Xi Jinping’s protégé Chen Yixin: The “changes of the international landscape are in our favour.”
With Joe Biden set to assume the U.S. presidency next week, a senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) functionary declared that the time for China’s rise as the world’s number one superpower has finally arrived. The “changes of the international landscape are in our favour,” Chen Yixin, China’s top security official told the country’s law enforcers.
Communist China’s fight for supremacy over the United State was “both a skirmish and a protracted war,” said Chen Yixin, the head of China’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, the CCP organ in charge of the police, judiciary, and prisons.
Yixin is a powerful figure within the China’s communist apparatus. The 62-year-old party official is expected to succeed Xi Jinping as the country’s next leader, some media reports suggest. He was the key regime figure responsible of “restoring order” in coronavirus-hit Hubei province, where Wuhan city is located.
The Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post reported the senior Communist apparatchik’s comments:
A Chinese Communist Party official responsible for the country’s security apparatus has told law enforcers that the time for China’s rise has come but the struggle with the US will be a “long protracted battle”.
Chen Yixin, secretary general of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission – the top agency in charge of law enforcement – said at a study session on Monday that while the world was at a turbulent time, the global environment was to China’s advantage.
The session was held to study a speech President Xi Jinping made last week in which he said “time and momentum was on China’s side” in terms of global geopolitical changes. Monday’s session was attended by senior commission members who are expected to pass the message on to the rank and file.
“The rise of China is a major variable [of the world today] … while the rise of the East and the decline of the West has become [a global] trend and changes of the international landscape are in our favour,” Chen was quoted as saying in a report published on the commission’s website.
“The US suppression [of us] is a major threat but [our struggle with the US] is both a skirmish and a protracted war.”
The remarks by the leading CCP official reflect Beijing’s growing belief in its inevitable rise as the world’s sole superpower. China has given up its usual diplomatic restraint, adopted when it first launched economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping in the late 1980s, and instead has embarked on a policy of open military aggression against its Asian neighbors.
China’s foreign ministry is now pursuing an aggressive foreign policy, threatening other insubordinate countries with war and economic isolation. Beijing has dubbed this new aggressive course the “Wolf-Warrior” diplomacy. “[T]here are many ‘wolves’ out there in the world now. If there are ‘wolves,’ we must have ‘Wolf Warriors’ to fight,” China’s Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said in May last year.
Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, has created its first overseas bases in Djibouti, near the Horn of Africa, and in Pakistan’s Gwadar port overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is building and fortifying artificial islands in the South China Sea, encroaching on foreign waters and threatening sea lanes in the region.
Amid last year’s Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, China invaded Indian territory, occupying a strategic valley along the Himalayan border. Beijing also threatened to invade neighboring Taiwan and launched a trade war against Australia, a key U.S. ally in the Asia Pacific.
President Donald Trump’s administration is aware of the threat posed by Communist China. “Beijing intends to dominate the US and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” U.S. National Intelligence director'” John Ratcliffe, warned in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month. “China should be America’s primary national security focus going forward,” he concluded.
The Trump administration has worked to cut Chinese military access to U.S. technology and financial markets. In November 2020, President Trump signed an executive order banning several Chinese military-linked companies from getting access to U.S. know-how and investment.
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