Webb: Coming down on China

Webb: Coming down on China

The battle against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is heating up, and it’s about time.

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The recent media reports of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE’s political death are the hopes of Democrats who don’t want the country to recover so they can achieve their goal of more power. The economy is an important topic, but given the multiple lies and bad actions of the CCP and the World Health Organization (WHO), which is China’s COVID-19 public relations arm, many Americans are focused on who leads us out of this crisis successfully. Trump has also threatened a permanent freeze on WHO funding without “major” reforms within 30 days. They supported the CCP’s lies around the coronavirus. As Trump continues to lead us out of this crisis and restart the various engines of our economy, Democrats can deride but not deny reality.

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Americans are now awake to what Trump has stated long before he came down the escalator in 2015. China has been eating our lunch and moving forward with its communist 100-year plan. Think about an economic miracle in China and ask if the numbers add up. China’s total gross domestic product (GDP) in 1980 was under $90 billion in current dollars. Today it is more than $12 trillion. The world has never seen this kind of economic growth in such a short time. Once China was challenged, its economy shrank 6.8 percent in the first three  months of 2020 compared with 2019. This is the first contraction since Beijing began reporting quarterly GDP in 1992.

Many, if not most, Americans are not likely to go back to sleep on the China issue and Trump’s aggressive approach in dealing with the communist nation’s threat to America. The world could benefit him politically. The retribution against China is growing in numbers. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defied China and defended the call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. China in retaliation threatened Australia’s beef exports to China. It could be something about the former Botany Bay penal colony, but Australians are a hearty bunch and not so easily intimidated.

Dealing effectively with China will be a component of the American presidential election. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPresidents and 'presidents' Biden to blast Trump's church photo op in Philadelphia speech Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE has a China problem, not just related to his son Hunter Biden lacking any qualifications and going with him to China on Air Force Two and coming back with $1.5 billion in hedge fund investment. Biden has been wrong on many successful American foreign policy decisions by multiple administrations, including against former President Reagan in arms limitation with the former Soviet Union. He cannot deny his many policy statements on China. Biden has given the Republicans easy political ads with his comments.

He has also signed on to the Green New Deal, which has killed and will continue to kill blue-collar jobs. In an environment focused on bringing jobs back to America this is problematic for Biden. Just in one state, Ohio, could the residents tolerate the loss of up to 250,000 jobs projected under the Green New Deal?

Some Democratic governors are also playing politics to extend the economic harm and blame Trump. That has caused a backlash which they did not think would materialize and grow. When millions of Americans are forced to live under political house arrest, they have time to come out and protest.

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Words are not enough, and the Trump administration is taking action.

Trump has been very critical of the Chinese-owned Huawei Technologies. This past Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new rule expanding U.S. export controls on certain foreign-manufactured products if a company knows or has reason to know that an item is destined for Huawei or its affiliates.

Also, in May 2019, Commerce added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning nearly all U.S. originating exports to Huawei without a license. There are limited exceptions to the prohibitions, but only through Aug. 13, 2020. Actions like this need solutions. One such effort is Taiwan Semiconductor setting up operations with a $12 billion investment in Arizona.

This is a war that Trump must win or America and the world will pay a higher price. China needs to pay for its global misdeeds. It will come back hard and we have to be ready, but its 2025 rule-the-world strategy has taken a severe blow. It will take many blows from all aspects of the diplomacy, information, military and economic strategy plus internal cultural upheaval in China to break it.

Aim your ire and your fire at China, which has struck at the heart of America and now has a blueprint of how to shut us down without firing a shot.

This is not just politics, this is the survival of freedom vs. communism.

Webb is host of “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM Patriot 125, host of “Reality Check with David Webb” on Fox Nation, a Fox News contributor and a frequent television commentator. His column appears twice a month in The Hill.