Chinese Acting Like 19th Century Americans—Americans Acting Like Utopian Ideologues
"Thank you, Hu
Jintao, and thank you, China," said
Hugo Chavez, as he announced a $20 billion loan from
Beijing, to be repaid in Venezuelan oil.
The Chinese just threw Chavez a
life-preserver. For Venezuela is reeling from 25 percent
inflation, government-induced blackouts to cope with
energy shortages and an economy that shrank by 3.3
percent in 2009.
Where did China get that $20
billion? From us. From consumers at
Wal-Mart. That $20 billion is 1 percent of the $2
trillion in trade surpluses
Beijing has run up with the United States over two
Beijing is using its trillions of
dollars in reserves, piled up from exports to America,
to cut deals to lock up strategic resources for the
coming struggle with the United States for hegemony in
Asia and the world.
She has struck multibillion-dollar
deals with Sudan, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran and
Australia to secure a steady supply of oil, gas and
vital minerals to maintain the 10-12 percent annual
growth China has been racking up since
dispensed with Maoism and set his nation out on the
China has dozens of nuclear power
plants under construction, has completed the
Three Gorges Dam—the largest power source on
earth—and is tying the nation together with
rail, bullet trains and highways in infrastructure
projects unlike any the world has ever seen.
Contrast what China is doing with
what we are about. We have declared vast regions of our
country, onshore and offshore,
off-limits to drilling for oil and gas. We have not
nuclear power plant in 30 years or a refinery in 25
years. We have declared war on fossil fuels to save the
planet from global warming.
Determined to take America`s title
as the world`s first manufacturing nation, as she has
taken Germany`s title as the world`s leading exporter,
China keeps her currency undervalued and demands of
those who sell to China that they also produce in China.
As America`s share of the world economy steadily falls,
China`s share has doubled. This year, China will
overtake Japan as the world`s second-largest economy.
Having seen the Soviet Union
disintegrate into 15 nations and fearing the
Uighurs, Beijing floods her border provinces with
Han Chinese. America, declaring
racial, ethnic and religious diversity a strength,
invites the world to come and swamp its native-born. And
mostly poor, unskilled and uneducated, they are coming
by the millions.
China puts savings ahead of
spending, production ahead of consumption, manufacturing
ahead of finance. Embracing free trade, Americans
declare that it makes no difference who produces what,
where. What`s good for the Global Economy is good for
Before the financial collapse, the
U.S. savings rate stood at zero percent of family
income. In China, it ranged between 35 percent and 50
Since the Cold War, the United
States has been playing empire—intervening to punish
evil-doers and advance democracy in Panama, Somalia,
Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
expanded NATO to include Eastern Europe, the Baltic
States and much of the Balkan Peninsula. We have not let
a single alliance lapse from the Cold War. And we have
fewer friends and more adversaries than at the end of
the Cold War. What has all this intervention availed us?
China, having fought no one, has
rapidly built up her military power and developed ties
to the growing number of nations at odds with America,
from Russia to Iran to Sudan to Venezuela.
The Chinese of 2010 call to mind
19th century Americans who
shoved aside Mexicans, Indians and
Spanish to populate a continent, build a mighty
nation, challenge the British Empire—superpower of the
day—and swiftly move past her in manufacturing to become
first nation on earth. Men were as awed by America then
as they are by China today.
America seems a declining
superpower. She cannot defend her borders, balance her
budgets or win her wars. Her educational system at the
primary and secondary level is a shambles. In the first
decade of the century, she lost one of every three
manufacturing jobs. In this second decade, she is
looking at trillion-dollar deficits to 2020. The world
is losing confidence in her ability to manage her
surging national debt.
While we are finally extricating
ourselves after seven years from
unnecessary war in Iraq, we are heading deeper into
an Afghan war that has lasted a decade, the end of which
it is impossible to see.
During the Cold War, China was in
the grip of a
millenarian ideology that blinded her to her true
interests. Today, it is we who are captive to a utopian
ideology that is becoming perilous to the republic.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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