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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Communist China is now America's largest creditor

The CCP now has the economic power to do tremendous damage to the American economy and/or exact painful geopolitical concessions from the leader of the free world.

Or not.

Posted by D.J. McGuire on November 19, 2008 in International Politics | Permalink


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Anti-China = anti-free-market, protectionist, populist conservative

Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-11-19 10:01:00 AM


I've been down this road more times than I can count, but if you really think Communist China has a "free market," you only betray your ignorance of economics.

Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2008-11-19 10:20:06 AM


I understand how evil China is. They've surpassed the Soviet Union as the most murderous regime in human history. I loath that government.

But anti-China conservatives generally want to close the border against China or boycott them (in spite of the fact that enriching Chinese citizens makes them more likely to pressure the government for civil liberties -- which they're doing now). It's an illiberal position.

These conservatives generally worry about the rise of Chinese power even though there is a near perfect correlation because increases in freedom in China and increases in global prominence.

China is increasing their freedom (generally though not always) at a time when the West is continually legislating ours away.

Lastly, conservatives who are anti-China, at bottom, seem to be motivated by a desire to protect American power (more than safeguard liberty). I think that the conservative finger wave towards China is empty.

Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-11-19 6:58:53 PM

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