What It’s About: The very idea that there is a threat from China will surprise some Americans steeped in the ongoing war on terrorism and Islamic extremism which have been the foremost national-security concerns confronting the United States in the post 9/11 era. The new challenge is that Communist-ruled China poses an existential threat to U. S. national security of the sort not seen since the days of the former Soviet Union. Whether we want to be or not, we’re engaged in a new Cold War. Veteran investigative journalist Bill Gertz lays bare the Chinese ambition to dominate the 21st Century both militarily and economically…and how Beijing views us as its main enemy to be vanquished. The Trump administration made great strides in confronting China and carried out a major strategic shift in American policies toward Beijing. The Biden team has said it plans to continue some of the new approaches that regard the Chinese as strategic competitors to be challenged on some policy fronts; and, to seek greater allied support for tougher policies – something unlikely to be achieved.
Presenter: Bil Gertz, a national-security correspondent for The Washington Times since 1985. He has authored eight books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy, reveals details of the growing threat posed by the People's Republic of China. He is also the author of the eBook, How China's Communist Party Made the World Sick. Gertz also writes Inside the Ring, a weekly column that chronicles the U.S. national-security bureaucracy. He has been a guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.; the Central Intelligence Agency; the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington; and, the Brookings Institution in Washington. He also participated in the National Security Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and involved in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.