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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Bad China?

I have to admit that a part of me actually admires the potential that lies within China. It's just too bad that it's all falling under the control of the Communist Party. A few decades ago these guys noticed that in order to feed China's huge population you have to set the markets free. As the markets are left for Chinese individuals the party still holds the control of everything else. Now this is all common knowledge and it seems that nobody is willing to speculate for how long the party can still have a control over the people.

But what is coming even increasingly more obvious is the threat China poses to other free countries. A Cold War between China & the US should not even be considered (China wouldn't run out of resources the way the USSR did) - yet the Taiwan question could indeed lead to unforseen consequences. Only a couple of weeks ago China placed more pressure on Taiwan. If Taiwan makes a wrong kind a of step toward independency it'll face China's military might. The rest of the world condemns these actions but at the same time does absolutely nothing to prevent them - on the contrary. The EU is actually thinking of lifting the arms embargo on China. The only country which seems to be concerned by this is the US.

Lifting the arms embargo would benefit western economies - most likely even American weapon manufacturers. Yet it's the US who sees the problem with the whole situation although the rest of the world believes that the US only does what's good for its economy (and keeping the arms embargo is not). Then why is the EU considering lifting the embargo? China is still violating human rights and has done very little since -89 to improve the situation. China is today a bigger threat to Taiwan than it was back then and arming China at this point indicates only plain stupidity. If we kept the embargo they'd surely get the weapons they want sooner or later but at least 1)it'd take more time and 2)we wouldn't be the ones arming them. By keeping the embargo we would send a clear message to them that they are still a threat to democracy & human rights. It's the EU which is being a hypocrit here and the US is once again the only country acting for democracy & human rights.

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