October 15, 2009

America's Discourse on China

What passes for discussion on China in the USA is forever tinged with racist disdain for Chinese and by seeing China only through the prism of Tiananmen Square 1989 or the 1914-era eyeglasses Dr. Kissinger stole from Chairman Mao's study. This piece by a pundit at The Hill, a newspaper of the U.S. Congress, is a typical example of muddled thinking on USA-China relations.

The author sees convergence with China - already occurring economically - requiring the USA to "yield" sovereignty. But why? Washington still has the upper hand with Beijing militarily and financially still - yes China buys the Federal Government's debt but they hold that debt in our currency which they need to settle their trade and pay for their oil imports. For Americans why not use this moment to craft a real capital T treaty with the Chinese instead of pipe dreams to revive the British Empire?

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