Bush administration favors a "strong" China!
William R. Hawkins, senior fellow for national security affairs at the U.S. Business and Industrial Council, found these comments to be both outrageous and sadly typical of U.S. economic and defense policy. "A 'peaceful' China, yes," wrote Hawkins in an April 20 commentary. "A 'prosperous' China, maybe. It depends on the source of that prosperity. An ever-increasing trade deficit with Beijing, which may well top $200 billion this year, is an unacceptable transfer of wealth from America to China."
"The ability to boost military spending is a fnnction of being 'prosperous,'" continues Hawkins, "and the massive American trade deficit with China gives Beijing the hard currency needed to finance foreign weapon acquisitions--mostly Russian systems designed to attack American targets. As for 'transforming,' it seems Beijing is only moving from a moribund communism to an energetic fascism. Is it really so difficult to connect the dots?"
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|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 16, 2005|
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