China's economic plans do not bode well for America

Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 10:55 p.m.
Congratulations to Ron Cunningham for his "End of empire" column on Sunday, Jan. 2. I enjoyed the excellent historical development and thought-provoking content.
Globalization implies a single world linked by trade and mutual commercial interests. This gives people a warm and secure feeling about human progress toward world peace. I fear the destination of this passage may not meet our high-minded expectations.
What is America's future in a Chinese-dominated global economy?
China's leaders generally take a centuries-long view of history. American leaders plan in terms of the next election and short-term profits. Therein rests the basic danger for the United States.
From their own pronouncements, we know China's leaders intend to become a major world presence. They want a world where no country acts without considering Chinese interests.
They see China as the traditional "center kingdom," exerting control over all nations. They have a goal and plan to achieve it.
I think China's long-term plan bodes ill for America. Can you imagine a world where foreign powers could affect your job? Can you imagine currency manipulations in Hong Kong wiping out your retirement fund? Can you imagine our president fearing to defend America or her allies?
Will China use its newfound power to spread a sugarcoated totalitarian rule along their trade routes and clients? Will Beijing's leaders use commercial links to cripple America's role as defender of freedom?
While we chase terrorists, China stealthily grows into a major industrial and military power. I urge our national leaders to wake up to this emerging threat. Act now with vision and policies to keep a strong and free America.
James D. Taylor, Gainesville

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