Chin strategy,win the war without fighting.Sun Tzu and all that...Now there was apiece in the Chindu which wanted India to carve out a new NAM,with India taking the lead role,not getting involved in the West/US vs Ru vs China neo-Cold War imbroglio on at the moment.It echoes what I've been saying for long that we must carve out our won destiny and be a magnet for like-minded nations to join with,establishing our own power bloc.I earlier proposed dumping SAARC for SAFE (South Asian Forum Economic) ,where nations pledge not to allow anti-national forces,terrorist,etc. on their territory aimed at member nations.That would automatically rule out Pak who would not be able to sign on! We could like the EU also in the future have a single currency,the Rupee,as it is called in all S.Asian states.Even Mauritius has its own rupee.
Anyway,here is what's happening with the Americans ,trying to counter the Chin threat.
[quote]China is trying to 'win without fighting': US military 'kept up at night' by Beijing's open checkbook and global expansion, while spies fear American universities are being infiltrated
American military and intelligence are increasingly concerned about China
Navy and Marine Corps commanders told Congress that Beijing's 'open checkbook' is 'keeping them up at night'
US is worried about a recent deal in which Chinese companies paid $1.12billion for controlling interest in a deep-sea port, Hambantota, in Sri Lanka There is also concern that Chinese spies are trying to infiltrate American college campuses through Confucius Institutes
By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com and Afp
PUBLISHED: 15:11 GMT, 8 March 2018 | American military and intelligence officials are growing increasingly concerned about China's expanding global influence which they say is being fueled by its 'weaponizing of capital'.
In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, the top commanders of the United States Navy and the Marine Corps told lawmakers that Beijing's 'open checkbook' is 'keeping them up at night.'
They said the Asian giant is buying up more land and growing in power without firing a shot, enabling it to 'win without fighting.''When it comes to China, the bottom line there is the checkbook,' Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told legislators on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, according to The Hill.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller (above) and Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told Congress they were worried about China's 'open checkbook' that was fueling its expanding influence across the globe +5
'Not only in the dollars and cents that they are writing to support their military expansion and their technological work, but what they're doing around the globe ... weaponizing capital.'
Spencer was referring to a recent deal in which Chinese companies paid $1.12billion for controlling interest in a deep-sea port, Hambantota, in Sri Lanka.
The deal has raised concerns, particularly in countries such as India and the US who are known to be worried that such a foothold could give it a military naval advantage in the Indian Ocean.
'Their open checkbook keeps me up at night,' Spencer said.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller also told lawmakers at the hearing that China is 'playing the long game.'
'Their concern with human rights is not there, they've got big bags of cash. They're buying airfields and ports to extend their reach ... they want to win without fighting,' Neller said.
The Marine Corps commandant said that while China is using money to extend its reach, Russia is building up its military..
'The Russians, I think, are a little more in your face,' Neller said.
'I don't think they want to fight us, personally, but I think they want to be able to impose their will and use intimidation.'
In addition to military concerns over China's growing clout, the CIA is also worried that the Chinese are targeting American college campuses to gain influence over what is taught to students.
Spencer was referring to a recent deal in which Chinese companies paid $1.12billion for controlling interest in a deep-sea port, Hambantota, in Sri Lanka (above)
A classified CIA report, part of which was obtained by The Washington Free Beacon, alleges that the ruling Communist Party in China is offering universities cash in exchange for censoring academic content.
'The CCP provides 'strings-attached' funding to academic institutions and think tanks to deter research that casts it in a negative light,' the CIA claims.
'It has used this tactic to reward pro-China viewpoints and coerce Western academic publications and conferences to self-censor.
'The CCP often denies visas to academics who criticize the regime, encouraging many China scholars to preemptively self-censor so they can maintain access to the country on which their research depends.'
Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the agency was investigating dozens of Confucius Institutes on scores of college campuses nationwide. Above is a stock image of Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas
Last month, the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the agency was investigating dozens of Confucius Institutes on scores of college campuses nationwide.
The Confucius Institute is a Chinese-backed cultural and language center that US intelligence officials fear can be exploited as a tool to spy on Americans.
Wray said that China has been 'exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have.'
US spy agencies are particularly worried about Confucius Institutes on 13 campuses, among them Arizona State, Auburn, Purdue, Stanford, and the University of Washington.
These colleges also host top secret Pentagon research facilities that US authorities worry are targeted by Chinese agents.
China's foreign minister sought Thursday to downplay concerns about Beijing's global ambitions, while also hinting at consequences for countries that don't fall in line on issues like Taiwan.
Pledging that China had no desire to 'replace America' on the global stage, Wang Yi said the Asian nation's path 'is totally different than the one that has already been taken by traditional major powers'.
China's foreign minister, Wang Yi (above), sought Thursday to downplay concerns about Beijing's global ambitions, while also hinting at consequences for countries that don't fall in line on issues like Taiwan +5
'The more China develops, the more it can contribute to the world,' Wang said in a press conference.
Wang spoke as 3,000 members of China's mostly ceremonial national legislature have gathered for their annual meeting in Beijing, where they are set to grant President Xi Jinping a nearly limitless mandate to realise his vision of a resurgent China.
Xi's ambitions are not limited to home: he has clearly articulated his vision of putting China at the centre of world affairs, a position reflecting its Chinese name: 'the Middle Kingdom.'
The departure from the country's long-held stance of keeping a low profile had raised fears abroad of spreading Chinese influence.
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