Letters to the Editor

China threat

May 6, 2008


To the editor:

I have just seen another news report about American citizens dying from a drug called Heparin whose ingredients came to this country from China. The never-ending stream of containers labeled "China shipping" deluge this country. There are some things you simply cannot buy that are not made in that Asian country.

A former premier of the Soviet Union made the statement that they would not need to defeat the United States in a war; they will self-destruct, wither and fall easily into our hands. The Soviet Union is no longer, but the notion has now passed to China. They are undercutting our industry. They are buying into our economy. They are flooding our stores with cheap and dangerous goods. They require their schoolchildren to learn English. Do you know how to speak Chinese? Is there no one who does not see the coming disaster?

When President Bush perceived a threat from Iraq, we launched a huge military war, we have sent billions of our tax dollars to support this war and provide the corrupt government of that country our taxpayer-provided resources to steal and misuse. But the Chinese have found a much more lucrative way to take over a country. Buy it. Infiltrate their markets. Devalue their dollar. Debilitate and destroy their industry and job security. No need to fire a shot, the good-old-boy Americans will gladly buy cheap goods and willingly give us their hard-won superior economic gains. Is anyone concerned? I wonder.

Fred Whitehead Jr.,



Paul R Getto 10 years ago

I agree, LogicMan. We need to nurture our relations with China and help them improve. They will own us one day, economically and/or diplomatically. They also have long-term strategic goals in business and government, something we no longer aspire to because of corruption in the board rooms and on Wall Street.

gogoplata 10 years ago

We are devaluing the dollar all by ourselves.

Boeing 10 years ago

Well said. I have been to China several times, as recently as two weeks ago to Hubei Province, and it's a wonderful place. The Chinese are some of the most hard working people I have ever met. If they take all of our jobs, it's because we were too lazy to keep them. And as mentioned - China has its problems...who doesn't? Punishing 1.4 billion Chinese because of the actions of a few is ridiculous. Like punishing America because of someone one President did.

OnlyTheOne 10 years ago

As I read these comments I realize somebody's been doing some excellent brainwashing of LJ-W readers.......

VTHawk 10 years ago

They require their children to learn Chinese because they are determined to establish good relations with the United States. Despite the news reports of low-quality items flooding the American market, the simple truth is that Chinese goods are, on the whole, quite safe. American companies also often are forced to recall items (beef, cars, etc.)The Chinese are not TAKING American jobs so much as they free Americans up to do more productive (and capital intensive) labor. Free trade is responsible for around $13,000 per year per American household, as gains from trade have made a huge variety of items more affordable to Americans.While China certainly does have its problems, and almost certainly cannot maintain its current trajectory for too long, we should be careful before blaming them for the US' (perceived) economic woes.

LogicMan 10 years ago

The vast majority of products coming out of China are excellent, including this new computer I'm using. At one time we were great friends with China, and Nixon, despite his faults, made great strides toward restoring trust and goodwill. The Chinese are great people who have learned well from us. Please help them improve their products and our relations with them, rather than taking the easy, destructive route. Their society is based on the long-term, and not the short like us, and respect for elders is very important. So it will take several more generations for them to evolve into a true democracy.For the moment, they are worried about Taiwan, and not so much us; we should help those two sides get along until their differences fade away over time, and then they can be reunited.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

"Just a guess."And as always, a very uneducated guess.

jonas 10 years ago

"I now know that this (perceived) problem is really an asset."Funny how he didn't say anything like that.

Poon 10 years ago

Bubble wrap usually works well to avoid threats to China. Generally, I will wrap each piece of China individually and place it in a sturdy box. Excess space within the box can be filled with styrafoam peanuts. The threat to China from breakage and other damage is greatly reduced.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

Thanks for clarifying that, VTHawk. I had had the mistaken impression that the US national debt of nearly $10 trillion, or $33,000 per man, woman and child, was a problem. I now know that this (perceived) problem is really an asset.

jonas 10 years ago

Mr. Whitehead: Wo hui yong zhongwen jiao ni yi ge hen ben de laotour. Ni piping Zhongguo yi qian, yinggai xuexi yi xia. How insidious of them to not be so arrogant as to assume that We should conform to Their language at all times because they're too lazy too learn ours. China has never been interested in "taking over" the United States. What most of them really want is to attain a level of comfort and security at least somewhat similar to ours. Of course, they can't. I mean, add the population of China and India trying to attain living standards those of us fortunate enough to be born into the United States enjoy, and the planet simply won't be able to support it. Thank goodness we got here first, eh?

