China a hostile 'friend'

Published: Friday, July 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 10:27 p.m.
The Gainesville Sun regards China as benevolent toward the United States and the world. Your paper has glossed over the real dangers this nation is projecting on the world stage.
The bid for the ninth largest American oil company is testament to the inequalities in our trade with them. This sale should not be allowed to go unchallenged as it goes against this countries national security.
Our companies do not control 51 percent of their enterprises in China. Here, the Chinese would own 100 percent, and use that company to exploit oil reserves in disputed areas.
It also would transfer technology in which the Chinese could use against our country in our defense of Taiwan if that came to pass.
China controls the Panama canal, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. If China invaded Taiwan, America would be forced to go around the horn of South
America, exposing its ships to the growing fleet of China's submarines.
America is downsizing its submarine fleet.
China and Castro are good friends, and China has leased the old Soviet listening posts on that island. China has also recruited Chavez of Venezuela to sell them the oil they now sell to the U.S.
And they are trying this ploy with Mexico as well. The end result is to destabilize the U.S. in its own sphere of influence.
It's no secret that China proliferated the technology of nuclear weapons to the Pakistanis. They also are helping the Iranians in their quest of the bomb.
They are also allowing North Korea to sell their technology to rogue terrorist governments who are against the U.S. as well as Israel.
China is building naval bases in the gulf region to "quote" protect its shipping lanes and enhance control of world choke points.
I ask - for how long.
James E. Clark, Gainesville

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