SHAUN WATERMAN, of the Washington Times, talks about NSA data collection and its legality. He also looks at Edward Snowden’s escape to Hong Kong as well as talks about the former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his choice to leak government documents.
GORDON CHANG of Forbes.com, shows what can be learned about the recent US-China summit in California based on what was and was not said regarding it. Namely, that the South China Sea and cyberwarfare were not topics of conversation.
DEAN CHENG, of the Heritage Foundation, discusses the recent “shirtsleeves” US-China summit and looks at the recent Chinese assertion over the South China Sea, Chinese hacking, and the Chinese government’s relationship with its' military.
TULIN DALOGLU, of Turkish Al-Monitor.com, joins Frank for a candid discussion on events that have unfolded in Turkey and what direction these protests are moving the country in.
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ROGER NORIEGA of American Enterprise Institute, in response to a new State Department report recently released, talks terrorists in the Western Hemisphere and Hezbollah’s actions south of the border.
DEAN CHENG of the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center remarks on the recent US government report that openly accuses the Chinese of cyber-espionage, as well as China's announcement that it considers much of the South China Sea to be not just its exclusive economic zone, but its territorial waters—a possession which would give China the say over whether ships can sail through one of the most-trafficked waters in the world.
ANDY MCCARTHY of the National Review Online, gives a brief analysis on a variety of some of the biggest issues that the US is facing toward including the seeping in of Sharia law into American law, McCain's recent visit to Syria and how he views this as the start of a campaign to embroil the United States into another war.
HENRY SOKOLSKI, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, explains why shifting American policy towards foreign countries seeking nuclear material is causing anger and confusion among the US Congress and American public.
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DEAN CHENG of the Heritage Foundation breaks down the realities and relationships surrounding calculations of war on the Korean Peninsula.
Former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine BING WEST shows that the Vietnam War is a teachable moment for understanding what is likely to happen if the United States withdraws from Afghanistan without leaving adequate support behind.
ROWAN SCARBOROUGH, writer for the Washington Times, talks about the impact the politicization of the Chiefs of Staff had on preparing for sequestration, and why the media is siding against the Pentagon in the budget fights.
Author of The Death of the The Grown Up, DIANA WEST finds historical context for the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East dating back to the Bush administration in a policy described as the Sunni Crescent.
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Posted in Dean Cheng on Oct 11th, 2011
What is Communist China up to these days and what does a secretive Beijing mean for its people, the United States, and its neighbors in the region? Research Fellow of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, Dean Cheng joins Frank for the entire show to delve into specifics about the role China is playing in the international community. According to Cheng, Communist China functions quite differently from the former USSR. While China now boasts the second largest economy in the world, the Soviet Union had a smaller economy than originally believed. Moreover, the Chinese leadership observed the failures of the USSR and kept the PLA a primarily local force, while making the economy functional on a global scale. This was a carefully crafted move by the Chinese, says Cheng, who put methodical thought into the process of military and naval expansion and the modernization of its capabilities. Thus, there will not be a sudden break out capacity of the Chinese military, but rather they will have developed a military adept at carrying out a long war against its enemies.
In his second segment at Secure Freedom Radio, Cheng touches on the mechanics of the Chinese economy. The importation of iron ore from Australia, food from the United States and Canada, and oil from Iran fuels the economy. It is a country completely dependent on foreign trade in order to function. Although the United States has enacted military restrictions on the Chinese military, the Chinese leadership continues to learn from the observation of our government. Through these observations, the Chinese have been able to quickly learn and implement how other countries behave and function. Thus, they function like parasites, growing on the backs of other countries’ innovations. Furthermore, the Chinese have started to implement policies in order to differentiate themselves from Russia and even the United States. This includes participating in UN peacekeeping missions and dispatching military aircraft and a naval warship to Libya to help in evacuation missions.
How does the United States deal with the threats caused by the rise of the Chinese? It is of paramount importance that the United States recognize what China is doing politically. While the leadership is not instigating an encirclement policy, it is putting psychological pressure on its neighbors in the region. We must understand their motives and develop a method to counter their actions. The United States can protect itself by first building military defenses against the Chinese. By asserting our military prowess, the United States would send the message that if conflict arises in the international waters surrounding China, the United States does not just reign supreme, but could stop Chinese military expansion right in its tracks.
Dean Cheng closes today’s show reflecting on the Chinese situation through the eyes of the Chinese themselves. Beijing is merely concerned with how to stay in power and pays no attention to the frustrations of the growing middle class. The next election in 2012 will be the first time since the establishment of the PRC in 1949 that the leaders coming to power were neither handpicked by revolutionary leaders or part of the revolutionary generation. This will bring the question of legitimacy to the forefront of Chinese politics, as candidates duel it out for the support of the Communist leadership.
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