The United States needs to get its allies on board in a bid to decouple from China, according to retired U.S. Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding.
“We need to tell them [U.S. allies], give them an ultimatum: ‘You can have an economic relationship with China, you can have a security relationship with us, [but] you’re not going to have both anymore,’” he told “Fresh Look America” on NTD, a sister media outlet of The Epoch Times, at the National Conservatism Conference in Miami on Sept. 11.
With this move, the United States may lose some allies, he noted.
Nuclear PowerSpalding believes that America’s powerful nuclear weapons could intimidate rivals such as China and Russia.
“During the first Cold War, we introduced nuclear weapons into the Western European Theater, which meant the Soviet Union had to think a little bit about what they were doing. So thinking about conflict, when it comes to nuclear powers, has to be different,” Spalding said.
According to Spalding, the Chinese regime is aware of such a threat.
Political WillSpalding said there needs to be a political will to decouple from China.
“[Then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt] ... understood that the Nazis were a great threat, that the Japanese were a great threat,” Spalding said.
Roosevelt faced obstacles from America First Committee, which advocated that the United States stay neutral in the war in Europe until the Pearl Harbor incident happened, according to Spalding.
“The Pearl Harbor [incident] galvanized American political will ... in the way that [Roosevelt] needed,” he said. “If we have some kind of galvanizing event—which I think we’re going to have with China’s invasion of Taiwan—then I think we can summon the political will to defend ourselves.”