China, Russia Pose Unprecedented Strategic Threat to US: Former Trump Adviser

By Frank Fang
Frank Fang
Frank Fang
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Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers US, China, and Taiwan news. He holds a master's degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.
and David Zhang
David Zhang
David Zhang
David Zhang is the host of China Insider on EpochTV. He is currently based in New York and Washington DC covering China-related news. He focuses on expert interviews and news commentary on China affairs, especially issues regarding the U.S.–China relationship.
March 1, 2022 Updated: March 5, 2022

The United States is facing the greatest strategic threat in history with the new partnership between Russia and the Chinese regime, according to K.T. McFarland, former deputy national security adviser under the Trump administration.

“The strategic threat is from China,” McFarland said. “The greatest strategic threat is China, Russia together; that Chinese technology, Chinese money, Chinese ruthlessness—you know, wolf-warrior diplomacy—married up with Russian natural resources and Russian military capability, that’s a really formidable adversary for the United States.”

McFarland made the remarks in an interview with EpochTV’s “China Insider” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 26.

Russia and China now boast a “no limits” partnership after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Feb. 4. The unprecedented partnership was declared in a 5,000-word joint statement, and the two bordering nations also said there would be “no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation.”

China sided with Russia to denounce the enlargement of NATO, while Russia took up China’s position on Taiwan, calling the self-governing island “an inalienable part of China,” according to the statement.

Also on Feb. 4, Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom signed a 30-year deal with state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation. The deal would see Russia sending China natural gas via a new pipeline linking the Russian far east with northeastern China.

The lengthy statement, coupled with China’s recent decision to abstain from voting on a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Moscow stop its attack on Ukraine, shows that Putin and Xi “are in cahoots,” according to McFarland.

Once Xi decided to make a move against Taiwan, she said it was absolutely certain Putin would reciprocate by repeating China’s political stance on the self-ruled island.

“I think that may be the mind game they’re playing,” McFarland said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrive to pose for a photograph during their meeting in Beijing on Feb. 4, 2022. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

The Chinese regime has repeatedly refused to denounce Moscow’s military aggression against Ukraine and has also objected to calling Russia’s attack an invasion.

On Feb. 28, China sided with Russia again, when both nations voted against a decision by the U.N. Human Rights Council to hold an urgent debate on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In October 2021, Xi vowed that the “reunification” of Taiwan with China would “definitely be realized.”

Taiwan, a de facto independent entity, has announced that it will impose sanctions on Russia. On March 1, Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang said Taiwan will join moves by the United States and others to block certain Russian banks from the SWIFT international payments system.

“If China controls Taiwan, not only does it give China a strategic military position on the South China Sea, and all the trade that goes through the most important world maritime trade route in the South China Sea, it also puts China in position to control Taiwan’s microprocessing industry,” McFarland said.

Taiwan’s microprocessing industry produces some of the world’s most advanced semiconductors, which are tiny chips that power everything from smartphones, computers, and fighter jets to missile systems. The island is home to the world’s largest contract chipmaker, TSMC.

In other words, McFarland said the United States would face a supply chain crisis if China were to gain control of Taiwan’s manufacturing plants that are producing these chips.

The communist regime’s ambition isn’t limited to taking over Taiwan.

“China doesn’t want to just be the most important country in the world and the global world order of the post-war period,” McFarland said. “It wants to smash that international order and recreate an order where China, like the good old days of thousands of years ago, sat in Beijing and all the vassal nations came and offered tribute while they kowtow to the emperor.

“The Chinese plan is to pick us all off one at a time—pick off Taiwan and maybe pick off Vietnam and then work his way around, pick off Australia.”

As such, the Chinese regime’s current partnership with Russia will be short-lived, she said.

“At the end of the day, the Chinese are going to turn on the Russians, too, once they get what they want out of the Russians,” McFarland said.

Frank Fang
journalist
Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers US, China, and Taiwan news. He holds a master's degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.
David Zhang
David Zhang is the host of China Insider on EpochTV. He is currently based in New York and Washington DC covering China-related news. He focuses on expert interviews and news commentary on China affairs, especially issues regarding the U.S.–China relationship.