“China’s rise has been so rapid yet gentle in tone that it’s easy to miss how fast Beijing has expanded its ability to project power. The mesmerising go-slow style of the pre-Xi years, summarised in the Chinese slogan “hide and bide”, has been replaced by what US analysts now see as an open power play.”
US presidents serve for four to eight years. Each succeeding president may have different domestic and foreign policies. During his first term, the president must spend time campaigning to get re-elected. Since 2008, America has had four presidents (Bush, Obama, Trump, Biden) — swinging each time from one party the other. For this reason, the American system doesn’t allow for much long-range planning domestically or internationally. For example, President Carter launched a solar-energy campaign. However, that initiative was dropped when he left office.
The exception to policy changes seems to be the 20-year “War on Terror” launched by Bush which Obama, Trump, and now Biden have continued. That policy is alienating the world and killing off/crippling many young Americans. War has taken money from much-needed infrastructure while China is forging ahead with several impressive domestic and international initiatives.
America used to lead the world in technology. Now, the US is increasingly looking second-rate, relying on foreign technology just to keep up. The video Fastest Train Being Built in America! – NYC to DC in 60 Minutes says the Northeast Maglev Project, the biggest public works project in the US, will use Japanese technology. The first leg from Washington to Baltimore is expected to be available in 2028 — 20 years after China’s rollout of a national network of high-speed bullet trains that it will show off to the world at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
China’s National Network Of High-Speed Bullet Trains
China’s President Xi Jinping was Vice President from 2008-2013 when he became President. Xi is considered the most powerful leader in China since Mao Zedong. Since the National People’s Congress removed term limits for the presidency in 2018, Xi may be President for the rest of his life. This means he can articulate a consistent vision and have the time to implement his domestic and foreign policies over many years — possibly decades.
At the beginning of the 21st century China had no high-speed railways. Under Xi, China has built a network of bullet trains and continues to expand it. Why China Is So Good at Building Railways says that in 2008, China began investing in its High-Speed Railroad network. By 2018, China had more high-speed trains than the rest of the world combined. A former trip of 44 hours over a distance equivalent to Washington, DC to Dallas takes about nine hours now. China is the poorest country in the world to have high-speed rail.
China’s new high-speed train will ‘float’ over tracks to hit 370 miles an hour says that’s more than 150 mph faster than the world’s fastest passenger trains now in regular intercity service which touch 217 mph on runs between Beijing and Shanghai. The driverless train went into service this year and is designed to float above the track using a technology known as magnetic levitation, or maglev. A trip by train could be even faster than traveling by air under certain circumstances.
The fastest passenger train in intercity service in the United States is Amtrak’s Acela Express which runs between Boston and Washington, D.C. It reaches a top speed of 150 mph — but only for 34 miles of the 450-mile route. Train tickets on the Acela Express from New York to Washington, DC, frequently go for more than $200. Train tickets for the bullet trains cost about $100.
China’s ‘bullet train’ network is the largest in the world — and it’s about to get even bigger. In 2018, China’s “bullet train” network was already the largest in the world at 15,500 miles compared to the second biggest high-speed rail network in Spain which is just 1,926 miles. It adds that by 2020, China plans to expand its high-speed rail network to around 18,600 miles, linking most of the nation’s big cities.
The New Silk Road: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
The New Silk Roads: The New Asia and the Remaking of the World Order by Peter Frankopan says: “All roads used to lead to Rome. Today they lead to Beijing.”
China Railway Express: From Silk Road to Silk Railroad Two says that a thousand years ago, commodities could take a year to get from China to Europe over the old Silk Road. Marco Polo’s reports of China inspired Europeans to travel to China and eventually led to the trip by Christopher Columbus in pursuit of a westward path to the wealth of the Indies. There was also a Maritime Silk Road of ports in a vast network of international commerce that connected East and West.
This Silk Road spirit was one of peace, cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefits. In his 1938 book, The Silk Road, Swedish Explorer Sven Hadin wrote,
“It can be said without exaggeration that this traffic artery through the whole of the old world is the longest, and from a cultural-historical standpoint, the most significant connecting link between peoples and continents that has ever existed on Earth.”
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World shows that understanding the old Silk Road provides a deeper understanding of China’s role in history – and how China is changing the world today.
When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order: Second Edition is by Dr. Martin Jacques, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Modern International Relations, Tsinghua University and at the China Institute, Fudan University. Dr. Jacques is also a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, Fudan University, Shanghai, as well as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Dr. Jacques predicts that China’s economic power is likely to be much greater than any we have ever seen.
President Xi may be unique in history because his vision in not just for China – but for the world. Xi’s plans extend around the globe in multiple ways.
China’s participation in the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) provides a countermeasure to Western dominance. With the rise of the BRIC nations, there is an increasing realization that the balance of power has changed in a way the West is not dealing with effectively.
China’s Multi-Faceted Investment Across Africa
China’s investment in the infrastructure of many of the 55 African nations is reviving that continent and winning friends for China. China is gaining access to the mineral resources it needs for industrialization while building roads, highways, schools, universities, hospitals, airports, wells, and manufacturing centers for Africa. The West has much to learn from China’s way of dealing with Africa.
The video China’s Footprint in Africa shows the deep investment China has been making in multiple sectors in a variety of African countries for several years.
Why Is Canada Training Chinese Troops?
Canada is apparently now part of China’s global network — posing an immediate threat on America’s northern border. China Launched World War III With COVID discusses China’s growing multifaceted threats to America now on our borders with Mexico and Canada.
C16 FIGHTER JET SHOT DOWN BY CHINESE TROOPS IN CANADA THE US BOMBS CHINESE DUMB NEAR MAINE reports a Chinese military incursion in Wisconsin from Canada in December. An F-16 fighter jet intercepted, but was shot down and the pilot is still missing. The next day, a bomb reportedly detonated a base in Maine where 50,000 Chinese troops had assembled after coming from Canada by boat.
Ezra Levant of Canada’s Rebel Media is the author of China Virus: How Justin Trudeau’s Pro Communist Ideology Is Putting Canadians In Danger. His articles and Trudeau invited Chinese troops to train at Canadian military bases shows that China has won over Canada!
It reports “Justin Trudeau invited China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to send its troops for cold weather training…The China Files show that Trudeau’s submissive approach to China is the official policy of his government.” Levant made the files available at The China Files.