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‘Committee on the Present Danger: China’ Launches

A team of America’s top national security thinkers, leaders, China experts, business leaders, human rights and religious freedom activists, and others has launched a new organization, The Committee on the Present Danger: China, (CPDC) to awaken Americans to the danger posed by the Chinese Communist Party and the country it misrules—and equip government and private sector leaders with recommendations for mitigating that multifaceted and growing threat.

The CPDC hosted its first meeting on March 25, 2019 at the Reserve Officers Association ballroom. That meeting was followed yesterday, April 9, by a roundtable meeting at the same location, featuring presentations by Senator Ted Cruz, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Gordon Chang, Author of The Coming Collapse of China, Lianchoa Han, Co-Founder, Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars, Steve Bannon, former Strategic Advisor to the President, and others.

The Committee for the Present Danger: China Chairman Brian Kennedy and Vice Chairman Frank Gaffney have released a brief statement explaining reasons for organizing the CPDC and its mission.

The Committee on the Present Danger: China” is a wholly-independent and non-partisan effort to educate and inform American citizens and policymakers about the existential threats presented from the Peoples Republic of China under the misrule of the Chinese Communist Party. Its purpose is to explain these threats that range from: the PRC’s accelerating military buildup; its active information and political warfare that targets the American people and our business, political and media elites; cyber warfare; and, economic warfare.

The Committee takes no ideological point of view, rather it relies on the facts as reasonable people can understand them. Armed with these facts, the Committee believes Americans’ abundant common sense will prompt them to demand of their elected officials that all reasonable measures be taken to defend the United States, its vital economic interests, and the security of its citizens.

According to the organization’s Mission Statement distributed at the April 9, 2019 meeting, the mission of the “Committee on the Present Danger: China” is to help defend America through public education and advocacy against the full array of conventional and non-conventional dangers posed by the People’s Republic of China. As with the Soviet Union in the past, Communist China represents an existential and ideological threat to the United States and to the idea of freedom—one that requires a new American consensus regarding the policies and priorities required to defeat this threat. And for this purpose, it is necessary to bring to bear the collective skills, expertise and energies of a diverse group of experts on China, national security practitioners, human rights and religious freedom activists and others who have joined forces under the umbrella of the “Committee on Present Danger: China.”

 The organization also presented attendees of the April 9 roundtable with a set of guiding principles to assist Americans in understanding the Communist China threat, among which are:

Global hegemony has been the longstanding goal of the Chinese Communist Party the pursuit of which has become, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, increasingly brazen, blatant, and aggressive.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), especially the party-controlled Chinese military, regards the United States as the only real impediment to its aspirations.

For decades, the PRC has used an array of asymmetric financial, economic, cyber, information, influence, espionage, political warfare and other techniques (including unconventional ones) to weaken and ultimately defeat America.

Increasingly, China can also project power globally and decisively using a combination of: stolen, purchased and indigenously developed hardware; a growing collection of strategically located overseas ports, airfields and bases; denial of access to strategic minerals and other resources; space and space-related capabilities; predatory investment and finance for global strategic gain; modernized and probably clandestine nuclear forces; state and non-state proxies; and a new way of warfare based on cyber operations and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to neutralize others’ defense capabilities.

The United States is likely to face in the foreseeable future a determined and aggressive superpower adversary, prepared and willing to use force, as well as non-military forms of warfare, to defeat this country decisively. The PRC’s aggressive actions are increasingly putting at risk its own people and environment and that of the rest of the world.

Particularly ominous has been the CCP’s success of late in undermining and subverting Western democracies from within through its: control, domination and exploitation of Chinese diaspora communities, including overseas students, professors and researchers; influence operations in the Western media and in academia; and the use of American and other corporations and even individuals invested in or doing business with China as advocates for accommodating Beijing.

To steal the personal information of ordinary American citizens and to subvert their perceptions, opinions, and behavior.

In the face of such threats, America must mobilize all instruments of national power to protect its people, territory, human freedom, vital interests and allies from the Chinese Communist Party.

Prevailing against this dangerous adversary will require an understanding of the threat posed by its totalitarian system; a determination to reverse decades of American miscalculation, inaction and appeasement; and concerted, sustained effort on the part of the U.S. government, civil society, private sector business entities and the public at large to implement needed corrective actions.

There is no hope of coexistence with China as long as the Communist Party governs the country. We seek China’s peaceful evolution into a nation that respects the rule of law and individual human rights, instead of threatening its own people, as well as others.

The Committee on the Present Danger: China is committed to educating policymakers and the American people about the mortal threat posed by the Communist Chinese Party and recommending and advocating for essential policy course-corrections aimed at defeating PRC aggression and keeping the United States and Free World strong and safe.

At the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union the original Committee on the Present Danger was formed with Ronald Reagan as a member. The goal of those patriots was to alert Americans to the on-going danger of Soviet Communism and its expansionist ambitions and to propose actions that would defeat those ambitions. Later some 39 individuals associated with the CPD joined the Reagan administration to formulate and implement the strategies that would bring down the Soviet empire.

We commend Messrs. Kennedy, Gaffney and the founding members of The Committee on the Present Danger: China for their foresight and patriotism and urge CHQ readers and friends to go to to learn more about the organization and how you can help educate your fellow Americans on the actions necessary to defeat the mortal threat posed by the Communist Chinese Party and its goal of world domination.

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