I heard Rush talking about this article today, in his larger discussion of how China is screwing us. Rush kept on going about the Commies/etc. and how a communist economy cannot keep up with the USA. I am not one of those who worships Rush and have no problem calling him out when he talks rubbish, which he did in this case.
The “Chinese Communist Party” is in control of the government of China, but it is “Communist” in name only. What the Chinese government is, is authoritarian. And that term can be applied to all previous governments in Chinese history. It is nothing new. The rulers of China are doing what rulers always do i.e. trying to get the most for their country for the least amount of outlay. The better things go in China, from an economic view, the better things will go for the autocrats and the easier it will be to maintain power.
I will not go into the other ways Rush does not understand China. Rather I want to point out the major error he is making about why America has done what it has done to help China and continues to let China screw us.
Rush seems to believe that our American elites felt guilty about poverty in China and how if we helped China, the country would not only gain wealth and alleviate the crushing poverty under which hundreds of millions lived, but that China would join the family of nations and fit right in with our values.
I admit, these points were broached in the late 1970s and 1980s after Deng Xiaoping visited the West.
I was there when all this change was taking place. I have been involved with what used to be called the “China-trade” since 1977. I lived in Asia from 1979 until 2000, with six years (1985-1991) spent in Hong Kong at the point when the greatest change was coming about. While observing this from close up, I often wondered why the USA was giving away the shop to their potentially largest competitor. Two different reasons came to mind. The first was based on the idea that Rush and others constantly spout today. In a nutshell, we had somehow decided that things were so bad in China that it was becoming an unstable player which had the potential of disturbing world peace. And with the death of Mao and ascent of Deng, we had the chance to save the world and bring China into the family of nations.
It sounded very humanitarian and wonderful. But one mustn’t forget, I was there while this was happening. This being the case, my other thought that perhaps the real reason we were doing it was for a few American corporations and individuals to cream of billions of $$$ from a backward economy that was about to rise. One often heard the trope, “just think if we could sell every Chinese a stick of chewing gum or roll of toilet paper.” In retrospect, I have no doubt that the later reason was the real grounds for what happened while the good Samaritan theme was basically just a cover for the second.
What most people seem to have forgotten is that in those days much of the business news and reporting on the rise of China dealt with the “huge China-market” This illusory being was something which had hypnotized the West for at least two centuries. I even recall a number of articles about the old McCartney Mission to China in 1793. That mission like countless other peddlers, merchants and traders salivated at the vast potential of the China market. And like countless others, they overestimated the profit to be made in China because they didn’t understand what the people in charge wanted. There was no long-term plan.
Our current masters are something like that, they have reaped some of the huge profits to be made in China but have been blind to the potential competitor lurking in the future background. No, I am wrong, many of our elites understood what they were doing, but knew they could make bundles of money by transferring technology to China and didn’t care about future problems for America.
That is why we are where we are today.