China Seeks Hegemony in East Asia
A U.S. Congressional hearing on Feb. 23 was very revealing. The U.S. Pacific Commander, Admiral Harry Harris, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and all U.S. Senators and presidential candidates should carefully read his message. He said, "I believe China seeks hegemony in East Asia. Simple as that."
"China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea," Admiral Harris continued, despite President Xi Jinping's claims to the contrary, "and you'd have to believe in a flat earth to believe otherwise." He said China is changing "the operational landscape in the South China Sea," a body of water where $5 trillion in global trade transits annually.
Admiral Harris is pushing for regular "freedom of navigation" patrols to challenge China's lawless claims to international waters. The U.S. has already conducted several such patrols.
At the same hearing, Sen. John McCain suggested that the U.S. Navy base a second aircraft carrier in Japan. McCain warned that "China's increasingly assertive pattern of behavior calls into serious question whether China's rise will in fact be peaceful." Wall Street Journal, 2-24-16
North Korea's Nuclear Breakthrough
We have now gotten the adequate anti-missile defenses that President Reagan called for in 1983. And now we need those defenses more than ever. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who commands U.S. forces in South Korea, warned that North Korea is now able to build a nuclear weapon small enough to sit on top of a ballistic missile.
We should abandon the illusion that economic and diplomatic "carrots" can induce better behavior from the North Koreans. They are Communists! We should seek regime change by targeting the finances of their leaders.
We should also take advantage of whatever time we have before North Korea builds a missile that can reach America. China has acknowledged that it has an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads to the U.S. As Ronald Reagan warned us, an anti-missile defense is essential to protect Americans, and that's the number-one job of our federal government. Wall Street Journal, 10-24-14; Agence France-Presse, 8-1-14
Chinese Students Flood into U.S. Campuses
In 2013 - 2014, more than 274,000 Chinese students came to the U.S. to study, the most from any country, including a big increase in the number of Chinese undergraduates. Many have poor English-speaking skills and little understanding of how to function in the U.S. school and college systems. U.S. colleges are starting a variety of programs to make the transition easier on the students.
U.S. colleges are adapting by bringing additional employees, such as academic advisors, translators, and staff to handle immigration paperwork. Purdue and Ohio State have hired Mandarin speaking counselors to address the mental health needs of Chinese students.
Some colleges have started to host pre-departure orientations in Beijing and Shanghai. These schools include Purdue, Ohio State, the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois. At these sessions, Chinese parents are addressed in Chinese, which means our schools have to hire translators. Of course, all this extra expense is paid for by the already overburdened American taxpayers. US News & World Report, 6-30-15