环球时报记者 高颖 环球时报特约记者 莫然
Dear President Trump,
America’s exceptional history, successive generations have risen to the
challenge of protecting and furthering our founding principles, and defeating
existential threats to our liberties and those of our allies. Today, our
generation is challenged to do the same by a virulent and increasingly
dangerous threat to human freedoms—the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through
the nation it misrules: the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Communists’ stated ambitions are antithetical to America’s strategic interests,
and the PRC is increasingly taking actions that imperil the United States and
our allies. The past forty years during which America pursued an open policy of
“engagement” with the PRC have contributed materially to the incremental
erosion of U.S. national security.
be permitted to continue.
China is not
as we wish it to be. In our political system, politics is the norm, and war is
the exception. It is explicitly the opposite in the PRC’s worldview. Going
forward, we must better understand and deal with this dangerous asymmetry.
We the undersigned, are encouraged by
the broad and coherent strategy of robust, alternative policies you have
adopted to confront the PRC’s campaign to undermine the national interests of
the United States and its allies. We encourage you to stay the course on your
path of countering Communist China.
acknowledge and support your robust National Security Strategy that properly
sets forth why the United States must counter the PRC. Opposing the advance of
tyranny is fully in keeping with the founding principles of America and our
rich heritage of defending freedom and liberty, both at home and, where
We note the
PRC does not recognize the principles and rules of the existing international
order, which under a Pax Americana has enabled the greatest period of peace and
global prosperity in mankind’s history. The PRC rejects this order both
ideologically and in practice. China’s rulers openly proclaim and insist on a
new set of rules to which other nations must conform, such as their efforts to
dominate the East and South China Seas and the so-called “Belt and Road
Initiative” with its debt-trap diplomacy, designed to extend such hegemony worldwide.
The only persistently defining principle of the CCP is the sustainment and
expansion of its power.
Over the past
forty years of Sino-American relations, many American foreign policy experts
did not accurately assess the PRC’s intentions or attributed the CCP’s
reprehensible conduct to the difficulties of governing a country of 1.3 billion
people. American policymakers were told time and again by these adherents of
the China-engagement school that the PRC would become a “responsible
stakeholder” once a sufficient level of economic modernization was achieved.
This did not happen and can not so long as the CCP rules China.
routinely and systematically suppresses religious freedom and free speech,
including the imprisonment of over one million citizens in Xinjiang and the
growing suppression of Hong Kong’s autonomy. The PRC also routinely violates
its obligations, as it does with the World Trade Organization, freedom of
navigation and the protection of coral reefs in the South China Sea. Beijing then
demands that its own people and the rest of the world accept their false
narratives and justifications, demands aptly termed as “Orwellian nonsense.”
The PRC is
not and never has been a peaceful regime. It uses economic and military
force—what it calls its “comprehensive national power”—to bully and intimidate
others. The PRC threatens to wage war against a free and democratically led
It is expanding its reach around the
globe, co-opting our allies and other nations with the promise of economic
gain, often with authoritarian capitalism posing as free commerce, corrupt
business practices that go-unchecked, state-controlled entities posing as
objective academic, scientific or media institutions and trade and development
deals that lack reciprocity, transparency and sustainability. The CCP corrupts
everything it touches.
expansionism is not random or ephemeral. It is manifestly the unfolding of the
CCP’s grand strategy. The Party’s ambitions have been given many names, most
recently the “China Dream,” the “great rejuvenation” of China, or the
“Community of Common Destiny.” The “Dream” envisioned by the Communist
Party is a nightmare for the Chinese people and the rest of the world.
support the Chinese people, the vast majority of whom want to live peaceful
But we do not
support the Communist government of China, nor its control by the dangerous Xi Jinping clique.
We welcome the measures you have taken to confront Xi’s government and
selectively to decouple the U.S. economy from China’s insidious efforts to
weaken it. No amount of U.S. diplomatic, economic, or military “engagement”
will disrupt the CCP’s grand strategy.
If there is
any sure guide to diplomatic success, it is that when America leads other
nations follow. If history has taught us anything it is that clarity and
commitment of leadership in addressing existential threats, like from the PRC,
will be followed by our allies when policy prescriptions such as yours become a
reality. The PRC’s immediate strategy is to delay, stall, and otherwise wait
out your presidency. Every effort must be made therefore to institutionalize
now the policies and capabilities that can rebalance our economic relations
with China, strengthen our alliances with like-minded democracies and
ultimately to defeat the PRC’s global ambitions to suppress freedom and