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Merlin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-17-03 07:33 AM
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3. We ALL want it both ways.
We want to criticize Dems and Repugs for "coddling" China and we want to see her as a big, bad economic menace (which she is not), then we want to go to WallMart or KMart or virtually any other store in the US and buy Chinese made merchandise at a fraction of what it would have cost if made in the USA. If you think Republicans are the only ones buying foreign made goods at low prices, you're just kidding yourself.

We should push hard to prevent prison-made goods from being imported, to persuade China to permit collective bargaining, and to encourge her to adopt more humane child labor and work safety standards. We should do that with all our trading partners.

I believe the Chinese are blowing smoke over Taiwan. Chen will be re-elected, will have a new constitution and will succeed in getting the island renamed to "Taiwan" instead of its now official name "Republic of China." These moves, coupled with the simultaneous growing economic bonds between the two will force China to accept the fact that Taiwan will forever remain separate and effectively independent, so long as China remains a totalitarian state.
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