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Inside the CCP’s “Global Security Initiative”

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A New Power Play on the World Stage

The Global Security Initiative (GSI), unveiled by Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Boao Forum on April 21, 2022, represents a bold attempt by China to reshape the global security landscape. Officially, the GSI aims to promote a security architecture based on the principle of “indivisible security,” where the security of one nation should not come at the expense of another. The initiative emphasizes common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security, respect for sovereignty, adherence to the UN Charter, and peaceful dispute resolution. However, beneath these seemingly noble goals lies a strategic maneuver by China to assert its influence and counterbalance the United States on the global stage.

A Strategic Move by China

The GSI is more than just a policy proposal; it is a strategic move by China to promote its vision of international order. The initiative’s six commitments are long-standing elements of China’s security policy, reflecting Beijing’s desire to reshape the global security landscape. These commitments include:

  1. Common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security.
  2. Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries
  3. Adherence to the UN Charter.
  4. Taking the security concerns of all countries seriously.
  5. Peacefully resolving disputes through dialogue (ACZ Editor: and water cannons??)
  6. Maintaining security in both traditional and non-traditional fields.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng have both elaborated on the GSI, framing it as an effort to uphold the UN’s authority, promote peace talks, and address security threats in traditional and non-traditional areas. Wang Yi described the initiative as “a concrete manifestation of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy.” The initiative also seeks to establish a new regional security framework in Asia, portraying China as a peace-loving nation ready to collaborate with other countries (ACZ Editor: as long as China is in gets its way…) .

Why the World Should Be Wary

Despite its seemingly noble goals, the GSI is viewed with suspicion by many countries. Critics argue that the initiative is part of China’s broader strategy to undermine the existing international order and expand its influence. By promoting “true multilateralism” and criticizing the US for its “Cold War mentality,” China positions itself as a champion of the Global South, appealing to countries disillusioned with American dominance.

The principle of “indivisible security” is particularly concerning. While it promotes regional stability, it can also be used by China to justify its actions in contentious areas like the South China Sea. By emphasizing sovereignty and non-interference, China could legitimize its territorial claims and militarization efforts, potentially escalating regional conflicts.

The timing of the GSI’s announcement is also notable. Xi Jinping proposed the initiative ahead of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, where he was re-elected for a third term. The initiative attempts to portray a peaceful image of Xi Jinping amidst ongoing US-China tensions. As one Chinese official put it, the GSI “rejects a Cold War mentality, group politics, and bloc confrontation.”

China’s Advantage

The GSI aligns with China’s economic and diplomatic strategies, including the Belt and Road Initiative. It seeks to foster security cooperation with countries, especially in Southeast Asia, challenging the US-led security order. However, unresolved territorial disputes and China’s assertive actions in the region raise doubts about its true intentions.

The initiative also extends to cybersecurity through the Global Data Security Initiative (GDSI), aiming to set international norms for data security. While promoting global data security standards, the GDSI raises concerns about potential misuse by China to suppress dissent and exert control over sensitive information. The GDSI calls for securing global supply chains and opposing ICT activities that harm critical infrastructure, but critics argue that China’s data security legislation grants extensive powers to the government, potentially compromising civil liberties.

China’s growing influence through initiatives like the GSI and GDSI presents significant risks. The GSI promotes cooperation but may also disrupt regional security and escalate territorial conflicts. For instance, China’s actions in the South China Sea could be justified under the guise of maintaining sovereignty and security, complicating not just this dispute but setting a precedent for other territorial conflicts.

Implications for the Global Order

China’s GSI is a strategic tool to reshape the global security landscape in its favor. While offering cooperation opportunities, it also poses significant risks. Countries must carefully navigate their engagement with China to safeguard their interests. As the GSI evolves, it will test the resilience of the existing international order and the ability of the US and its allies to adapt to China’s rising influence.

The GSI’s lack of operational detail is also a cause for concern. The initiative’s vague promises of “comprehensive” and “sustainable” security leave much to interpretation. This vagueness allows China to promote its agenda without committing to specific actions, making it difficult for other countries to hold China accountable. As one Chinese analyst noted, the GSI is a “concrete manifestation” of Xi Jinping’s diplomatic strategy, but its true intentions remain unclear.

The Global Security Initiative is a false flag operation. It presents a vision of cooperative security but also serves as a vehicle for China’s geopolitical ambitions. The world must remain vigilant and critically assess the implications of this initiative to ensure a balanced and secure global order. China’s GSI may offer cooperation opportunities, but it also threatens to disrupt regional stability and escalate conflicts, posing significant challenges to the existing international order.

ACZ Editor: Apologies to the readers for the interstitial comments, but the CCP’s open and notorious hypocrisy in this is too much to bear.

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