One way your conservative principles continue to be shared through Heritage is by experts testifying before Congress on pressing issues such as the threat of China’s military.

This week was no exception as Dean Cheng, senior research fellow in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities surrounding China’s pursuit of emerging and exponential military technology.

Watch his full statement below:

Do you agree with Cheng’s analysis of the threat China poses? 

Comments (10)

William Coates - January 12, 2018

They are making rapid technological progress, but they will not attack us. Their proxy North Korea probably will, and China will pick up the pieces.

Gary Weerts - January 12, 2018

I agree with Dr. Cheng’s analysis, as far as it goes. I see China as a major political and economic threat.

Larry B. Mast - January 12, 2018

This was an interesting and informative presentation. I hope the committee and Congress will quickly, and with wisdom, consider and implement many of the concerns and offered solutions from the three panelists. Thank you for making it public.

Ann Longacre - January 12, 2018

China is building roads through Kyrgystan and into Kazakhstan. These are huge roads. The rumors in Kazakhstan are that China will use these roads as they invade Kazakhstan and points west. Remember that Kazakhstan has the Russian space program and oil.

Charles E. Gallup - January 13, 2018

China, at best, represents an adversary. At worst, China may be in-fact an enemy. Based on present observed behavior the U.S. has two possible conflicts with China; one relating to Economic competition (which enhances their ability to gather military resources).If China proceeds on its present expansion path, and succeeds, military conflict is likely. If they are defeated “Economically” AND Diplomatically – there is a better chance War will be avoided. In either case, the American economy must expand and thrive to avert grim long-term consequences.

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - January 13, 2018

I think it’s important to consider China a competitor on trade issues and a threat in regard to theft of technology and cyber warfare. Also building islands in the international waters for air bases. We need to keep a sharp eye on all the activities they’re involved in, and be prepared to counter every threat.

John Conor - January 13, 2018

The sad fact is the people here are not hearing this kind of information thru the media which are promoting social perspectives that detract from our national strengths and lessening our importance of leading the world to a more peaceful and environmentally friendly future. China does not share that perspective at all. The US has enjoyed being the world leader and we are blind to the fact we are losing that capability and position and what that means to our nation and its future.

Michael Brown - January 13, 2018

I agree with the assessment of Mr. Cheng and the others on this hearing on this important information technology issue; China is a threat to us in this area. We need to rethink policy in the DOD of allowing entrepreneurship in this area of R &D to be used and incentives to lead to more progress in our national security issues.

Michael Eugene Thornton - January 13, 2018

Sadly we in the USA have surrendered our substantial lead in science,technology, engineering, and mathematics over China from the time of the Korean War until the next present. This started quite slowly, we trained Chinese students in America and sent them back home to enhance the capabilities inherent in the Chinese Military And Industrialist Complex as we gradually started diverting funds from our similar programs into social engineering and the welfare state fraught with entitlement programs leaving very little for pure research and engineering development. Gradually our financial situation at home and abroad devolved into a situation where we are now funding the Chinese coordinated push in advanced fifth generation aircraft and sophisticated military combat programs. The building of artificial islands in international waters as a means of positing claim to the surrounding areas and forward basing of their combat aircraft and offensive systems on unsinkable aircraft carriers of immense power. Combine these moves with the completion of the Three Gorges Dam and the unimaginable electrical power available in the wide industrial region able to support their military industrial complex with more than the capabilities that the USA had during WWII and no longer possesses; here you have sustainability for the same type of superiority that allowed the allies to prevail during the last world war. Additionally, China is putting a new coal fired generation system on line EVERY WEEK! Some of that is for growth in consumer goods production but the predominance is for the support of the Chinese Military Complex and their expansionist goals and immediate plans. The inertia of China’s growth and of our retraction of our industrial power suggests that China now commands the greater military capacity for prolonged battle operations and that lead is growing at a geometrically progressing rate. Indeed, China is our industrial base and without them we would quickly falter and become a third world nation, incapable of producing required consumer goods or military equipment wholly within the contentinal United States of America. Were our manufacturing capabilities in Mexico and Canada no longer available due to political circumstances, we could not produce cars and trucks for domestic demand. Indeed, we’ve become so successful at outsourcing and rightsizing that our industrial capabilities exist primarily in foreign countries. Many of these resources are in China itself or other pacific rim nations and neither does the USA any longer have American flagged hulls to transport goods to the USA nor command of the sea lanes required to safely convey the goods to the United States.

We have worked tirelessly to sell China our manufacturing plants wholesale, develop their capabilities far beyond ours, and expand their military capabilities far beyond ours. They could fight three wars while we lack the fighting batallions to pursue one major war. Only our aged nuclear forces allow us to achieve a rough parity in defensive capabilities and we cannot use those weapons unless we are attacked with similar weapons first. Herein lies our conundrum, our conventional forces were drawn down by president obama over his term in office in favor of squandering the limited economic power and paying people not to work. While that is changing, we also lack the Human Resources required to stand against China and prevail. Only by dent of some unknown technological advantage could we hope to hold China to a negotiated peace much to our disadvantage. As America defeated Germany and Japan simultaneously, with advanced technology and overwhelmingly superior manufacturing capabilities; now, we find ourselves on the short end of the logistics equation. If we fight a conventional war; we lose before we’ve begun. As Admiral Yamamoto warned the Japanese General Staff, either we conquer America within six months or we shall feel the wrath of waking the sleeping tiger. As he was correct then, so I am certainly correct in the present. It would take three generations of extraordinary application of all of our national willpower and capabilities to rebuild that we have given away and, by that time, China will absolutely have continued their population growth and explosive growth in manufacturing of advanced military systems, equipment, and logistics. If China calls our debt, that they hold, due and payable, we are bankrupt because we cannot pay. Similarly, if they challenge us over the island of Tiawan, we’re incapable of preventing their absorbation of that vital allay in the region. If they choose to reach out all of the way to the philippine islands, we could only protest verbally and ineffectively at the very best. We paid China to take the command of the world economically and, if they so choose, militarily. America is no longer the world’s premier superpower, we’ve paid China to surpass us and we have fallen to a second rate power as happened to Great Britain after WWII and losing her colonies. Soon the Chinese will have the world reserve currency and we lose our last remaining advantage over trading on the world markets. America’ Population will contract, Mexico will regain the lands we took during wars of conquest, and a much leaner and hungrier America will emerge where very few people can afford to become obese.

Chris Jones - January 14, 2018

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