Saturday, August 14, 2010

U.S. gets tougher with China

I do not often approve of our foreign policy efforts since the new administration has taken over here in the U.S. but I was pleased and impressed when I discovered this change. According to an article in the Washington Post, the Obama administration has adopted a tougher stance with China. This new diplomatic balancing act has the United States welcoming China’s rise in some areas but also confronts Beijing when it butts up against American interests.

The new policy, which sounds more like Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama, is basically this: Faced with a Chinese government increasingly intent on testing U.S. strength and capabilities, the United States unveiled a new policy that rejected China’s claims to sovereignty over the whole South China Sea. It rebuffed Chinese demands that the U.S. military end its longtime policy of conducting military exercises in the Yellow Sea. And it is putting new pressure on Beijing not to increase its energy investments in Iran as Western firms leave.

The U.S. maneuvers have prompted a backlash among Chinese officialdom
and its state-run press, which has accused the United States of trying to contain China. Yang Jiechi, the minister of foreign affairs, issued a highly unusual statement Monday charging that the United States was ganging up with other countries against China. One prominent academic, Shen Dingli of Fudan University, compared the planned U.S. exercises in international waters of the Yellow Sea to the 1962 Russian deployment of nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba.

Here is an interesting You Tube Clip showing how a deaf mute that did not hear a metal detector go off as he exited a store was tackled and arrested. Very professional staff - well trained. -I am guessing they are now standing in one of those lines that keeps getting longer and longer these days -you know, the unemployment line.....

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