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Due to a CIA error, NATO forces mistakenly bombed the Chinese Embassy
in Belgrade, Friday, mistaking it for the Yugoslav Federal Directorate
of Supply and Procurement. Three Chinese nationals are reported dead,
with twenty wounded and considerable property damage. The reaction in
China has been violent.
In Beijing an estimated 20,000 demonstrators marched on Saturday and
Sunday, besieging the U.S. Embassy, pelting it with rocks and bottles,
carrying signs that said “USA are killers” and “USA go to hell!” One
placard contained the four Chinese characters that translate: “blood
must be repaid in blood.” The British and Albanian embassies were also
attacked. Demonstrators shouted that the British were “running dogs.”
U.S. Ambassador James Sasser reported that Americans trapped in the
U.S. Embassy are virtual hostages, unable to leave the building for fear
of violence. Other reports indicate that the Chinese government is
behind the protests, shipping demonstrators into the city, orchestrating
their movements. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., said on NBC’s Meet the
Press: “It is clear that the Chinese are orchestrating this for some
What political reason could there be?
Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian met last week with Cuban Defense
Minister Raul Castro. What was discussed? Military cooperation between
Cuba and China. Soon China will join Russia in having a strategic
presence on Fidel Castro’s communist island-stronghold. This would
further complement the Chinese position in Panama, where
Chinese-controlled front companies now operate the ports of entry on
either side of the Panama Canal.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) continues its
campaign to get operational control of the former Long Beach Naval
Station. According to Timothy Maier, writing for Insight magazine, if
the Chinese fail to get the Long Beach facility, they will attempt to
get a base in Los Angeles. The idea, as in Panama, is for Chinese front
companies to operate their own port facilities. Concerned U.S.
intelligence experts say that Chinese control of a U.S. mainland port
could create a “national security nightmare.” In fact, the Chinese Ocean
Shipping Company has already been linked with heroin and arms smuggling
into the United States.
Chinese espionage and sabotage operations against the United States
would be facilitated by China possessing its own port on U.S. soil.
Being in charge of port security, the Chinese military could bring
nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons into the U.S. through such an
Would they ever contemplate such a thing?
Anyone acquainted with recent Chinese moves should not be surprised
at China’s furious anti-American outburst. This outburst is, to a large
extent, contrived. Everyone knows the NATO attack was an accident.
President Clinton has apologized for it again and again. But the Chinese
propaganda machine will not admit any accidents. Any close observation
of China’s strategic behavior reveals a war psychology at work behind
the scenes. And before you can have a war, you must demonize your enemy,
mobilize the hearts and minds of your people — especially to justify
your own actions, which might well include the unleashing of nuclear
Last year China formed an alliance with its former communist partner,
Russia. Defense Minister Chi Haotian met with Russian Defense Minister
Igor Sergeyev to arrange the demilitarization of their common 2,500-mile
border. Three hundred Russian combat units were re-deployed to the West.
A similar number of Chinese military units were also re-deployed. The
significance of this, in the wake of the Balkans war, should not be
missed. The strategic partnership between Russia and China has altered
the balance of power. America is no longer the undisputed superpower.
Americans should remember that when Henry Kissinger flew to China in
1971, the Chinese nation was weak. China’s economy had contracted in the
wake of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. China’s military was hopeless. But
now China is a formidable economic power, possessing the world’s largest
conventional armed forces. Its alliance with Russia combines the world’s
greatest nuclear power with the world’s greatest conventional power.
According to the highest-ranking defector from the Russian General
Staff, Colonel Stanislav Lunev, this combination has powerful
Therefore, the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was a lucky
hit — for the Russian-Chinese alliance. In Russia, popular outrage
against America has reached such an extreme that tourists dare not speak
English on the Moscow subway. People have been roughed-up for reading
English language newspapers. Hundreds of thousands of Russians have gone
into uniform. A colossal military mobilization is under way. Slavic
brotherhood has been extolled by the presidents of Belarus and Ukraine,
showing that solidarity yet exists between former Soviet
republics. Meanwhile, Russian officials have been openly worrying about
the approach of World War III. Last week Russian President Boris Yeltsin
commented on the possibility of an accidental nuclear war, saying: “Just
let Clinton, a little bit, accidentally, send a missile.
We’ll answer immediately. …”
Even the great Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has denounced NATO’s attack on
Yugoslavia, saying, “NATO has brought us into a new era, just as Hitler
did when he quit the League of Nations and World War II Began.”
Solzhenitsyn then added, “If they [NATO] were seriously concerned about
defending the oppressed, they could, over the past 40 or 50 years, have
defended the Kurds, for example, who are scattered across several
countries, annihilated and unfortunate. But they don’t do it because
Turkey is a useful ally.”
Russian diplomats have been furiously rushing around the world,
attempting to forge a new super-alliance with which to confront America.
Talk has continued of a Russia-China-India axis.
Consequently, Pakistan has sought to iron out its differences with
India — hoping it will not be left out in the cold. At the same time
Russia is attempting to break up the West’s alliance, NATO. A surface
appearance of reasonableness in Kremlin public statements is meant to
drive a wedge between Europe and America. The fact is, post-war Russia’s
foremost diplomatic objective has been the breakup of NATO.
And now it is China’s objective, too. In Beijing one of the most
popular signs held by demonstrators says: “Break up NATO!”
Has anyone understood what is happening here? Has anyone caught the
There are deep undercurrents at work. The present crisis has been
exploited by America’s enemy’s abroad. Russian military and political
leaders have long believed that global war is inevitable, that the
United States is their future enemy. Their preparations have been
long-term and they have spared no expense. By attacking Russia’s ally,
Yugoslavia, the Western alliance has exposed itself to a powerful series
of diplomatic counter-moves.
Despite talk of peace the danger of war continues to intensify. Even
if the present crisis is overcome, Russia may not demobilize the forces
it has recently begun to build. Meanwhile, the Chinese are mobilizing
public support for war with America. More and more, 1999 is
looking like 1939.