Re: Yes, there are consequences when capitulating to criminals, such as China: Criminal Nation
"More precisely, we would demonstrably see the world split into a stagnant Chinese tech hemisphere (for the most part) and an innovative non-Chinese tech hemisphere."
I realise you're writing as a (heavily biased) American, hence your reluctance to debate the issue, but the Chinese are only following the role model provided by the US.
China certainly is totalitarian, but is communist in name only.
According to fotune.com:
"...global wealth research firm Wealth-X found that of the world’s 2,754 billionaires, 680 (25 percent) were in the U.S. and 338 (12 percent) were in China. UBS Group AG estimates a new billionaire is minted in China every two days."
Doesn't sound like communism to me.