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    Asia Rising
    By Rich Lowry, National Review
    April 21, 2006

    India has been shedding its deadening Fabian socialism, an import from Europe, and is a burgeoning economic power. China has created a kind of ramshackle free-market economy—in a bizarre shotgun marriage with a communist state—that is producing robust growth. Both countries are on the rise. Japan has been in a decade-long rut, but is still the world's second-largest economy. The trend lines in terms of economic and military power all say "Asia."

    The future is happening there, for better or worse. If we offend Europe, it still putters, and sputters, on. The stakes in Asia are much higher. Taiwan could be an occasion for a war. India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed adversaries. China could break up into feuding fiefdoms. Then, there's the psycho-state of North Korea. Given the region's importance and potential pitfalls, Bush-administration diplomacy should get more notice.

    President Bush has hitched a rising India to the U.S. At the same time, he has forged a close relationship with India's historic rival, Pakistan. The U.S. alliance with Japan has never been stronger, and relations with China are relatively friendly, too. The administration has been firm in its defense of Taiwan's de facto independence, while keeping the island from any unnecessary provocations. Diplomatically — putting aside the intractable North Korean nuclear problem — his is as close as it comes to running the table.

    The strategic goal is to create a sustainable balance of power so Asian countries can continue to liberalize. As Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations argues, if the focus is exclusively on China's rising power vis-à-vis the United States, the historic model is Europe circa 1914, with China in the role of Germany. If the focus is widened out to include Japan and India — as Bush has sought to do — hen the more congenial model might be Europe circa 1815, with a balance between several powers and the United States as Britain, which maintained that balance at very little cost to itself.

    All of this means our lingering Eurocentrism is out of place. We should care less about Jacques Chirac taking offense at our latest alleged gaucherie and more about what Dr. Manmohan Singh — he prime minister of India — thinks of attempts in Congress to torpedo the U.S.-Indian nuclear deal. Europe is yesterday's news; Asia is tomorrow's.

    for full article: http://www.nationalreview.com/lowry/lowry.asp
     
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    Well first there was the pet food problem, now toothpaste? What's with China, an economic deathwish?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/19/w...d1&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink


    May 19, 2007
    Poisoned Toothpaste in Panama Is Believed to Be From China
    By WALT BOGDANICH and RENWICK McLEAN

    Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said yesterday that the product appeared to have originated in China.

    “Our preliminary information is that it came from China, but we don’t know that with certainty yet,” said Daniel Delgado Diamante, Panama’s director of customs. “We are still checking all the possible imports to see if there could be other shipments.”

    Some of the toothpaste, which arrived several months ago in the free trade zone next to the Panama Canal, was re-exported to the Dominican Republic in seven shipments, customs officials said. A newspaper in Australia reported yesterday that one brand of the toothpaste had been found on supermarket shelves there and had been recalled.

    Diethylene glycol is the same poison that the Panamanian government inadvertently mixed into cold medicine last year, killing at least 100 people. Records show that in that episode the poison, falsely labeled as glycerin, a harmless syrup, also originated in China.

    There is no evidence that the tainted toothpaste is in the United States, according to American government officials...​
     
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    It does look like China has a serious problem with food related items, which could lead to huge economic problems for her:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/19/AR2007051901273.html?hpid=topnews

     
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    they should have some restrictions on certain chinese imports untill they can reasure us of their safety.
     
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    That's the second or third article on food related issues coming out in the past several days. Something is up and it's not going to be good for China.
     
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    They have got to get a gripp on their inspection process or they will lose alot of renvenue.

    I dont know how much this will hurt them but its ja trend that if it shows up in ohter areas of their exports it could really chill their economy.
     
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    Do you really think the government would NOT know what is going on? Question is how long other governments have failed to follow up with the China connection.
     
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    The melamine in the Wheat glutin was put thier to make the tests read it as higher in Protein.
    This makes it so they could sell it for more.

    I dont really think the left knows what the right hand is doing in China.

    I really doubt it was a government plan.

    I think it was some profiteering buy whomever was in charge of that section of thier production.

    It could show up as a trend where the central gov is unable to keep control of all aspects of the regime.

    This is the downfall of communism.

    Corruption and inability to control everything even if your intentions are honorable.

    Its a flawed system.

    Im hoping this spurs more openness and a begining of a shift towards the free market.
     
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    We'll see. Too many products from too many sources.
     
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    and again:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,275269,00.html

     

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