Shanghi Hillary – Cilton’s adventures in China

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in China chit chatting about a variety of issues, namely that China save our economic asses.

from ABC News

“I appreciate greatly the Chinese government’s continuing confidence in United States treasuries. I think this is well-grounded confidence,” she said. “We have every reason to believe that the United States and China will recover, and together we will help lead the world recovery.”

I worry a great deal about becoming even more indebted to China. They own so much of our infrastructure. We owe a lot to them in loans. Should they ever call us on that we’d be absolutely screwed. They’d be shooting themselves in the foot by destroying such a integral trading partner. So if they ever did ask for repayment in full I’d imagine Armageddon would not be far off.

Clinton also discussed environmental policy with the Chinese.

from NY Times

“When we were industrializing and growing, we didn’t know any better; neither did Europe,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Now we’re smart enough to figure out how to have the right kind of growth.”

With China being the leading producer of carbon dioxide this is both an ambitious goal and a necessary one. Considering the flow of the jet stream, we have a huge interest in China’s air pollution. Just as midwestern factories led to poor air quality here in New England, China’s grimy air floats right over here.

Human rights groups however are none too pleased with Clinton’s priorities. Even though Clinton stated that human rights issues in China were part of long term goals, they would not be the focus of this trip. Clinton rightly stated that human rights issues”can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises.” Human Rights Watch wrote a letter. Amnesty International wagged a stern finger of disappointment.

Human rights watches are integral. Someone should be paying attention to abuses here and abroad. I must ask though, are these people so narrowly focuses on their work that they are missing the big picture. Before the economic is back on track we can’t worry about other Chinese offenses. It should be clear to all these people that the economy is a priority above all others. If the economy collapses these rights workers will be on the streets just like the rest of us. Think of the rights abuses that will occur then. But of course they aren’t. They can’t seem to take their blinders off long enough to see city bus barring down on them as they cross the street.

Clearly these human rights organization understand nothing about how foreign policy works. There is black and there is white. There is abuse. Stop it. Why can’t Hillary see that? What Hillary thankfully knows is that you don’t spit in the face of the person your holding your hand out to. Say you are in dire need of some cash. You lost your job and the repo man is eyeing your car. You go to your friend looking for help. Once at their house you say, “I can’t believe you let your kids watch those violent cartoons, let alone any TV period. What’s the matter with you? Don’t you know you’re destroying your kids brain! By the way I need some money.” Do you think you’d get that money?

Neither does Hillary.


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