Tammy Yergey 10 years ago

And I actually try to find things NOT made in China. I will pay more just to buy something made anywhere but China. They are going to be the new superpower.

Tammy Yergey 10 years ago

I agree with you Fred. And it is not China doing it. We are doing it to ourselves. How much industry are we losing daily to China? Lets say China decided to impose an embargo on the US. What would we do? We couldn't do anything. We would be at their mercy just as we are for the Middle East oil. They have no labor laws. No environmental laws. And industry takes advantage of that. Scary.

jonas 10 years ago

'Lets say China decided to impose an embargo on the US. What would we do?"If China was not able to import their products into the United States, then their economy would tank. They have no desire to see this happen. Can you give me a rational reason that China would put an embargo on the US?Blue: India has a very well developed IT sector at this point. Their kids come here, study the hard sciences in college, work three times as hard as most American kids, and go home to use their knowledge to help their families and communities.

VTHawk 10 years ago

blue73harley,I should clarify my statement. In the long term, the US is not losing net jobs because of outsourcing. The effects of factories being shuttered are certainly real for those workers, but have little effect on the long-term economic outlook of the United States.The US does not have a comparative advantange in most parts of the manufacturing sector, so a wide range of those jobs should be outsourced. However, we should continue to develop service sector and high-end manufacturing jobs domestically (Like Google: profit margin of 25%, Apple, Yahoo, etc).

geekin_topekan 10 years ago

China has more people speaking english and working for American corporations than America has.

Newcomb 10 years ago

Finding_Uranus (Anonymous) says:"With 1.3 billion people, which is a billion more than we have, China will overtake the US and maybe the world in our lifetimes, if not economically, but by force. It's sure to happen."Really? It's sure to happen? Just because a country has a huge population and a growing economy does not mean they surely have desires of world domination. You watch too many Saturday morning cartoons. Our success and prosperity and China's are not mutually exclusive.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years ago

They also have long-term strategic goals in business and government, something we no longer aspire to because of corruption in the board rooms and on Wall Street.Agreed. We only have shorted term selfish goals. There's almost a celebrity cult going on with upper management. They all want to be like Trump. They want to make millions whether or not they run the company into the ground. Our country needs more working management, not ones who have several houses, boats, etc. I mean where do they find time to run the company? They are so busy entertaining and impressing themselves and their business associates.

Godot 10 years ago

The government can do lots to close the competitive gap with China. It can make America more competitive. It can educate our children to be industrious and to take pride in hard work and learn practical skills; eliminate layers and layers of duplicative, and contradictory, government regulation; reduce corporpate taxes; eliminate unions; replace the income and withholding taxes with a sales tax; eliminate social programs that entrap people in poverty by making them dependent upon government.....for starters.The other choice is to make China less competitive - by imposing tariffs. If that happens, The Great Depression and WWII will look like walks in the park by comparison.

VTHawk 10 years ago

Godot:Right on the money! To many of my generation (I am in my 20's) went through college without any math or science classes. We are too focused on sociology and other social sciences instead of the engineering and physical sciences.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years ago

Yeah, Marion, if the Chinese learn to make Chevy Malibu autos, well, you do the math. The UAW has done a very stupid thing with their stubborn greediness. People who get $20.00 an hour to screw bumpers on cars should not think that they can better themselves by walking out wanting more.

Godot 10 years ago

Eight out of 10 of the hardest to fill jobs in the US are non-professional. They are, in order: engineers, machinists/machine operators, skilled trades, technicians, sales representatives, accounting and finance staff, mechanics, laborers, information technology staff, and production operators. http://www.cnbc.com/id/24408837/?photo=10The two professional jobs that are hardest to fill require the ability to apply math and/or science in a business setting. The other jobs require no college education at all, though all but two require practical training.This is one of the many reasons manufacturing growth is at a standstill in the US, and why many companies take their manufacturing off shore.We are neither training nor encouraging our young people to do the work that needs to be done to retain our manufacturing base. China, on the other hand, does all of these things, and more; they send their best and brightest to the US for a science/math education so they can bring this knowledge back to China to make their country more competitive.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years ago

I have been concerned about it for quite some time. Even the berets our soldiers wear were made in China. Most anything you use is now made in China, except large appliances and cars. They are poisoning our kids with lead paint, they are killing our pets with poison food. You bet I am concerned. The question is how much is the government concerned, and what will they do about it. Thank you, Lynn

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