I’m not the biggest fan of the cliche opening “can we talk about…” but it applies here. Because once we have a conventionally dysfunctional administration in place (as opposed to an extraordinarily dysfunctional, kakistocratic one) China is problem #1 of foreign policy.
Some of the ALPHAs on the forum won’t like this, but the #1 problem in China is patriarchy.
Men have always ruled China. That’s why there are so many, and such a large ground army, even though they’re a source of some of the world’s greatest poetry, art, and philosophy.
Communism arose in China because of men, in the same way that every dynasty arose before it. If anything China is not at one with itself and hasn’t been since inception, which is why so much Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucianism literature focused on finding “oneness”.
The solution is not pressure. It will take many more centuries of understanding between their cultures and those they see as outlanders. The good news is there is plenty we have in common, like food, martial arts, movies!
This is true. The more information coming from and contact with the Western world the more they get a taste of what they’re missing.
China will eventually implode. Companies have starting pulling out. We can’t compete here at home but there are other countries wherein we can have products manufactured.
They do own a huge portion of our US debt. If they called it in, the US dollar would collapse. But it would be a great cost to them. They plan on being number one soon and have working to that end for decades.
They don’t want that regardless of their saber rattling. It wouldn’t be just us against them. If they can do it through economic means it’s a win win for them. They’ve been subsidizing their industry and manipulating their currency to that end.
Outgoing Bad Orange Man was the first to stand up to them. Was one of his policies I favored most. Now we’re, I’m afraid, going to see a slide back.
This pandemic has hurt them too. It’s also shown a glaring light on weakness in our supply chain. From raw materials to finished product. Not to mention things like rare earth elements and others.
Anybody know of someone that needs a brilliant tooling engineer with a law degree from England? He’s a patent attorney and rock solid human being. PM me. Is one that needs to get the hell out of China and has a British passport.
Just putting this out there because we’re from many places knowing many people.