- On Sept. 28 Bill Gertz reported in the Washington Times
that China was helping the Taliban by installing a telephone system in
the Afghan capital. Previously Beijing denied its companies were assisting
the Taliban. "China does not have any kind of formal relations with
the Taliban," insisted the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
- To be sure, the Chinese were lying.
- According to Gertz, "[American] Defense and
officials said Beijing appears to be following a dual-track policy of
official support for U.S. efforts against terrorism while maintaining ...
ties to the Taliban militia."
- According to Gertz's intelligence sources, bin Laden
called for "good relations" between Afghanistan and China last
August. And why not? China openly preaches against U.S. global dominance,
threatening war and destruction if the U.S. should interfere with a future
PLA invasion of Taiwan. At the same time, Beijing is supporting North
massive military buildup along the DMZ, which has U.S. and South Korean
military officials worried.
- When all is said and done the Chinese communists hate
the United States. That is why they have allied with Russia. That is why
they are making nice with communist Vietnam. Consider, as well, Beijing's
growing military ties with Cuba and Beijing's support for Hugo Chavez in
Venezuela. The Chinese see America as their main enemy. A secret Chinese
alliance with Osama bin Laden and the Taliban is therefore something we
ought to expect.
- This may seem unbelievable, but as far back as 1998 the
Iranian official press said there was a secret defense agreement between
China and the Taliban. The West ignored this story, as it has ignored other
bad Chinese behavior. And now it is time to reap the whirlwind.
- After the terrorist attacks of last month, the London
Sunday Telegraph reported significant Chinese troop movements toward the
Afghan border. "Convoys of Chinese military trucks roared along the
Karakoram Highway last week," claimed the Telegraph. Nobody in the
West thought these movements were significant. Western pundits speculated
that the Chinese were eager to protect their Central Asian frontier, to
prevent terrorist infiltrators from crossing into China (as if China, which
genuinely represses Muslims, would ever be targeted by bin Laden).
- What were these troop movements all about?
- According to Debka File, a leading intelligence
a convoy of 3,000 PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) troops crossed into
last Friday, Oct. 5. Three additional PLA Convoys were said to follow.
According to Debka File's sources, Beijing's troops are ethnic Muslims
sent to reinforce the Taliban. If Debka File is correct, the total Chinese
reinforcement of the Taliban may amount to 15,000 troops.
- Anticipating America's October 7 airstrikes against the
Taliban, Beijing probably hopes to stem the deterioration of Taliban morale
with a show of support. Beijing thereby hopes to check U.S. progress
bin Laden and his Afghan allies. Already the Chinese have seen the Kitty
Hawk battlegroup and the U.S. 3rd Marine Division pulling away from the
Far East. They also see that the U.S. 25th Infantry Division has been sent
from Hawaii to the Persian Gulf. The East Asian communists may be tempted
by the present vulnerability of Taiwan and South Korea. Why not extend
that vulnerability by bolstering the Taliban with four PLA
- This strategy makes perfect sense once we realize that
the Chinese leadership hates the United States and privately cheers the
destructive attacks of Sept. 11. Readers should be reminded, in this
of an August 1998 document from the Chinese Central Military Commission
that was sent to all corps commanders of the Peoples Liberation Army.
According to this document, which leaked out of China last year, the United
States is vulnerable and could not withstand even a limited nuclear strike
from China. Despite the possession of great power America remains unwilling
to sacrifice cities in a tit-for-tat war. On the other side, the Chinese
are fully prepared to sacrifice their cities. Therefore, Beijing could
outface Washington if hostilities erupted over Taiwan. That is the logic
of China's Central Military Commission.
- On Sept. 13 two leading Chinese military strategists
were interviewed by China's state-owned Ta Kung Pao newspaper. Senior Col.
Qiao Liang and Col. Wang Xiangsui credited themselves with predicting the
Sept. 11 terror attacks in their 1999 book, "Unrestricted
The terrorists used no military weapons, said Qiao and Wang, yet the
were more effective than those resulting from open warfare.
- The two Chinese experts said that those killed in the
Twin Towers were the victims of U.S. foreign policy, plain and simple.
"September 11, 2001 probably marks the beginning of U.S. decline as
a superpower," said the Chinese colonels. "The attacks
the U.S. fragility and weakness and showed that, basically, it is unable
to withstand attacks. The National Missile Defense system cannot save
- Asked about the adverse effects the attacks may have
on the Chinese economy, the two colonels admitted that a short-term
impact was to be expected. "However, from a long-term viewpoint, the
attacks could be favorable to China," they said.
- American observers should not be surprised at Chinese
strategic moves in relation to the Sept. 11 events. China is our enemy.
Therefore, China is sure to align itself with America's other enemies,
wherever they might be. In light of this, it was foolish for Nixon to go
to China. It was blameworthy to finance China's modernization program,
and it was short-sighted to establish trade relations with the Beijing
communists. It has to be understood, in the final analysis, that the
Republic is run by gangsters who dream of America's destruction. It has
to be admitted that we have supplied them with the means to strike us by
our own complacency and greed.
- Think of the situation in purely moral terms: It did
not concern American businessmen that millions languished in the Chinese
prison camps, that Christians were brutally persecuted, that protesters
were crushed by tanks. None of this bothered those who were eager to build
factories in the People's Republic of China (PRC) in order to make a
Yet consider the long term consequences.
- The unanimous and bipartisan report of the House Select
Committee on U.S. National Security and Military Commercial Concerns with
the People's Republic of China (i.e., the Cox Report) stated the situation
in plain terms: "The PRC's massive potential consumer market is the
key factor behind the willingness of some U.S. businesses to risk and
technology transfers. Some of these transfers could impair U.S. national
security, as in the cases of Loral and Hughes...."
- The United States is a country that has made serious
mistakes in its economic and security policy. We have supported countries
that should have been blockaded and isolated. And now we face a deadly
combination because the enemy we face is not merely the terrorist, Osama
bin Laden. The enemy we face is in Beijing and Moscow, Pyongyang and Hanoi,
Havana and Pretoria.
- © Jeffrey R. Nyquist, October 8, 2001
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