World War 3: UK-China-US tensions a ‘first’ in history sparks widespread fears
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A former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) insider has claimed China is a serious threat to the world. Cai Xia made the warning shortly after she was expelled from the party earlier this week following her scathing attack on the party’s leader and country’s president, Xi Jinping. Ms Cai spent years at the party’s top training centre and think tank, with the outspoken professor having surprised many with her liberal ideas and support for democratic reform.
The former party official has been living in the US since last year after she became stranded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
She said fears over President Xi’s global plan should be realised, and urged the US to implement more sanctions against the country in order to prevent the CCP from “infiltrating global institutions and spreading Xi’s “totalitarian” ideals, according to CNN.
The CCP aims “to replace the free and democratic system of modern mankind represented by the United States, and the values and order of peace, democracy, freedom and justice,” with its own model of governance she went on to claim.
Despite her pressing warnings, many believe that it would be impossible for the CCP and Xi to exert their power and authority onto other countries, while some outright deny that China wants to physically control anything further than its near-abroad.
Sean King, senior vice-president of Park Strategies in New York and an affiliated scholar at University of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute, told Express.co.uk, that the current geopolitical landscape between countries like, for example, China and the UK, has never before been seen.
By this, Mr King went on to explain that places like the US and China, the UK and China, although on paper appear to be at loggerheads politically, rely on each other in areas of economic and commerce – a point which has never been as salient as today.
It came as he condemned comparisons of today’s issue with events during the Cold War, and said: “I’m weary of drawing those comparisons.
“I’m even more weary of drawing comparisons between today and the Cold War.
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“Because the Cold War and the Soviet Union was about ideology, it was communism vs capitalism, more or less.
“But today, there is no real ideology, its nationalism and nationalist interest.
“And plus so many of our own friends and allies count on China as their number one trade and investment partner.
“Imagine the Cold War and Denmark having the Soviet Union as its number one trade partner, or Soviet investment in Munich – it just wouldn’t happen.
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“I really don’t appreciate these Cold War analogies that too many people are trying to draw because it’s such a different thing.
“No ideology and the economic interdependence make today’s situation so different, unlike any other.
“I can’t think of any other major, I won’t even call it conflict because we’re not at war, but a rivalry between two major powers who themselves, friends and allies are so economically intertwined with each other; it’s really a first in many ways.”
Mr King said it is vital in this climate that countries, “free world” countries, work together economically to blunt their dependence on China and not sacrifice their moral values.
This, he said, could be done through various avenues, including forging trading agreements.
The UK and China exchange a considerable amount of money and goods.
In 2019, UK exports to China were worth £30.7billion.
Meanwhile, imports from China were tallied £49billion – leaving a trade deficit of £18.3billion.
Many have noted that the UK could reduce its dependency on China through joining the trading bloc behemoth Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) post-Brexit.
The move would be doubly beneficial, its proponents say, because it would open up a new channel of trade with Asia, Latin America, and North America following Brexit.
Mr King said it would essentially enable Britain “not to have to make moral compromises when doing business” in reference to China.
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