The Chinese Communist Party’s military is conducting live-fire exercises in strategic waters of the Western Pacific, including splashing down in the South China Sea at least one so-called “aircraft carrier-killer” ballistic missile.
Like the illegal man-made islands the CCP has created and armed there, the message is unmistakable: China is determined to control the area and its use. The implications for our national security, commerce and allies are huge.
Fortunately, the Trump administration brought new leverage to bear yesterday by sanctioning twenty-four Chinese companies involved in the PRC’s take-over of the South China Sea. The most important of these is the Chinese Communications Construction Corporation. It’s also a prime-mover behind the CCP’s efforts to build an ominous, global colonial empire.
President Trump’s latest sanctions are, therefore, a needed and welcome two-fer for America and the Free World.
This is Frank Gaffney.