Saturday, September 22, 2012
China, "made by America"
Many Americans cringe when they think about the billions of dollars of consumer goods we import from China every month, but what makes it even more bizarre is that China is an American make product. Decades ago America started down a perilous path to build China into a world power, a pathological fear of Russia and the Kremlin’s atheism caused America to seek a counter balance in the region. Central to the American effort was offering the prospect of economic incentives to China, we combined this with a hardline military response to communist aggression. Ironically, it was the China’s communist longevity the Washington wise men should have feared more.
To support China’s economic growth and over 1.3 bill people a export machine has developed, absorbing the products created by their export agenda has resulted in a decline and stagnation in many industrialized countries output including those of Europe. Because of low production cost, and little regulation, jobs began to be shifted and work "outsourced" to China. Disloyal multinationals are now shipping their products great distances from China to the same infrastructure that they have abandoned and left with excess capacity.
Back in the 1970s when MAD (mutual assured destruction) and the communists' stated goal of global domination defined much of international politics the US foreign policy initiative aimed at splitting China from the USSR was an obvious choice. To separate China from Russia, strengthen our ties with China, and help develop the country made sense. For straightforward geopolitical reasons America went down this path, but the path became a slippery slope, a slide greased by greed and short term self interest. Those who let this nightmare get of of hand should have been forewarned, "be careful what you wish for."
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