Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis Suggests Erratic Policy Caused the United States to Minimize the Threat of Chinese Military and Economic Dominance

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Author Gordon Basichis is preparing a follow up book to The Guys Who Spied for China.

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“When I was writing The Guys Who Spied for China, more than a few were aware China was involved in a comprehensive espionage and information gathering system,” said author, Gordon Basichis. "But, like many things, the threat was not as obvious as it is today."

Minstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is contemplating writing a non-fiction book in support of his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The new book would outline how the economic and security strategy that was formulated for China was both erratic and costly. The Guys Who Spied for China, is a roman a clef based on the early Chinese espionage program that took place in the eighties and nineties.

“Today, there is sudden concern that we did too little to stem Chinese military and economic ambitions in its region and globally,” said Basichis. “We were in it for the quick money and it seems from one administration to another we neglected the larger picture. As such, China has made some remarkable advances in its military, in technology, and has expanded its economic footprint so that it threatens to dominate ours.

“When I first wrote The Guys Who Spied for China, I thought it as an intimate spy novel, but one with plenty of its warnings,” said Basichis. “For over thirty years Chinese espionage efforts enabled it to steal some of our more advanced technology in weaponry and the industrial space. It has cost the American corporate concerns billions of dollars and has closed the technological edge the United States may have established in the past decades.”

Basichis pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray issued recently a dire warning about China’s growing influence. The article was published in the Business Insider, and Wray expressed concerns about the variety of ways China was implementing elaborate strategies to replace the U.S. as the dominant power. He noted much of Wray had to say has been stated many times, but we have so far failed to implement a coherent, long term policy through which to defend ourselves.

“When I was writing The Guys Who Spied for China, more than a few were aware China was involved in a comprehensive espionage and information gathering system,” said Basichis. "But, like many things, the threat was not as obvious as it is today. China’s advanced cyber threats were largely in the developmental stages and much of the weaponry, much of which was based on the theft of American technology, was yet to be created. Responsible parties thought they had plenty of time to counter China’s attempts at global dominance. Well, now here we are. Time is up.”

Basichis claimed when he first wrote his novel, there would be a greater perception of Chinese methodology and the threats that lay ahead. He admits that he was wrong.

“I wrote The Guys Who Spied for China for a number of reasons,” said Basichis. “For one thing I was close to the experience. I thought the topic was important, and I wrote it in a narrative that I thought would be a fun read. I was pleased when the novel was named a quarter-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards. And while there were steady sales, I can’t say this book had the sales volume of some of my other books.

“So now I am considering what has transpired since I first wrote The Guys Who Spied for China. I’m outlining a non-fiction work that brings us up to date and demonstrates how in favor of the quick and easy buck we ignored some of the more obvious caveats.

“Many officials and private actors, from the President on down see the multi-pronged threat before us. As Director Wray said recently, ‘that to undermine the US's military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.’ Let’s face it, we need to up our game. We need to be consistent and develop long term planning strategies. Otherwise, we will suffer for it.”

Background: Minstrel’s Alley is a Los Angeles based independent publisher that seeks to bring adventure back into the publishing industry by publishing books that have popular appeal but with more complexity than the standard mainstream fare. The new publishing group distributes its books through Amazon, Kindle, and assorted Internet outlets as well as through bookstores around the country.    You can view Minstrel’s Alley at http://www.minstrelsalley.com

Gordon Basichis is the author of five books, including four novels and one non-fiction novel. He is Co-Founder of Corra Group, which specializes in background checks, due diligence, and corporate research. He has written for both film and television, as well as a number of articles.

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