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 user 2011-02-03 at 9:10:25 am Views: 46
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    been difficult to be a proud American over the last several days. When
    U.S. citizens weren’t hammered by the incessant media drumbeat
    concerning the rise of “rival” China, the expansion of the Chinese
    economy, the seemingly imminent global supremacy of China as a military
    power, a sea power, a manufacturing power, a superpower, we were
    watching the Chinese humiliate our leaders. President Obama gave his
    State of the Union address recently, which served as a line break at the
    end of this degrading paragraph in national history. He spent that
    address lying to the American people, proclaiming all income and
    endeavor the property of government. His message was clear: You will be
    allowed to earn, to make, to keep and to do only what your government
    grudgingly permits you – and America, in turn, will make do with the
    crumbs from its new Chinese masters’ table.

    The last straw, at
    least in terms of propriety, was the playing of an anti-American war
    anthem by a Chinese pianist during the state visit of Chinese
    “President” Hu Jintao. (Hu is more accurately termed China’s “paramount
    leader.” As general secretary of the Communist Party, he is the ChiCom’s
    highest authority; calling him “president” is euphemistic.) Americans
    have by now become accustomed to Obama’s sniveling obeisance to foreign
    leaders. It was not a surprise when our community organizer in chief
    bowed and scraped in greeting Hu, nor was it a shock when Obama claimed
    the American people “welcome China’s rise.” There was no doubt in any
    observer’s mind that Obama’s warm greeting to Hu was that of a cowed
    debtor attempting to curry favor with his chief creditor. China owns
    vast quantities of U.S. debt precisely because this gives it power over
    us – and it is pushing for the Chinese yuan to replace the U.S. dollar
    as the world’s currency standard.

    Americans know all this. No,
    what bothered decent people most was not that the Chinese leader had
    deigned to make his presence known so that Obama could kiss Hu Jintao’s
    ring. It was that the Chinese delegates’ histrionics were, essentially,
    rudely rubbing our noses in China’s looming threat to American
    exceptionalism. As their red star rises, our faded stars and stripes are
    doomed to fall. China, so dynamic, so vibrant, so powerful, seems
    poised to crush all resistance; Americans are, our media says or
    implies, already relegated to the position of also-ran, destined to be
    pitied or tolerated as global economic opportunity passes them by. That
    is the mantra chanted by foreign press and domestic media alike.

    truth is that China has, at every turn, achieved its position in the
    world through theft, espionage and murder. Totalitarian states are
    notoriously unresponsive to their subjects’ true needs, legitimate
    dissent or individual rights. They do, however, get things done.

    of the time, the Chinese method of “getting things done” is stealing.
    They sold more cars than the U.S. in January of last year. (Keep in mind
    that General Motors sold more cars in China than in the U.S. last year,
    too.) But how have the Chinese achieved such great strides in
    automobile manufacturing and sales? They’ve copied Western autmobiles.
    They’ve copied everything from luxury cars to the smallest of compact
    cars. They even copied the Hummer, that quintessential symbol of
    American vehicular and military excess – because they couldn’t conceive
    of its equal themselves.

    Recent Chinese military advancements
    are no different. China previously copied the obsolete Sukhoi Su-27
    “Flanker” fighter. This is part of what Pravda has asserted (echoing a
    Wall Street Journal report) is a campaign to “disrupt military balance
    globally” by selling “cheap rip-offs of Russian weaponry” to developing
    states. China’s newest military aircraft, purported to be a stealth
    fighter, is visibly a copy of the United States’ F-22 Raptor. The
    Chinese have had ample opportunity both to recover the technology and to
    use espionage to further their understanding of it.

    There is
    almost no market that Chinese thieving has not affected. From handbags
    to microchips, from inkjet cartridges to counterfeit art treasures,
    there isn’t a thing in the world not now made in China – legally or
    illegally. While the thefts of military technology are the most
    disturbing, every one of these expressions of China’s global economic
    kleptomania is damaging to greater or lesser degree. We seldom ask,
    though, just why the Chinese steal.

    Not too long ago, Judith
    Apter Klinghoffer wrote that Communist China “has hit the innovation
    roadblock.” She explains that a society that prevents freedom of
    expression and the exchange of ideas – a totalitarian state like China,
    whose human rights abuses abound – cannot compete with free societies.
    The latter encourage innovation, while the former suppress it. “If
    Chinese military buildup is moving faster than some expected,” she
    indicts, “it is because ‘European nations have been selling China
    hundreds of millions of dollars worth of dual use military equipment
    each year, but as long as the embargo is in force, explicitly military
    gear can only be sold under the table and smuggled in.’” The “Chinese
    totalitarian system,” she writes, “depends on continued democratic aid.”

    other words, China steals what it wants but cannot produce. Obama and
    his ilk help the Chinese cut our throats by selling China our debts and
    absorbing without protest its nationalist antagonism. The proof is found
    in the patent system, which until recently the Chinese largely ignored
    as inconvenient. Despite a huge increase in patent applications from
    China, the director of the Beijing Intellectual Property Institute says
    that “valid patents in China accounted for less than half of the 6
    million patents granted, and two-thirds of the valid patents consisted
    of design and utility patents.” What this means is that many of the
    patents are worthless.

    The Chinese aren’t innovators; they’re
    thieves. They aren’t world power; they’re a world bully. They aren’t an
    expanding economy; they’re a slave-labor command market. They aren’t a
    rival; they’re a military and socio-political opponent with a long
    history of enmity to every ideal held by right-thinking Americans.