One-Sided “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” with Communist China
by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
They get our ‘Ping’– but where is our ‘Pong’?
U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, recently praised the importance of “people- to -people” exchange in order to strengthen the ties that bind the citizens of the United States and China, in the areas of sports, education, culture, science and technology, and women’s issues. A ping-pong game was played on April 15 at the Central Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) in Shanghai to commemorate this so-called “exchange”.
The fancy name for this endeavor is the “U.S. – China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE)” — which began on April 10, 1971, when nine American table tennis players, four officials, two spouses, and 10 journalists crossed a bridge from Hong Kong to mainland China, in what appears to have been an opening for Richard Nixon’s trip to China in 1972.
The hubris behind this on-going exchange should cause indignation to anyone with a modicum of common sense.
The only true tie that binds us to Communist China– no, that financially enslaves us— is their one-sided ping pong game of trading business tactics– and the fact that Communist China is buying up our long-term debt.
When it comes to science and technology, Communist China is feasting on the incredible support it receives from American companies such as General Electric– which is “sharing” some of its best technology with Beijing.
On the topic of “women issues”– surely they must mean the systematic government-forced abortions and massive forced sterilization of Chinese citizens.
While Beijing diplomats play ping-pong games with their American counterparts, dissidents continue to die behind bars in Communist China’s prisons.
All this goes to show that playing ping-pong for forty years with Communist Chinese diplomats has not given Americans any better results than if they had thrown their ping-pong balls against the Great Wall of China.
© Marielena Montesino de Stuart
UPDATE – 04/25/2011: The International Monetary Fund has issued its latest assessment of China. The IMF reports that China will overtake the U.S. economy by 2016. Read Market Watch for more details.
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