This blog has never been a particularly big fan of the government of China. The many egregious crimes that China has committed against its own people and the world are well-documented.
As a refresher - in the past two years China has sent us poisoned toys, dog food, seafood and medicine. It murders its own citizens, violently stamps down on any opposition - in Tibet or anywhere - and backs the murderous regime in Sudan.
Add to this, according to today's New York Times, poison houses. During the recent go-go housing bubble, builders were so desperate for drywall that they imported it from China. Alas, true to form, the Chinese exported drywall made with sulfur which, for those of you who did not fight in World War I, is what mustard gas was made from and was deemed so hideous a weapon that it was banned under the Geneva Convention. But, I guess if you're China, that treaty doesn't say anything specific about not using it to build an American child's bedroom, so what the f*ck. Why not?
According to the Times story, "There could be 60,000 to 100,000 homes that are worthless and have to be ripped completely down and rebuilt."
It would seem that China has declared war on the United States. But rather than the messy business of launching thermonuclear warheads, which would probably get noticed, China is going with the 'death by a thousand cuts' method.
But it's even more insidious than just sending over some contaminated kibbles. Bear in mind that most of the crap we buy at Wal-Mart and Target is made in China. We insist on paying three dollars less for that pair of shoes, so Wal-Mart is more than happy to send that business to a sweat-shop in Guangzhou.
Being the voracious consumers we are, all our money is flowing into China. And what happens to it? They lend it back to us so we can bail out the auto companies and banks and hand out 'free' money for "Cash-for-Clunkers." That's right. The same money that we spend on toxic products comes back to us when China buys our debt. Except this time, we have have to pay interest on it. (Or, more to the point, our children and great-great grandchildren will be paying that back.)
So, next time we buy scallops imported from China, or a $10 cashmere sweater, keep in mind where and how it was made, by whom and how much it is really costing all of us.
Yes, the Chinese government is truly evil and is putting its special brand of genius to work to declare war on the only real super power that stands in its way. And by my estimation, the baddies in Beijing are winning.
Let's just hope India, as the largest democracy on Earth, can step up and open up a can of economic whoop-ass on China before it's too late.