The Economist on China – Seriously – Part 1/4

The wind is blowing and it is raining. When I started writing this post, the Internet and phone had been out for several days. I thought the storm had caused it, but it turned out vandals broke into several junction boxes and cut the lines to thousands of homes. It took several days before being reconnected.

Until you lose your connection to the Internet, you do not realize how much your life has been taken over by the virtual beast.

I have The Economist’s (TE) December 4th issue in front of me. It has a fourteen page, six-part, special report on The dangers of a rising China.

Don’t read much into that title. After reading the report, you will realize the danger comes more from the US than China. One sentence says, “The best way to turn China into an opponent is to treat it as one.”

There’s a message in this sentence the US government should heed.

In fact, as China expands into the world economically and militarily, what happens in the future is up to America more than China.

In Half a cheer for China, which comes before the 14 page report, TE quoted Antonio Chiang, a political analyst and former editor-in-chief of the Taipei Times, as saying, “The point of no return (for Taiwan rejoining the mainland sometime in the future) has already passed”.

Chiang believes that President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration’s goal is to unify with China. If this happens, this will not go over well in the US after selling billions of high-tech weapons to Taiwan.

After all, if Taiwan unites with China, all of those US weapons may belong to China.

This topic will be continued in Part 2. Meanwhile, learn of the 2/28 Massacre in Taiwan


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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2 Responses to The Economist on China – Seriously – Part 1/4

  1. Aisling Kelledia says:

    I’d sympathize with your loss of the internet, but then I remember how many thousands have no voice at all within the CCP’s oppressive regime, and if they DO speak out, are then offered an unnecessary organ withdrawal and a free bullet as exit gift. Consider you good fortune at suffering only from political ennui?

    • Yes, the CCP is an authoritarian government, but it isn’t as horrid as you describe. Have you ever been to China? I’ve known people who spoke out and they didn’t lose an organ or get a free bullet as a gift. First, they (a family friend) were invited to tea when they were in Beijing and politely told the stop. Not wanting to get their visa revoked so they couldn’t visit China from the US where they live, and see their family anymore, that friend stopped. They didn’t lose an organ and they didn’t get shot.

      And if you want to see what happens to most people who don’t stop, follow the well worn trail from jail in China when these outspoken critics get a free one-way ticket to the United States where the U.S. govenrment then hosts these outspoken critics of China on the public welfare. This CCP critics, once gone with all their body parts still there, are often not allowed to return to China even as a tourist.

      In fact, explain why Ai Wei Wei is so outspoken of the CCP, and he hasn’t been shot or lost any organs yet. He did get some jail time but then returned home and he still lives full time in China.

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