Monday April 9, 2001
Humbling Arrogant China
By Andrew Ping, Contributor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It's
bad enough that China has one of our airplane crews and won't give
them back. To add insult to injury, they blame us for the collision
between their jet and our propeller-driven craft and blame us of
They face off with the most powerful nation
in the world and fearlessly engage in saber rattling. Why in the
world do they think they can get away with it, and what can the
average American do?
The first thing to recognize is the idiocy
of China's claim that we're at fault. Our surveillance craft have
powerful radar, but are not particularly fast or maneuverable. China's
fighter jets have radar that lets them know of airborne threats
well in advance of collision, and they are both fast and maneuverable.
A reasonable comparison would be trying
to blame the driver of a city bus for being broad-sided by a joyriding
Porche driver. This analogy is incredibly fitting given that China
even knew the routes our planes usually take. In all likelihood,
the Chinese jet jockey had seen bootleg copies of "Top Gun" a few
too many times and got killed trying to frighten our pilots with
some showy flying.
Perhaps China thinks that Clinton's policies
can't be changed. After all, during his presidency, Clinton eased
trade restrictions that allowed China to obtain potentially dangerous
technologies from the U.S. When these technologies were misused
(and watchdog agencies suggested terminating trade for a time),
Clinton did absolutely nothing to stop it.
In fact, he pushed for permanent improved
trade status for Chinese despite their blatant misuse of trade items.
In one case, incredibly accurate metal-milling machines were sold
for use in manufacture of civilian aircraft.
Many of these machines were redirected to
be used to make missiles. One is forced to wonder what they'll top
those missiles with. Perhaps they'll use the nuclear weapons secrets
They've nothing to fear since we did nothing
in response to that belligerent act. Clinton and Gore continued
to happily take money from the Chinese while they did this.
Perhaps that's why they feel so safe in
their actions. We didn't even punish Clinton (though if he were
an FBI agent, he'd surely be swinging at the end of a rope by now).
So what can the average American do? We
can't change trade laws. However, we can help China to have a swift
attitude change. Obviously, no one wants war over this (though sacking
China before they use the nuclear secrets they stole may save future
generations a lot of pain). Instead, we can undermine Clinton's
ill-conceived trade bargain with China.
The average American can boycott all Chinese
goods. Even better, we caninform store managers of our intent. With
the economy slowing, storescertainly aren't going to risk losing
business simply to support China.
A boycott of Chinese goods is a clear way
to send a powerful message. Let's do it, and get our men & women
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