2010 March 16 Tuesday
China Gaming World Trade Organization

China is playing us and we are letting the Chinese government do it. We sure have stupid leaders in both major political parties in the United States. America's decline is evident in its bad leadership.

China had a $198 billion trade surplus with the rest of the world last year, with its exports to the United States outpacing imports by more than four to one. Despite that, in the last 12 months, Beijing has filed more cases with the W.T.O.ís powerful trade tribunals in Geneva than any other country complaining about anotherís trade practices.

In addition, Beijing has worked to suppress a series of I.M.F. reports since 2007 documenting how the country has substantially undervalued its currency, the renminbi, said three people with detailed knowledge of Chinaís actions.

How about a new change to World Trade Organization rules that states any country that runs a trade surplus in excess of 1% of GDP can't file complaints about the behavior of other countries before the WTO?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 March 16 10:36 PM  China


Comments
A.Prole said at March 17, 2010 1:53 AM:

No, Randall.
All the Chinese are doing are playing strictly by the rules the WTO imposed, (their complaints are fully justified under WTO rules), and taking advantage of a door left open for them.
Now the question is 'who left the door open'?
Of course it was the shit-cunts at 'The Economist' and 'WSJ'.

Mort Zuckerman said at March 17, 2010 3:53 AM:

A. Prole,

What, are you blaming the international bankers or something?! Are you some kind of anti-Semite? Are you a Nazi?

Of course it was the Chinese! The Chinese are evil. They are the new Hitlers. They want to destroy America and American Freedom and Israel. Didn't you know this? Are you anti-Semitic or were you just ignorant of these proven facts?

J said at March 17, 2010 6:17 PM:

The reason we let China tool us is because of white guilt and a sense that we have to treat non-white people, whoever they are, with kid gloves and *cultural sensitivity* and what not. So China and the non-white world in general gets a free pass.

Now if Israel decides to build housing in its capital, by God we Americans will put a stop to THAT we will! We`ll get tough on our allies but all you have to do is be non-white and our enemy and you get the kid glove treatment. Israel should re-brand itself as a non-white - at least half the Jews there are Middle Eastern anywyas - and begin threatening the US and Europe with its nukes to be treated well.

Cato said at March 18, 2010 4:06 AM:

"The reason we let China tool us is because of white guilt and a sense that we have to treat non-white people, whoever they are, with kid gloves and *cultural sensitivity* and what not. So China and the non-white world in general gets a free pass.

Now if Israel decides to build housing in its capital, by God we Americans will put a stop to THAT we will! We`ll get tough on our allies but all you have to do is be non-white and our enemy and you get the kid glove treatment. Israel should re-brand itself as a non-white - at least half the Jews there are Middle Eastern anywyas - and begin threatening the US and Europe with its nukes to be treated well."

Disagree. China isn't treated that well. The neocons hype up China as a potential threat and military challenger. China is criticized for being "against democracy", for its authoritarianism, etc. Its economic policies are regularly criticized by mainstream figures (NYTimes, Krugman, etc.).

The reason we can't do that much currently and treat them worse is because of our economic ties with China. Our economic ties with Israel consist of sending American taxpayers' dollars over there every year. Also, China has some military strength, at least enough to credibly defend itself in that region. Israel of course has the greatest military in that region, but it could be easily crushed by the US military.

I don't see how Israel could threaten the US and Europe with its nukes. The US and Europe have plenty of nukes. In a nuclear shootout, Israel would be completely flattened and potentially most if not all Israelis would be killed. Some US or European cities might get hit, but most people in US and Europe would survive.

J said at March 18, 2010 4:35 PM:

I seriously doubt any military calculation has anything to do with American behavior towards Israel - I mean, come on - although it seems likely Israel would give the US a much tougher time than China, as the quality both technological and manpowerwise of the Israeli army would deliver a serious mauling to the American military, while China is a joke militarily, and Israel could easily destroy much of Europe with nukes, although not all. Certainly enough millions of Europeans would die to form an effective deterrent. But this is all wild crazy talk that has nothing to do with anything.

The point is, Obama has no problem acting *tough* against friends and allies who he knows won`t bite back and who are significantly weaker than America, while he is a complete weakling towards non-Western peoples who he feels white guilt towards. Its pathetic and disgraceful.

We Americans need to get tough on our enemies like Iran, China, and other non-Westerns, and support fellow Western nations, anywere in the world, to the hilt.

theodore said at March 18, 2010 10:16 PM:

"I seriously doubt any military calculation has anything to do with American behavior towards Israel - I mean, come on - although it seems likely Israel would give the US a much tougher time than China, as the quality both technological and manpowerwise of the Israeli army would deliver a serious mauling to the American military, while China is a joke militarily, and Israel could easily destroy much of Europe with nukes, although not all. Certainly enough millions of Europeans would die to form an effective deterrent. But this is all wild crazy talk that has nothing to do with anything."

You're either an idiot, or a dissembling and dissimulating Jew.

"The point is, Obama has no problem acting *tough* against friends and allies who he knows won`t bite back and who are significantly weaker than America, while he is a complete weakling towards non-Western peoples who he feels white guilt towards. Its pathetic and disgraceful."

Are we just talking about Obama, or the American establishment more generally?

"We Americans need to get tough on our enemies like Iran, China, and other non-Westerns, and support fellow Western nations, anywere in the world, to the hilt."

There's a decent chance Iran will get bombed by the US in the near future. Israel won't be getting bombed by the US any time soon.

Why does the US have to support Israel? Just because it's "Western"? Like you said so yourself, at least half of Israel is Middle Eastern. Many people don't really consider Israel to be Western. If Israel were destroyed tomorrow, I certainly wouldn't feel that a part of the West has disappeared, unlike say if Italy were destroyed.



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