While the Chinese government’s army of Internet harmonizers are busy blocking free discourse as well as your humble correspondent’s website (and once you’ve boiled that down, what’s the difference?), the naysayers keep branding those with a grip on reality as alarmists. Here is the first of ten reasons why they might just want to put the spliff down and take a cold shower:
They gave the bomb to Pakistan, and then cheered as Iran and the DPRK enriched away while embroiling the US in a strategic tarpit. And now they’re turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the nuclear ambitions of their military dictator buddies Burma.
Real responsible, boys.
I’ve decided to head in another blogging direction, so just for the record the other current and pending areas of globally irresponsible behaviour emanating from Beijing are as follows:
#2 Claims to the Arctic (unbelievable, but true)
#3 Antarctic treaty and exploration (they’ll pass on any accord and start digging)
#4 South China Sea disputed territories/claims (question of time before they occupy a disputed island)
#5 Exhaustive mass fishing of southern hemisphere oceans (lots of mouths to feed and they don’t give a crap about the damage to the ecosystem)
#6 Monopolising rare metals (thereby holding a gun to the world’s head – a strategy already well underway)
#7 Corruption of foreign politicians in return for CCP-friendly policies/access to resources (this is the latest example, and I see their fingerprints all over Rudd’s demise in Australia)
#8 Malevolent use of cyber capabilities to track, steal, punish, and control (this isn’t alarmist – it’s already happening)
#9 Building and controlling of ports in Asia, Africa, and Europe (Again, already happening and a conflict-generator in the making.)
#10 Ongoing efforts to undermine the efforts of other nations through misuse of growing influence at the table of various world bodies/conferences (e.g. UN, WTO, G20). This was a classic example.