Bannon plans to field economic nationalist candidates to challenge GOP incumbent Senators and Representatives and make China a huge issue in 2018 and 2020, and Chang is bullish on Bannon’s ability to do so and put more pressure on lawmakers to rethink America’s policies on China.
In a Forbes magazine piece last week about how the “smart money” is actually on Bannon as he battles China, Chang noted that after conservative grassroots candidate Roy Moore’s victory in the Alabama GOP Senate runoff, America and the world were put on notice because the economic nationalist movement that Chang calls “The Bannon Express” has only “just left the station and is picking up steam.”
Chang also noted that Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, recently said that “the sheer scale” of China’s “coordinated effort to develop their economy, to subsidize, to create national champions, to force technology transfers, and to distort markets in China and throughout the world is a threat to the world trading system that is unprecedented.” Bannon also told Rose that China—“through forced technology transfer and through stealing our technology”—is “ cutting out the beating heart of American innovation.”
Chang noted that Bannon “has launched a movement to change the way Americans think about the Chinese state,” and “Beijing’s decades-long privileged status in Washington is about to come to a close.”
Citing a recent Bloomberg News article, Chang pointed out that after Bannon met with Kissinger, he decided that, like the Committee on the Present Danger that “helped change American thinking about the Soviet Union” during the Cold War, one had to “go outside and, like a fire bell in the night, wake up the American people.”