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NOTE: This article first appeared in the January 2, 2006, edition of SoapboxWeekly.com.

Another Red Flag Regarding China

China is now the leading nation in the world when it comes to exporting technological goods. This is bad news for the United States.

The fact that China has the ability to export so many technological goods means that it has the ability to make a lot of technological goods. This means that it can use this technological know-how to increase its military capacity. And when one combines the factors of the ideology of communism and military capability, the result is a threat to the people of the free world. For too long, and especially for the last few years, the United States has dealt with China as a budding ally. However, the truth is that China is a mature enemy. It wants nothing more than to increase its military capabilities so that it can offer a serious security threat to the United States. As many mistakes as the Bush Administration has made with regard to foreign policy, namely its approaches to both the War on Terror and its relations with Mexico, which is another alleged friend that is really another one of our enemies, the American people can only hope that their government is not making its biggest mistake in its coddling of and cozying up to China.

And even besides the fact that China, with its new status as the technology-exporting king of the world, obviously has technological capability that may be able to compete with that of any other nation on the planet, the large amount of technology that it is exporting means money for its economy. If we want to destroy China's ability to be a threat to us, we must be able to stifle its economy. After all, the way that we eventually defeated the Soviet Union is that we defense-spent its economy into the ground, causing it to collapse, and the collapse of the communist government followed. A strong Chinese economy means a strong China, and a strong China is bad news for America.

We need to impose an economic embargo against China, and we are probably going to have to boycott imports from it as well. (An embargo against China on our part would probably lead to a retaliatory embargo against us on China's part, anyway.) But as much as such action might hurt some people economically in America, it is really the best thing for us to do in the interests of our long-term national security. Although an economic embargo against China might lead to fewer inexpensive goods' being sold in the United States, a shortage of such goods might open up a new market for similar goods that could be produced here in the United States by American workers. But even if goods made in this country were more expensive than those that would be made in China, if the production of such goods by Americans helps to defeat China -- the new Evil Empire -- the economic sacrifices that will have been incurred will have been well worth the trouble.