China is our friend. At least that's what we're told over and over again. Right?
They are one of our biggest trading partners in the world. President Bush has even referred to them as an ally in the War in Terror.
And if one were to refer to them as communists (which they freely admit they are) in a liberal town like New York City, he (or she - and I'd like to meet her, that perfect woman who would refer to the Chinese as Communists in public in New York City - anyway, one can only dream) would receive looks of scorn and would be laughed at for being so ignorant - so McCarthy-esque - as to call them communists.
Well, for those who had any doubt about China's expansionist and war-mongering policies, you owe thanks to the communists for clarifying any questions about where they stand. Today, China announced a new law
that authorizes (in advance) an attack on Taiwan.
CHINA has unveiled a controversial new law allowing it to use force against Taiwan if it protests at plans for reunification.
The Chinese government has said it will use the draft law to attack Taiwan if it tries to gain independence.
The article went on to quote Wang Zhaoguo, deputy chairman of Chinas National Peoples Congress Standing Committee saying:
"If possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect Chinas sovereignty and territorial integrity."
And we thought that doing business with them would make them less communist / belligerent and more capitalist / peaceful.
Nope. It's only made them rich belligerent communists that can now afford lots of new weapons. Great! That's exactly what we need right now: rich belligerent Communists!