Randy Shumway: China is a vital economic partner

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  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    March 11, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    That's not something to be proud of really. They can produce things so cheaply only because their labor has no rights and they offload their pollution to their populace, the same oppressed workers.

    I think the people in both countries were better off before.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Would that be Communist China? Government started by Mao Tse Tung?

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    "Few Americans express concern that Japan is trying to gain overt or untoward influence on the U.S. Rather, Japan’s debt ownership is seen as a stamp of approval and an expression of confidence in American stability."
    Very true. The reason that so few have such a concern is because since WWII, Japan has shown none of the militaristic and territorial expansionism during the last three decades that China has. All of the worry about Chinese debt ownership has nothing to do with that ownership per se. It has to do with the fact that it is part of a dramatically increased presence and influence of China throughout the world and the continuing undercurrent of subtle but increasing hostility toward the U.S. and its democratic process by a country that maintains single party Communistic rule by often brutal and corrupt means.

    It is not merely by chance that we and China are on opposite sides of political divides on issues related to countries like N. Korea, Iran, Syria, Russia, etc. Nor does it take very astute observational skills to note the grimy commonality of their associates nor their united hostility toward us.

  • scorsi Farmington, UT
    March 11, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    I used to drive a Chinese tour bus to the national parks from Yellowstone to Bryce and Zion. When people would ask about the group I was with I would tell them they came to see what they bought.