On October 5, The Daily Signal posted an article about the threat posed to the United States by China.
Vice-President Pence lists four major threats to America from China:
1. Cyber Espionage
…Microchips, about the size of a grain of sand, were inserted into the manufacturing of equipment in China of Super Micro Computer Inc., which is a server supplier for several major companies in the United States.
Investigators determined the chips allowed attackers to create backdoor entry to alter computers. However, Amazon, Apple, Super Micro itself, and the Chinese government all disputed the Bloomberg reporting.
“This is a backdoor into the hardware level in determining personal identification, health care records, and possibly even voting machines,” Dean Cheng, research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.
“If the chip story is true, there is something fundamentally wrong with our supply chain,” he added.
Cheng contends these cybersecurity concerns are far weightier than concerns about election interference and spreading propaganda.
2. Election Meddling
…“It’s using wedge issues, like trade tariffs, to advance Beijing’s political influence,” he said.
“When it comes to influencing the midterms, you need only look at Beijing’s tariffs in response to ours,” Pence added. “The tariffs imposed by China to date specifically targeted industries and states that would play an important role in the 2018 election.
“By one estimate, more than 80 percent of U.S. counties targeted by China voted for President Trump and I in 2016. Now, China wants to turn these voters against our administration,” he said.
3. Squeezing US Companies
Pence called out Google for its seeming willingness to work with the Chinese government.
“Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers,” he said in his Thursday speech.
Pence also noted that Chinese officials tried to influence business leaders.
“In one recent example, China threatened to deny a business license for a major U.S. corporation if they refused to speak out against our administration’s policies,” Pence said.
4. Military Buildup
…China wants nothing less than to push the United States of America from the Western Pacific and attempt to prevent us from coming to the aid of our allies. But they will fail.
America had hoped that economic liberalization would bring China into a greater partnership with us and with the world.
Instead, China has chosen economic aggression, which has in turn emboldened its growing military.
Please follow the link to read the entire article. We ignore this threat at our own peril.