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  •  We haven't seen any blowback yet. (0+ / 0-)

    Hong Kong, Russia, and Ecuador have shown us that they will bend to the will of the US Empire.

    •  Oh, just give them a little time to digest the day (1+ / 0-)
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    •  The majority of blow-back comes in subtle ways (15+ / 0-)

      sometimes many years later. For example, China has made considerable inroads into America's "backyard" mainly due to American history in those countries.

      In fact, blow-back from American aggression has opened up opportunities for Chinese investments all around the world. They move into areas that the US has failed such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

      While America fills coffins, China fills coffers.

      •  China taking advantage of global opportunities (1+ / 0-)
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        isn't blowback. Note that many of these countries that China mines or outsources to ultimately feeds American companies and a hungry American consumer.

        China still serves us and Afghanistan and Iraq by  nature of the "food chain" will also serve us.

        I see no blowback here.

        •  America intervenes mainly for economic reasons (7+ / 0-)

          and energy security. Most of these interventions were short lived of decades or less. The net effect of them has been detrimental to American prestige and interests. The cost-benefit has also turned sharply against the US (other than for the MIC).

          Note that many of these countries that China mines or outsources to ultimately feeds American companies
          And there are many things that China mines (especially in US fucked over countries) that are being controlled that can starve American companies.
          China's Ace in the Hole: Rare Earth Elements

          Lieutenant Commander Cindy A. Hurst, USNR, is a Research Analyst in the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

          On February 4, 2010, nearly 2 weeks after the Obama administration unveiled a $6.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan, a Chinese article posted on an online Chinese Communist Party–connected daily newspaper site, as well as on many Chinese blogs and military news sources, suggested banning the sale of rare earth elements (REEs) to U.S. companies as retribution.1 There was already ample Western concern about potential diminishing access to supplies of REEs, particularly after a 2009 draft report written by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology called for a total ban on foreign shipments of terbium, dysprosium, ytterbium, thulium, and lutetium, and a restriction of neodymium, europium, cerium, and lanthanum exports.2 The report immediately caused an uproar among rare earth buyers because China produces approximately 97 percent of the world's REEs. While there are sources of rare earth around the world, it could take anywhere from 10 to 15 years from the time of discovery to begin a full-scale rare earth operation.

          REEs are important to hundreds of high-tech applications, including critical military-based technologies such as precisionguided weapons and night-vision goggles. In exploring the idea of global military might, China appears to be holding an unlikely trump card. The country's grasp on the rare earth element industry could one day give China a strong technological advantage and increase its military superiority. This article focuses on rare earth elements and their importance to military technology. It also demonstrates how China's research and development programs, coupled with its vast reserves of REEs, have the potential to make the country a dominant force in the world.
          In Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Alexander Portnov, a professor specializing in geological and mineral sciences, wrote, "There can be no talk of developing nanotechnology if the country does not produce and use rare elements." Portnov argues that a country's extraction, production, and use of rare metals needed for technological innovation are "a precise indicator of its scientific and technical development."32

          It is possible that suitable alternatives to REEs could one day be discovered. In the meantime, however, REEs are critical to many modern technologies. China has recognized the value of REEs for over five decades. While the United States today leads in technological innovation, China's position in the rare earth industry and its vast reserves and ability to mine and produce them, coupled with its intense research and development efforts, could one day give it a decisive advantage in military-based technologies. The U.S. military must plan for this eventuality and take appropriate actions today if it expects to maintain its lead in military technology.

          I could give you a dozen more reports in this vein.
          China still serves us and Afghanistan and Iraq by  nature of the "food chain" will also serve us.
          Yes. China now "serves" America and the world - just as America served the world in the last century. The GDP's are going to cross shortly and there is nothing to stop it. America is too busy eating McFatburgers and watching Honey Boo Boo and trying to control the world. I see no signs of the US waking from it's stupor and looking around to see exactly what the country has turned into.
          •  I still don't see this as blowback. (1+ / 0-)
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            I see this as China seeing an opportunity and taking it. Is China starving American companies? With the case of PV, China dumping it's product in the US has put a couple companies out of business but the ravenous American consumer has dirt cheap solar power.

            As long as our country has the buying power it will be on top and China will serve us cheaply.

      •  "Mainly" (2+ / 0-)
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        China's trade advantage "mainly" comes from being able to undercut on price. this is "mainly" due to the fact the biggest employer of industrial workers is the Chinese gov't itself and lack of worker protections. But, y'know, the Chinese are such kittens. We old US dogs just can't compete in the cute dep't with them.

        •  US corporations are also one of the largest (3+ / 0-)
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          employers of industrial AND high tech workers in China.

          But, y'know, the Chinese are such kittens. We old US dogs just can't compete in the cute dep't with them.
          The Chinese are not cute little kittens. They are extremely aggressive and shrewd tigers. If America carelessly leaves any technology unprotected the Chinese will steal it and make it theirs. As far as trade dealings, the Chinese learned from the US how to take advantage by price cutting and tariff manipulation. The US has a very, very long history of doing just that to third world countries for decades. That's one of the ways America became the rich country it is today.

          China has/is learning from the master. Unfortunately, the master is sitting on it's fat ass still thinking it is #1. Comments such as yours don't help the situation. Americans need to open their collective eyes and see what's happening to their country.

          •  China is doing well because of price (0+ / 0-)

            Not because people around the world want to pay higher prices for Chinese goods because doing that somehow stick it to the US.

            Try to stay on your own topic.

            •  That comment makes absolutely no sense at all. (2+ / 0-)
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              It has no logical relationship to my posts.

              China is doing well because of price
              It's much more than price. It is also quality and technological expertise. China has taken the American entrepreneurial spirit and put it on steroids. Like I said before, it learned it's lessons well from the master.

              To sit back and say China only beats out America in manufacturing because it has cheap labor is avoiding the real truth. Failure by Americans to understand these issues is part of the reason for American decline in manufacturing. (BTW, education in the US is following the same pattern. Maybe that is why Americans don't know what is going on.)

              Part 1: An Empire Built Abroad
              How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

              Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.

              Why can’t that work come home? Mr. Obama asked.

              Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said, according to another dinner guest.

              The president’s question touched upon a central conviction at Apple. It isn’t just that workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.
               “Apple’s an example of why it’s so hard to create middle-class jobs in the U.S. now,” said Jared Bernstein, who until last year was an economic adviser to the White House.

              “If it’s the pinnacle of capitalism, we should be worried.”
              “The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.”
              “We sell iPhones in over a hundred countries,” a current Apple executive said. “We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems. Our only obligation is making the best product possible.”
              After one executive left that meeting, he booked a flight to Shenzhen, China. If Mr. Jobs wanted perfect, there was nowhere else to go.
               In part, Asia was attractive because the semiskilled workers there were cheaper. But that wasn’t driving Apple. For technology companies, the cost of labor is minimal compared with the expense of buying parts and managing supply chains that bring together components and services from hundreds of companies.

              For Mr. Cook, the focus on Asia “came down to two things,” said one former high-ranking Apple executive. Factories in Asia “can scale up and down faster” and “Asian supply chains have surpassed what’s in the U.S.” The result is that “we can’t compete at this point,” the executive said.

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