China is the Enemy

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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Fat Cat » Thu May 09, 2019 5:36 pm

Well, I'm sure that a coconut chucker like me doesn't know much, so all this is just from where I'm standing. BUT...off the top of my head:

1. She has a huge population, increasingly educated, which needs to be put to gainful use but which doesn't really just want to slave in a factory like their parents did. That population has expectations of affluence that will be increasingly difficult to assuage, given that only 10 percent of Chinese land is arable, they lack adequate fresh drinking water, and their environment approximates a garbage dump. Also, Chinese are perhaps the most naturally grasping and materialistic people on earth; that they ever became nominally Communist is a minor miracle of world history.

2. She is surrounded by countries that hate her. Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, Russia, Laos, etc. They all have to accept Chinese economic hegemony, but as anyone who's ever spent time around PRC Chinese knows, they are awful, noxious, pushy, coarse people. They spit and urinate and cut in lines, all the while playing the victim. My parents just spent a month touring around Vietnam and they said that they loved Americans, hated French, and really, really, really despised the Chinese with a deep and abiding loathing.

3. She has no energy resources to speak of.

4. Her economy is built on an unsustainable foundation of forced labor, manipulated currency, theft of intellectual property, autocratic rule, and a locust-like scouring of natural resources. All of these are increasingly under pressure both internally and externally.

5. She's next door to Russia. All of Russia's posturing towards the west is intended to draw attention away from the Mongol horde on their eastern doorstep. China, at some point in the next 15 years or so, is going to make a play for all those untapped resources: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/worl ... ussia.html

6. Same deal with India. They have zero point zero interest in being pushed around by the dinks.
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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Gene » Mon May 13, 2019 3:04 am

nafod wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 10:54 am
So where is China weak?
They're still using Central Planning.
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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Gene » Mon May 13, 2019 3:07 am

Fat Cat wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:44 pm
Does anyone even have thoughts about the number one strategic threat to the United States? Personally, I think that a trade war, as a form of strategic disengagement of the American economy with the Chinese one is a good thing. I would invest in developing closer trade ties, and make up for manufacturing slack, with countries surrounding China like Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea. Philippines too, perhaps, now that Duterte is falling out of love with China. In doing so we could strengthen our first picket line of defense, diversify our supply chain, empower China's neighbors, and weaken their economy--all desirable outcomes.
There is also India. They and China had a war a while back. China backs Pakistan, India's main enemy.

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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Fat Cat » Tue May 14, 2019 3:48 am

India was my 6th bullet point.
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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Fat Cat » Thu May 16, 2019 6:22 pm

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to “deal with the threat posed by the unrestricted acquisition or use in the United States of information and communications technology… supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of foreign adversaries.”

Reports that the president would sign the executive order were circulating last night, and, as reported, it’s clear that China is the main target for U.S. concerns — even as the two nations continue to escalate their trade war.

While the U.S. has already restricted government contractors and federal agencies from using technology supplied by Huawei or its subsidiaries, this new executive order gives Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other federal agencies broad powers of oversight and approval over private company transactions.


https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/15/trump ... espionage/

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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Fat Cat » Thu May 16, 2019 7:09 pm

Unfortunately, India is not a reliable defense partner and may never be.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... atch-55942
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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Fat Cat » Thu May 23, 2019 6:29 pm

In February, Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that spying by Chinese scholars, scientists and students in the US constituted a “whole-of-society threat” that would require “a whole-of-society response”.

https://www.inkstonenews.com/society/un ... le/2166162



Moreover, the study found, since 2009, the percentage of Chinese-Americans charged for economic espionage has tripled.
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Re: China is the Enemy

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:43 pm

Economists share blame for China’s ‘monstrous’ turn: Western intellectuals must now seek to contain Beijing

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