On Feb. 27, the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) held the seventh in a series of non-partisan, topical and timely 2020 Policy Battlespace Threat Briefings at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. These programs are aimed at informing presidential candidates, the electorate and state officials about the ominous ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and—thanks in no small measure to financing from U.S. investors—its growing capabilities to act on them.
NASHVILLE—On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) held in Tennessee the sixth in a series of non-partisan, topical and timely 2020 Policy Battlespace Threat Briefings. They are aimed at informing presidential candidates, the electorate and state government leaders about the ominous ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and—thanks in no small measure to financing from U.S. investors—its growing capabilities to act on them.
The Facebook-live-streamed Tennessee Threat Briefing took place at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel outside of Nashville.
The briefers included two members of the CPDC and another expert who addressed the urgent need for presidential candidates and voters in the state’s upcoming presidential primary on March 3 to understand the multifaceted and proliferating threats posed by the CCP to this country and the world. Whether those who seek to be our next Commander-in-Chief like it or not, they will have to contend with and counterChina’s decades-long “unrestricted warfare.” And those doing the hiring for that position have a need to know that the applicants are up to what is certain to be Job #1 in the national security portfolio, and probably in the economic and public health ones, as well.
Given the setting, a particular focus of the CPDC presentation in Tennessee was the CCP’s systematic and intensifying oppression of the Chinese people, notably Christians and other religious communities. The briefers observed that the impact of China’s new, Orwellian “social credit system” and the cumulative effect of decades of brainwashing and manipulation at the party’s hands has been an acute suppression of spirituality among the people of China and an attendant growing propensity to support—and even participate in—the Chinese Communists’ criminal behavior.
As with all of these 2020 Policy Battlespace Threat Briefings, a major feature of the presentation and discussion was the dangerous contribution being made to the present and growing danger from China by individual and institutional U.S. investors—including most state public pension funds. Such investors are, wittingly or unwittingly, underwriting CCP-owned or -affiliated companies engaged in behavior inimical to our vital interests, economic competitiveness and/or national security.
Commendably, the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) does not invest in Chinese (or Russian) corporations due to a policy that filters out countries and companies that fail to measure up to the state’s standards with respect to corruption and democracy. This approach could serve as a model for other states as well.