Peking University’s bimonthly Journal of International Security Studies is an influential paper in Beijing China. In the January issue, Jia Qingguo, former head of the International Relations department, who also holds a position as a member of the National Committee of Political Consultative Conference, advised the current regime not to pursue “absolute national security.” A blind implementation of complete security would lead to a similar mistake made by the Soviet Union.

Jia Qingguo points out, China’s over-spending defense budget can start an arms race. He cites the historical story of massive Soviet defensive spending for decades. The arms race between nations is a competition in the acquisition of military capability. 

Jia wrote: “As a result, the Soviet Union’s economy developed backward and could not support the huge defense spending. People’s living standards did not improve for a long period of time, leading to a loss of political support. It accelerated the tumbling foundation and collapse of the Soviet Union.”

Looking at the economic aspect, China’s strategy for their so-called national security is increasing control over both their domestic private entities and foreign-owned businesses and manufacturers inside China.  

Jia Qingguo said Beijing’s attempt to block foreign trade could not solve the current tensions of China’s relations with other countries . This will only reduce competitiveness and make the country lag behind even more.

Moreover, a closed economy will block China from accessing world technology and innovation and at the same time will damage the overall competitiveness of their economy.

Jia Qingguo considered China’s Absolute national security policy an overreaction. Jia said that overreacting means that a person is in panic and it may worsen the situation due to their action. Jia then compared China’s exaggerating strategy as a strong prescription for a mild illness and that it would cause more harm than good. 

The battle of the Chinese Communist party’s members in the publicity field has been getting stronger in the past months. The messages sent out in this article are also getting out loud and clear—that Beijing’s current approach is not supported by other members.

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