Book Review of China’s Vision of Victory, by Jonathan D, T. Ward. By Robert Genetski
China’s Vision of Victory examines China and its role in shaping the global economy in the decades ahead. Those interested in understanding China and its policies should read this book. It’s well-written and filled with documentation and references that provide excellent resources for demystifying myths about the world’s Middle Kingdom. The author shows how and why China is an existential threat to the US and the rest of the world. Given China’s focus on technology and the means it uses to achieve its goals, China’s challenge is akin to that posed by Nazi Germany. If successful, China’s suppression of freedom and independence would spread to all nations. Freedom would cease to exist. Jonathan Ward is a leading expert on China. His insights are the result, not only of academic studies, but of years bicycling and riding motor cycles throughout the rural areas of China. His knowledge of the Chinese people, their history, language and their leaders provides a unique perspective for understanding China’s role in shaping the world. Ward states that “the rise of China will be the central story of our lifetimes.” He provides extensive documentation to show China’s ambition is not simply to compete with the US and other countries. Rather, China’s vision is to dominate and subjugate the US and the rest of the world. It’s a vision deeply ingrained in China’s history, one the government inculcates into its citizens. With references to Chinese writings and speeches Ward shows how every facet of China’s moves—economic, diplomatic, geographic and military—are working to achieve a ”position of supremacy of all nations.” While the vision has always existed, China’s leaders believe they are now within a decade of achieving the tipping point necessary to control the rest of the world. While China presents itself as a peaceful nation, its history with Tibet, Xinjiang, Korea, India and Vietnam show a pattern of violence toward its neighbors. Even more disturbing, Ward shows how China’s leaders not only glorified war when the country was weak and poor, but continues to do so as something necessary to fulfill its destiny. China’s massive buildup in its military capabilities is fully consistent with its overall vision. China’s Belt and Road initiative is the latest plan to achieve global domination. The plan organizes the full power of China’s government and companies toward achieving dominance in key areas by 2025. There areas include the following: next generation IT, high-end digital control machine tools and robots, aerospace and aeronautical equipment, oceanographic engineering equipment and high-tech shipping, advanced rail transportation equipment, energy efficient and new energy autos, electric power equipment, agricultural machinery equipment, new materials and bio-pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. To achieve mastery in these areas, China will continue with its highly successful approach to success—forced joint-ventures, technology transfer, cyber-espionage, and conditional market access given to foreign firms to enter China’s giant market. Ward explains, Chinese firms, especially those known as “national champions,” are given priority over foreign firms inside the Chinese market, while benefiting from unconventional methods such as state-supported technology transfers, financing and espionage. … What happens after “incubation” in China’s giant domestic market is that these firms go out into the world—while continuing to receive the support of the Chinese state. When American and other global companies compete with their Chinese competitors, they are competing not only with these companies, but also with the Chinese state. … China’s economy is still state-led. … The Party retains control over most industries and many companies…. The Party decides which industries matter and invests massive resources. In essence, international corporations are in competition with a 12 trillion dollar authoritarian super-architect with global geopolitical objectives.
Ward documents numerous examples of China’s use of its economic power to threaten nations, foreign companies and even states. The strategy has been successfully used to pick on one victim after another and have it conform to China’s political positions or lose access to its extensive markets.
China’s leaders and Ward agree that the next decade will decide whether China achieves the tipping point. Beyond this point China’s economic and military power would allow it to dominate and subjugate the world. To prevent such a development, Ward suggests the rest of the world’s nations should wake up to the threat posed by China. With the United States taking the lead, the joint forces of major countries of the world would have sufficient economic power to counter the threat of world domination by an evil, murderous, totalitarian nation.