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  • China's new national defense law

  • Means Xi Jinping gets new war powers

  • And it gets even worse from there

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  • The new year! is A time for new beginnings. And  what is Chinese leader Xi Jinping's New Year's  

  • resolution? You guessed it! He's going to cement  his hold over the military with new war powers!

  • Weight Watchers was a close second. Followed  by organizing a cross-strait family reunion.  

  • Everyone in Taiwan is invited! The  reunion will be at your place

  • But let's talk about Xi Jinping's new war powers.  

  • A revised national defense law went  into effect in China on January 1st.

  • And that law means that China's military  is taking charge of more war powers

  • What powers? Well the powers of  global justice of courseaccording  

  • to my favorite state-run media The Global Times.

  • It's all about global justice  andsafeguarding world peace.”

  • Because there's no better way to safeguard  world peace than to give the Chinese Communist  

  • Party more military control. And that's  what this national defense law does

  • Revisions to the National Defence Law...weaken  the role of the State Council in formulating  

  • military policy, handing decision-making  powers to the Central Military Commission.”

  • And guess who's in charge of  the Central Military Commission?

  • I feel safer already

  • Giving this military policy decision-making  power from the State Council  

  • to the Central Military Commission is big.

  • According to one military law expert,  “The [Central Military Commission] is now  

  • formally in charge of making national  defence policy and principles, while  

  • the State Council becomes a mere implementing  agency to provide support to the military.”

  • The State Council is part of China's Central  Government. It's headed by Premier Li Keqiang.

  • Meanwhile, the Central Military Commission  is under the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • And it's headed by Xi Jinping.

  • Ok, technically there is also a Central  Military Commission under the government,  

  • also headed by Xi Jinping. But the Party  version is the actual one in charge

  • So with the Party's Central Military  Commission in charge of making defense policy,  

  • this new law strengthens  the Chinese Communist Party  

  • and helps Xi Jinping consolidate  more power over the military

  • Although Xi has been purging the military  to consolidate his power for years.

  • Now is a good time to remind everyone  that the Chinese military, the  

  • People's Liberation Army, belongs  to the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • This is not the Chinese government's  military. It's the Communist Party's military.

  • And with this latest change  to the law, the government has  

  • less control over the PLA than it previously had.  

  • Although in some ways, this law isn't giving  the Chinese Communist Party new powers.  

  • It's just reaffirming the powers that the Party  has already taken. I'll explain a bit later

  • But don't worry, the Communist Party  is here to safeguard world peace.

  • And I'll show you what that means after the break.

  • Welcome back. The Chinese Communist Party  is here to safeguard world peace...using  

  • Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with  Chinese Characteristics for a New Era  

  • as the guiding thought over China's  national defense activities!

  • If this national defense law change is giving you  some General Hostility vibes, you're not alone.

  • That's my favorite soap opera about the Party's  factional infighting. And it's getting pretty  

  • intense. I can't wait for the next episodeYou never know who's going to get purged next!

  • Ok, sometimes you know who's  going to get purged next.

  • Anyway, back to the national defense law.  I don't want to give you the impression  

  • that the new law is just about  giving Xi Jinping new war powers

  • It's also about protecting China's development  interests, according to the Global Times.

  • Specifically, the law states that China should  mobilize its defensewhen China's sovereignty,  

  • unification, territorial integrity, security  and development interests are threatened.”

  • Development interestsis a new addition thereSo what are China's development interests exactly?

  • According to the Global Timesdevelopment interests could involve  

  • economic interests, like overseas investments.

  • Hmmm, sounds like US tariffs could be considered  a threat to China's development interests

  • And development interests definitely  involve Taiwan. Because ifthe Taiwan  

  • question remains unresolved,” that will  impair China's development interests.

  • Yeah there's only one way that the Chinese  Communist Party is planning toresolve”  

  • the Taiwan question. It's family reunion  time! Starting with a trip to the beach

  • But on the whole, development  interests seem to be anything  

  • that involves China's development as defined  by the Chinese Communist Party. It's meant  

  • to be really broad. Basically it could  cover anything that's not already covered  

  • by China's sovereignty, unificationterritorial integrity, and security.

  • For example, China's Belt and Road  Initiative investments in other countries  

  • could be considered development interests.

  • So is the national defense law saying  that the People's Liberation Army could  

  • be mobilized in other countries to  defend the Belt and Road? Yes, it is.

  • In fact, “China has been completely forthright  

  • in developing an explicit military  agenda to support the Belt and Road.”

  • Includingpursuing a strong naval force as the  logical corollary to its 'development interests.'”

  • Is anyone in the Pentagon paying attention  to this? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • You know what else is part of  China's development interests?  

  • Its military-civil fusion program. That's  where Chinese companies and universities are  

  • encouraged to develop technology that  has both civilian and military uses.  

  • And that's something that's emphasized  in this new national defense law, too.

  • Specifically, state owned and private  enterprises need to research conventional  

  • weapons, plus weapons related to cyber  warfare, space and electromagnetics.”

  • So the Chinese Communist Party is doubling  down on their military-civil fusion.  

  • And it's looking to get even more Chinese  companies involved. That includes both state-owned  

  • enterprises and private companies. Which, of  course, makes those companies not totally private.

  • This is happening just as the Trump  administration has issued executive  

  • orders to prevent US investors  from investing in these companies

  • But at this rate, all Chinese companies  are going to be military-linked companies.

  • And the Trump administration's actions are  a threat to China's development interests.

  • Speaking of military-civil fusionthe new national defense law also  

  • says that everyone should get involved in  national defense, not just the military

  • The revised law makes it clear that  all state organs and armed forces,  

  • political parties and people's groupsenterprises and public institutions,  

  • social organizations and  organizations of other types  

  • should support national defense and  participate in its development.”

  • And just like the definition of China's  “development interestsis really broad,  

  • so is the definition of national defense. Could  “enterprises and public institutionsbe ordered  

  • to steal research from foreign companies and  universities to support China's national defense

  • Sounds familiar, right? And that's because  overall, the new national defense law  

  • provides a legal framework for what the  Chinese Communist Party was already doing

  • Xi Jinping's Central Military  Commission wouldn't be getting  

  • these new war powers if Xi hadn't  already taken over the military.

  • And from militarizing the Belt  and Road, to threatening Taiwan,  

  • to developing military-civil fusionthese things were already happening.  

  • But now they are officially justified and  spelled out in this national defense law.  

  • Which means the Communist Party is probably going  to accelerate everything they're already doing.

  • Except for that weight watchers program.

  • But don't worry, it's all  for safeguarding world peace.

  • And now it's time for me to  answer a question from one of you,  

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  • When will you guys do an episode on the origins  on the CCP virus? There seems to be more meat  

  • on those bones now. in particular there is  plenty of circumstantial evidence around now  

  • to say that it did accidentally leak out  of a certain lab in a certain location!  

  • Even the Washington post is  starting to write about it!

  • Yeah, Andrew, I've also noticed that this is  suddenly being talked about now in the media.  

  • When before even mentioning the  possibility of the coronavirus  

  • coming from a lab leak was considered taboo. You  would absolutely be called a conspiracy theorist

  • But now even New York Magazine has  done a cover story on the idea.

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