Fear China from Within by Erick San Juan
I came across an article : “US: Palawan may be target of Chinese navy” by our friend,(Jose Katigbak Star,
Washington Bureau , The Philippine Star) which was centered on what Richard Fisher Jr., a US think tank military affairs analyst from the Center for Strategic and International Studies said that was quoted by Washington Times columnist Bill Gertz.
Basically what Fisher said was one of those ‘analysis’ that could aggravate the situation in the disputed areas in the South China Sea (SCS). In the first few paragraphs of the article, it tackled China’s intention of showing its maritime power and in the process bullying the neighboring countries. But in the latter part several speculations were given of why the so-called Chinese frigate, Dongguan was in the area. Methinks that the intention is to add more fuel to the already fiery situation in the South China Sea and pushing Manila to take action against this show of force by Beijing.
This is a far fetched scenario and such strategy, I believe is not in Beijing’s immediate plan of action. After all the efforts Beijing has exerted to help countries in the region through what they call soft power, there is a better agenda behind, that we have to analyze.
A Strategy From Within
For the past several months, tension in the SCS and the nearby contested areas has been the focus of the rest of the world for a possible conflict. Although efforts from the claimants and China had been exhausted to resolve territorial issues peacefully, the threat is still in the air. But, as one of the claimants, we have to revisit the past and understand how China worked its way ‘peacefully’.
I have been consistently telling my regular listeners in my daily radio program (@DWSS 1494khz, 5:30 to 6 p.m.) that the Chinese are very much entrenched in our society through what we call the ‘fifth column’.
A fifth column is a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group such as a nation from within.
A key tactic of the fifth column is the secret introduction of supporters into the whole fabric of the entity under attack. This clandestine infiltration is especially effective with positions concerning national policy and defense. From influential positions like these, fifth-column tactics can be effectively utilized, from stoking fears through misinformation campaigns, to traditional techniques like espionage. (Source: Wikipedia)
The fifth column strategy that was used during the transition period of Hong Kong before it became Special Administrative Region of China, “was an open secret and emerged to be a far from negligible political force. In addition, while there have been minor changes in the application of the fifth column over the years, Beijing's goal in employing the strategy has remained unchanged "to expand China's Communist Party's political power-base and to influence the future direction of Hong Kong." (Source: "Beijing's Fifth Column and the Transfer of Power in Hong Kong: 1983-1997," in Hong Kong in Transition, The Handover Years by Yin Qian)
In the article ‘Beware China's fifth-column efforts’, Chen Ching-chih (where I lifted the abovementioned excerpt) warned Taiwan that the same strategy will be used,
“Beijing devised its so-called ‘one country, two systems’ policy for enticing Taiwan to become a part of the People's Republic of China. The policy has since been applied to the absorption of Hong Kong in 1997 and Macau in 1999.”
And – “in line with the nature and the history of the CCP, Beijing has done virtually all it can, covertly as well as overtly, to compel the surrender of Taiwan which it has had no control over whatsoever. It has employed against Taiwan a strategy similar and yet more sophisticated than its fifth column in Hong Kong.” (Ibid)
Why am I citing these facts? The mere fact that the indications are here and like what I have been saying in my lecture, as resource speaker, and every time I have TV guestings, the semblance of the scenario before the first and second World Wars are here. The presence of the fifth column, gradually establishing its presence in major sections of our government, (translation-covertly operating under our nose). These should be the concern of our leaders, not engaging in shopping spree of war materiel that will only benefit the military industrial complex.
Let me reiterate what I wrote before, fear China from within and not from without. God forbid!