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The media are absorbed with the race for the Republican presidential nomination – commenting on daily fluctuations in the polls and predicting who will win. But why are they omitting discussion of the elephant in the room – China?

When Donald Trump briefly considered running for president, his straight talk about China helped him rise to the top of the Republican field. So why aren’t the media interrogators asking other candidates any questions about China?

Communist China is a tremendous national-security issue. The only cut President Barack Obama is willing to make in federal spending is in our military power, which means he will be ceding our military superiority to China and other hostile totalitarian nations.

While Obama is shutting down our U.S. space program, China is going full-speed ahead to achieve space dominance, along with the ability to deny it to America. Space is essential to the gathering, transmission and use of information necessary to fight and win future wars.

This year, China unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter plane that could pose a significant threat to our air superiority, and a Chinese military milestone was passed when China’s first aircraft carrier completed its maiden voyage.

China is also deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that could sink U.S. aircraft carriers. Finally, China is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons to use against our aircraft carriers in any conflict over Taiwan.

Communist China is also a huge jobs issue, and jobs are the No. 1 presidential campaign issue. China is a killer of U.S. jobs, not only from U.S. outsourcing, but also by taking thousands of construction jobs away from U.S. workers.

Despite California’s 10 percent unemployment, China will soon finish rebuilding the great San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge damaged in the 1989 earthquake. A Chinese company built the construction machinery and the 12 bridge segments in China. The company is installing them in California, using 3,000 imported Chinese workers (steel-cutters, welders, engineers, etc.), paid $12-a-day, working 7 a.m. till 11 p.m., seven days a week and sleeping in a company dorm.

China has already built seven U.S. schools, bought a large chunk of real estate in Toledo, Ohio, and purchased oil and gas fields in Texas. China has contracts to build a 4,000-room casino in Atlantic City and to refurbish the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem River.

In Idaho, China is using a federal program that grants permanent residency to foreign nationals and special tax exemptions to foreign firms that move to the U.S. But surprise, surprise, the Chinese industries in Idaho will be staffed by imported Chinese workers.

Targets of Chinese investment in New York include the New York subway system, a Metro-North train platform near Yankee Stadium, luxury apartments and major leases in the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center.

After General Electric’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, closed all of GE U.S. Edison light-bulb plants and opened a light-bulb plant in China, Barack Obama named Immelt his jobs czar. Immelt then announced GE would move its 115-year-old X-ray division from Wisconsin to Beijing, where GE would invest $2 billion, train 65 engineers and create six research centers.

GE is now pursuing a joint venture with China to build the avionics for a new commercial plane that will compete with Boeing and Airbus. Of course, China will use this technology for military purposes, too.

China is now asking Missouri taxpayers to build a cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis Airport, called Aerotropolis, for the use of Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines. China expects Missouri to give the Chinese $360 million in tax credits to subsidize this cargo hub, with millions of square feet of warehouse and factory space.

The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial should be stamped “Made in China.” It was sculpted in China by a Chinese sculptor out of Chinese granite and assembled in the U.S. by imported Chinese workers.

Communist China also poses a large medical issue. More than 80 percent of the active ingredients for prescription drugs sold in the United States are made in other countries, mostly in China or India, where the manufacturers and facilities are rarely or never inspected.

Several years ago, the Chinese deliberately substituted a cheap fake ingredient in the blood-thinner Heparin. That caused 81 U.S. deaths before it was pulled from use.

Now we learn that 180 drugs needed to treat leukemia, cancer and other diseases are in dangerously short supply because of contamination in facilities in China and India. While a deal is now being negotiated to start U.S. inspection of Chinese drug plants, there is no reason to believe that occasional inspections will make the drugs safe.

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