At a seminar on U.S.-China rivalry at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Center, Bo Ming criticized the Chinese Communist Party for using the open platforms of democracies like the United States to conduct “information warfare,” according to Voice of America 12.
This includes the CCP’s dissemination of disinformation, its use of political propaganda to fuel divisions in Western societies and suspicion of democratic institutions, and its collection of intelligence and personal information of citizens to carry out “influence operations. And the Communist Party’s practices in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Communist virus (New Guinea Epidemic) are potential “flashpoints” in the U.S.-China confrontation.
These are not the actions of an assertive government, but rather the actions of an extremely paranoid government, says Booming. This government fears its own people far more than it fears the United States. It fears its own people first and foremost, and it spends far more money on internal surveillance and internal security than they do on the military.
Bo Ming said the Communist Party’s military is sometimes called in to participate in the repression of civilians at Home. this was seen in the 1989 Tiananmen Square student massacre. He said, “So I think the inherent weakness of the Chinese Communist system is itself a potential flashpoint.”
The Trump administration has actively promoted the concept of a “quadripartite security dialogue” and has facilitated the first quadripartite cabinet-level talks as well as a series of sub-cabinet-level talks. President Biden will meet online with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia on Friday (March 12). This is the first Time the four countries have met at the leadership level.
Bomen noted that the Quadripartite Security Dialogue is a counterweight to the Chinese Communist Party’s Asia-Pacific strategy.
The Chinese Communist Party’s strategy is to create a hierarchical, and in some ways almost imperial, sphere of influence in Asia centered on the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. So the quadrilateral security dialogue can help counteract and prevent such an outcome, which is that the sovereignty and independence of countries around mainland China are weakened and ultimately prosperity and security are compromised.”
Bo Ming: Criticism should be directed at the entire Chinese Communist Party
The Voice of America reports that on the issue of strategy toward China, Bomen does not agree with the recommendations of a January strategy paper on China called the “Longer Telegram. The document, written by “former senior U.S. government officials” who spoke on condition of anonymity, recommended that the primary goal of the strategy toward China be to enable the Communist Party’s ruling elite to continue to operate within a liberal international order led by the United States, rather than to establish a hostile order. The document also recommends that the U.S. target its China efforts at replacing Communist Party leader Xi Jinping rather than overthrowing the Communist Party and the Communist regime.
According to Bomen, the goals set out in the China strategy paper “defy the laws of nature” and are “like trying to train a great white shark to become a broad-snouted dolphin.
Convincing the Communist Party of China to support a liberal international order led by the United States without creating an authoritarian alternative is an unrealistic goal,” he said. That’s what we’ve tried to achieve in the past, and we’ve adopted 30 years of failed policies toward China to do so. It’s like telling the Communist Party to end the Leninist one-party dictatorship. Beijing interprets this proposal as some form of regime change.”
Booming also argues that it is also unrealistic to cut off Communist Party leader Xi Jinping from the Communist Party as a whole. He notes that Xi represents the CCP’s long-standing grand strategy and vision, and that he has simply utilized some of the harsher measures to accelerate their implementation. According to Booming, the critique should still be directed at the CCP as a whole.
My view is that there should be a price to pay for being a member of the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. If you’re part of that party, that means you’re partly responsible for the shame of the Chinese nation, like the genocide that’s going on. I don’t think these acts represent the Chinese people, and they don’t represent the Chinese nation, but they do represent the Chinese Communist Party. So I don’t think we should be timid about criticizing the CCP or its ideology and the terrible atrocities it has committed.”
Booming noted that countering the aggressive behavior of the CCP has a high bipartisan consensus in Washington.