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Friday, November 07, 2008
What we have here is a failure to communicate
It is saddening, but not surprising, that Kalim refuses to acknowledge national security concerns about Communist China. After all, it's pretty clear Kalim isn't sold on any enemy of the democratic world being such, including those who attacked us seven years ago.
In order to discern the real objectives of the CCP, you have to look beyond their flowery words, as I do.
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If we have national security concerns, wouldn't the most beneficial thing to do be to make it against the self-interest of the nation we're worried about to attack us, rather than giving them another reason to be hostile towards us?
Posted by: Janet | 2008-11-07 1:03:18 PM
Janet, I think you are right. Trading partners seem to have more peace with each other. But I do have one concern, and that is Chinese investment into Canada, if the Chinese investment is from state owned companies. I am not sure if this is rational but it worries me.
Posted by: TM | 2008-11-07 6:00:08 PM
My security concern about China is the poor quality of goods that used to be made in N. America and provided us with jobs. Our ability to produce the things we need "ourselves" is a major security concern to me and should be to every one of us. That and the constant revelations of tainted food products are down right frightening.
I do my best to never but anything that can't be identified as "not" Chinese.
Posted by: JC | 2008-11-07 6:22:00 PM
Janet wrote: "If we have national security concerns, wouldn't the most beneficial thing to do be to make it against the self-interest of the nation we're worried about to attack us, rather than giving them another reason to be hostile towards us?"
In other words, play nice and hope they do too? Yeah, history's really kind to that belief.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-07 6:28:46 PM
We have only ourselves to blame for the loss of those jobs, JC. We demand high wages for our services, but at the same time, we demand low prices. Most people will buy the cheap foreign-made goods over the American-made ones that in many cases aren't much higher in quality, some because they're cheap but many more because they're already struggling to make ends meet. In the 1950s, we didn't have to worry about competition from Third-World backwaters, but that's not true today. What, therefore, is your resolution to this problem?
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-07 6:31:29 PM
Shane, we are much better off today than ever before. There is many times more investment made in the US manufacturing every year than China.
One thing we can do to help this "problem" is get rid of unions and any government hand outs. Americans will be more competitive, and retain some of the jobs that are lost.
We in north america, are benefiting substantially from the relationship with China. Most people have more money in their pockets, which they happily spend on more clothes, CD's, nights on the town, etc, all of which generates more jobs than were ever "lost" to the Chinese in the first place.
The Chinese have the jobs we don't want anyway.
Posted by: TM | 2008-11-07 6:47:07 PM
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