2013 March 23 Saturday
Chinese President Xi Jinping: West Stop Foreign Interference

If only we would follow his advice.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday

I think Xi Jinping is making a mistake. If he wants to weaken the United States vis a vis China then he should encourage the US to engage in foreign wars with huge negative returns on investment. The Iraq war was a huge win for China because it cost the United States trillions of dollars. The negative ROI wars that characterize US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War lower US living standards and saddle America with lots of long term debt. The Chinese should be trying to trick the US into believing assorted countries have awesome WMD development programs to lure the US into more follies.

Similarly, the US people would only be so lucky if the Chinese managed to block the United States from more military adventures. We'd save trillions of dollars we could spend on efforts that would return long term benefits like border security to keep out low skilled workers, vehicle battery research, energy efficiency, and programs to stop soil erosion.

Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan is fairly attractive woman and his daughter, until recently a Harvard student, looks quite attractive. The curious thing about the part about no longer being a Harvard student: the elite have pulled their kids home to demonstrate their loyalty to China. A permanent shift?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 March 23 03:49 PM 

bbartlog said at March 23, 2013 6:49 PM:

It isn't clear to me that it's to China's advantage if we really go down in flames, financially. Long term, maybe... but in the short term, they really take a beating when we devalue the dollar. Also, there are plenty of foreign missions we could undertake that would cause problems for them, starting with Iran - they have natural gas deals with China worth many billions of dollars. I think the Chinese view their own rise as sufficiently inevitable that they would prefer a bit less chaos over an acceleration of our descent.

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