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Is China Really Our New Superpower Rival?

Wednesday, 24 August 2005 12:00 AM

"We will bury you" was the line most often quoted.

The implication was that a brutal totalitarian state could out produce, out fight and out wit a free society. This assumption was based on the fact that a tightly controlled, government run economy would be far more efficient than the hodge-podge capitalist system.

Even CBS knew that government bureaucrats could run an economy better than bankers, accountants, economists and financial wizards.

Today, of course, the Soviet Union is no more, rotting in the dustbins of history.

China is in the same dangerous boat that the boys in Moscow failed to consider. The frail and poorly equipped totalitarian state cannot tolerate innovation, free thought, free speech, or any sort of freedom we take for granted. This intolerance in Beijing makes China vulnerable, paranoid and downright hostile to the normal world.

The Chinese communists are a curious lot. They have no conflict of interest laws so a Chinese General can be the CEO of a major corporation and a minister in the government all at the same time. They are convinced that a mix of socialism and capitalism is the way to go.


For example, the official Chinese Army website, sponsored by PLA Daily of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, also runs a carefully crafted advertising campaign for Wu Liyangye liquors.

The People's Liberation Army website offers the latest in Chinese Army news, propaganda, history of Mao, communist ideology and a direct connection to a booze maker.

"Perfect quality brings great joy!" notes the PLA website as it flashes picture after picture of hard liquor next to a moving line of commentary blasting the U.S.

One could imagine the uproar if the official U.S. Army website was sponsored by Old Grandad or the U.S. Navy website was plastered with ads for rum.


Still, the boys in Beijing are backing their financial interests. The latest news from the PLA daily touts "Senior Chinese military leader stresses friendship with Sudan".

At a meeting with Abbas Arabi Abdalla, chief of general staff of the Sudanese armed forces, Xu Caihou, vice-chairman of the China's Central Military Commission, said China and Sudan have strengthened cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields over the recent years.

"China attaches importance to the traditional friendship with Sudan and is willing to increase exchanges and cooperation in every field between the two countries and armed forces," he said.

Abbas hailed the deep-rooted traditional friendly relationship between Sudan and China, and said the two sides have carried out all-round and in-depth cooperation in political, economic, cultural and military affairs.

He hoped the two countries and armed forces could further advance and enhance friendly exchanges and cooperation in the future.

Of course, what is not mentioned is the fact that China has supplied Sudan with a range of advanced military weapons, which it has used against unarmed civilian refugees seeking U.N. food aid.

The Chinese have sold jet fighters, artillery, surface to air missiles, radars and loads of small arms such as mortar bombs which the government in Khartoum has applied against the starving citizens of Dafur in the south.

China has also promised the Sudanese government that it will veto any UN effort to aid the refugees in Dafur or hinder the slaughter. All this comes in exchange for oil.


The U.S. bankers love Beijing. They support the current U.S. policy of appeasement with China. Alan Greenspan stated that he supported the move by Beijing to buy a U.S. oil company.

Meanwhile, the thugs in Sudan beat up Greenspan's reporter wife when she had the audacity to ask an honest question at an open news conference.

Perhaps, Greenspan might reconsider his support for Chinese money if he could make the connection between the bullies in Khartoum and their sponsors Beijing.

Still, many U.S. companies love China and its cheap labor force.

Disney, for example, recently got into hot PR water when it was revealed that some of its imported Chinese goods were being made under slave labor conditions. The mouse eared corporate big wigs promised to investigate the charges.

Yet, virtually every toy, shoe and piece of clothing for sale by the Mickey Mouse club is made in China. Will we ever know many of these products are made under slave conditions?

Perhaps we need to figure out something more basic. The U.S. trade money is funding nuclear-tipped missiles being built in Chinese Army factories.

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