Chinese Jet Collides with U.S. Spy Plane Over International Waters
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2001
Contact Scott Weinberg
FRONT ROYAL, Va., April 2 /U.S. Newswire/ — Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, condemned China’s act of aggression against a U.S. spy plane operating over international waters in the South China Sea. Mosher, an internationally known China expert, has authored a book on the very subject of Chinese hegemony titled Hegemon: China’s Plan to Dominate Asia and the World (Encounter Books, July 2000).
“The United States should unilaterally condemn the Chinese assault on one of our aircraft,” stated Mosher. “This is not the first act of aggression by the communist Chinese against the United States nor will it be the last. It is simply part of a greater plan to break the back of the United States in Asia. In its drive for hegemony in Asia and the rest of the world, China will continue its territorial expansion into the South China Sea and will increase its threats toward Taiwan. China is the only major country currently undertaking a significant military expansion,” Mosher noted. “This does not bode well for China’s neighbors, nor for the United States.”
“If you read the Chinese strategic literature, as I have, it will send a chill down your spine,” continued Mosher. “For Chinese strategists seem to believe three things. First, they believe — as China’s defense minister recently openly proclaimed — that war with the United States is ‘inevitable.’ Second, they believe that China can win such a war. Third, they believe that by the middle of this century one country — a hegemon — will come to dominate the world, and that this hegemon will be China.”
“Taken singly, each of these facts is disturbing,” Mosher stated. “Taken together, they create a frightening picture. China is aiming at nothing short of world dominance. And it wants to organize the world around itself the way it has for over 2,000 years. China is to be the ‘Middle Kingdom’ — that is what its name, Zhongguo, means in Chinese — and it wants to be surrounded by kowtowing tributary states. But there is another name, even more fitting for a once and future hegemon, that the Chinese leaders use to refer to their country. They call it Tianxia, which means ‘all under heaven.'”
A Capitol Hill security briefing given by Steven Mosher on Hegemon was covered by CSPAN-2 Book TV and aired a total of five times. Mosher has recently spoken to the CIA, the FBI and U.S. Congressional leaders on the escalating Chinese military threat to the United States and its Asian allies. Autographed copies of Hegemon, now in its fifth printing, are available through Population Research Institute for a donation of $25 or more. Visit our on-line bookstore.