Chinese Policy On America – Let Them Drift Away . . .

Much ado regarding Chinese CP Chairman Hu’s visit to the States. We’ve all seen the Chinese military’s slap at Gates during his recent visit. Testing their still embryonic 5th generation fighter also a pointed embarrassment — again — to the undeniably shaky Chinese civilian control over the PLA and its sprawling infrastructure.

Hu’s doing his final rounds as President, stepping down soon. This visit for a variety reasons always was going to be more tonal than substantive. The hard decisions on policy and direction will await his successor. For the Chinese, kicking the can further down the road has the added benefit of being smart geopolitics. The soft and hard power curves are moving their way on sheer inertia alone. The junky still remains addicted to both Chinese credit and cheap Chinese trinkets. Even Obama’s vaunted ‘green’ industry that he said will produce ‘thousands of good, high wage jobs’ is already stamped ‘Made in China’. A provision regarding restricting government contracting and Chinese goods a symbolic blip. Doesn’t alter the above.

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  1. Comment says

    Too many ex Agency people on cable saying uninteresting things – Saying stuff that anyone could say. Baer and some others add value – But most of the people on cable only serve to propagandize in a very simplistic and unimpressive way.

  2. Dr Leo Strauss says

    The USN sails past Davey Jones’ locker.

    A new “carrier killer” missile that has become a symbol of China’s rising military might will not force the U.S. Navy to change the way it operates in the Pacific, a senior Navy commander told The Associated Press.
    Defense analysts say the Dong Feng 21D missile could upend the balance of power in Asia, where U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups have ruled the waves since the end of World War II.
    However, Vice Adm. Scott van Buskirk, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, told the AP in an interview that the Navy does not see the much-feared weapon as creating any insurmountable vulnerability for the U.S. carriers — the Navy’s crown jewels.

    Reminds the Stiftung of the time we sat in John Lehman’s office. CBGs were going to take it to the Soviets, sailing into Vladivostok. Yup.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110215/ap_on_re_as/as_us_china_carrier_killer;_ylt=Ap3Ea50LJuHMItvJt08W53Ws0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJuNGsyaTlmBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMjE1L2FzX3VzX2NoaW5hX2NhcnJpZXJfa2lsbGVyBHBvcwM4BHNlYwN5bl9tb3N0X3BvcHVsYXIEc2xrA3VzYWRtaXJhbGNhcg–

  3. Comment says

    Btw – Pawelenty’s juxtaposition of certain images – stolid bourgeois, hockey win, fighter jets – reminds us of Scarborough’s 1st show which featured a rather odd assortment of conservative iconography.

  4. Comment says

    OTOH – Tweety’s exchange w/ Sal Russo is worth watching – Russo is afraid to acknowledge slavery and Tweety keeps pressing him on it. It’s rather bizarre. Slavery Denial is actually gaining traction iin the party of Lincoln. By denial we mean broadly – devalue, change the subject – etc.

  5. Comment says

    ” … even if he proposes good policies, the fact that Mr. Obama feels the need to wrap these policies in bad metaphors is a sad commentary on the state of our discourse.”

    Very true, but it has been this way for sometime – Ike’s defense highways, arpanet, etc etc

  6. Comment says

    Of course Krugman hedged a bit by pointing out he has nothing against GE because he probably has done speaking or consulting for GE or a subsidiary or plans to in the future.

  7. Comment says

    Immelt’s appointment was political – A way to remind and signal to the DC Orient that Obama does not hate business. He may as well have appointed Rick Warren to an interfaith dialogue commission on the same day. Besides Immelt is the kind of Republican businessman the DC beltway likes – he seems post partisan, not a social ogre. Jobs? They don’y need no stinkin’ jobs?

  8. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Krugman offers a useful break down of Brand Obama’s new meme, ‘competitiveness’ . And a nice reminder what he’s foisting upon us with Immelt.

    Take the case of General Electric, whose chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, has just been appointed to head that renamed advisory board. I have nothing against either G.E. or Mr. Immelt. But with fewer than half its workers based in the United States and less than half its revenues coming from U.S. operations, G.E.’s fortunes have very little to do with U.S. prosperity.

    By the way, some have praised Mr. Immelt’s appointment on the grounds that at least he represents a company that actually makes things, rather than being yet another financial wheeler-dealer. Sorry to burst this bubble, but these days G.E. derives more revenue from its financial operations than it does from manufacturing — indeed, GE Capital, which received a government guarantee for its debt, was a major beneficiary of the Wall Street bailout.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/opinion/24krugman.html?src=me&ref=general

  9. DrLeoStrauss says

    The empty theatrics of this visit does stun, doesn’t it? Hu’s boiler plate benevolent rise rhetoric repeated like talking points emailed from Crossroads GPS. News Flash — Obama ‘raised’ human rights — as if this was somehow heroic or ‘audacious’.

    More proof that the Universe began as a Monty Python skit – Donald Trump provides the most incisive, biting and substantive critique (regardless whether one agrees with his specifics).

  10. Hunter says

    I was listening to this report on the TV news last night (unusual for me), and I heard that 235 thousand jobs [/Dr. Evil] bit… $45 billion. I guess a nation of innumerates is easy to rule, or whatever, and I know that the so-called fourth estate has been a pathetic shell of a parody of itself for years, but still… I sort of couldn’t believe I was hearing what I was.

  11. DrLeoStrauss says

    A great point. The Obama Administration is already in re-elect mode.

    Watching the media coverage about this relatively minor trade deal and it’s not put in context of the existing structural trade problem or even this year’s trade deficit. (Even more so if one factors in that Boeing, which is “American’ in name, sells planes with many components themselves internationally sub-contracted out quite extensively).

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