Saturday, January 30, 2010

The China that can say "No"?

I wouldn't be investing in any Taipei real estate right now...
Chinese state media says the defense ministry is suspending military exchanges with the United States over its planned $6.4 billion arms sale to neighboring Taiwan.
Granted, if we go down the tubes, their market for toxin-laced infant sleepwear goes in the crapper, as it were, but still, does anybody think the oligarchs of Beijing are really all that worried about sitting down across the poker table from President Hopey Changey?

7 comments:

Brad K. said...

Can we promise to pay them back $10 billion next week, if they let us make this sale this week? (Quick, print up some more of that funny money.)

Borepatch said...

This is the best blog post title of all time, geo- machtpolitik division.

Don Meaker said...

And after Taiwan, the next step is Singapore...

Now me, I would have a 3 or 4 China policy. Communist China has never ruled Taiwan, never ruled Singapore and ought to leave Tibet.

staghounds said...

Be serious.

The Chinese have the ability to just suddenly put all that paper on auction tomorrow. Talk about a currency breaker.

Why attack Taiwan (or Australia) and fight the only sort of war we can win? Like the Moslems, they are fighting the wars we can lose.

Tam said...

Hey, I didn't say anything about "attack", at least not in the tanks'n'bombers sense of the word.

TBeck said...

Does this mean that all of their nuclear scientists have to leave our national labs?

Brad K. said...

TBeck,

Oh, no! If all their nuclear scientists go home, what would Hilary do for campaign contributions? They might cut off Bill's folding money, too.

I am still bitter about how, in the Clinton years, time to do background checks for security clearances dropped from six months (to allow time for interviews and document searches to turn something up), to 35-40 days, worst case. Then some people got caught selling and stealing secrets. Who would have thunk? When you think of 35 days, in the Clinton era, recall how long you had to wait for an IRS refund - 6 to 8 weeks, if you filed early.

Um, if the Chinese pick up their marbles and go home - where do we get our power tool, hand tools, and most industrial tooling? And what does that mean for the Chinese national land in San Diego harbor?