The Looming Threat – China on the Horizon and the Coming Shift in the International Order
by. Raimondo Graziano
The threat posed by the rise of the Peoples Republic of China cannot be understated. They are increasingly becoming more belligerent in the posturing of their armed forces, and their economic and political ambitions grow each day. They claim to be peaceful, they claim to not have expansionist or ambitions akin to an Empire but their actions say otherwise. From the growing militarization of the South China Sea, an international waterway they claim in its entriety and its increasingly belligerent attitude towards nations enforcing the rule of international law in the sea. To their ambitious Belt and Road initiative wrapping nations up into its clasp through infrastructure investments and debt.
They have been for some time acquiring ports throughout the Indian Ocean, garnering a controlling interest in them, with stipulations that their naval forces may anchor there. They in essence are forming a series of naval bases for their forces at a speed unheard of – and the world is allowing this menace to enact its will. Perhaps most startlingly is their encroachment into Europe – the controlling interest in a port in Athens and now in Italy. They are attempting to drive a wedge through the European Union, which is hemorrhaged by internal strife among their member nations. They are masterfully seizing upon a lack of American leadership and the Western World going through the most tumultuous times it has seen since the Second World War at best, or the Fall of Rome at the worst.
The nations of Europe have neither the will or the patience to combat this growing threat. The United States is for its credit attempting to combat the Peoples Republic on numerous fronts – through trade, a military realignment towards the Pacific and a more scrutinizing eye towards the nation. But to fully reinvest in Western Leadership a fundamental shift is needed in the thinking in Washington and Brussels. Europe and the United States must go it together, or the whole of it all will fall assuredly. We are facing threats from numerous fronts – The Russian Federation and its efforts to undermine democracy in Europe and the United States, The Middle East, domestic white nationalist terrorism, international and domestic Islamic terrorism, the coming industrial shift in the economy through automation, rising nationalism as a backlash to the promise of multiculturalism and a more unified world, increasingly frequent authoritarian regimes and the disintegration of democracy globally, climate change and the horrors that will come from it, as well as the concentration of wealth into the hands of the few, and the rise of corporate powers comparable only to the American Gilded age. The world is in peril! Let no one tell you different. We stand on the cliffs edge of the next millennia of human history and it looks utterly bleak.
There are forces at work throughout the world, and domestically that are conspiring to undermine Western leadership and institutions in every corner of our society. The world that we are currently living in is going through immense changes – economically, culturally, politically, socially and everything that falls in between. There is a totalitarian realignment of the order that governs the world and the alternative that is coming is authoritarian, totalitarian, less free and bent on oppressing the masses and erasing the gains that have been made over time. The order that is coming is increasingly less opaque as the days wane on and should trouble all well meaning citizens of the world, let alone the country. We can shift the narrative, but it will take all of us united, together. I’m not sure if we have the will to do so. If I’m wrong, then good. If I’m right – then God save us all.