Brewing crisis with China

China has been extending itself beyond its territorial waters in the South China Sea.  Japan and Vietnam have been affected, but the expansion is mostly at the expense of the Philippines.  China has gone so far as to build an artificial island in Philippine waters.  In doing so, it destroyed a coral reef, disrupted the Philippine’s fishing industry, and is interfering with its oil operations.

So the Philippines filed a complaint with an international tribunal.  China lost its case.  But it is refusing to comply with the ruling and is rattling its saber, blaming interference by the United States.

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Selling brides in China

Under China’s one-child policy, girl babies were routinely aborted so that the parents’ one child would be a son.  As a result, there are far more men than women in China.  This “woman shortage” means that many men can’t find anyone to marry.  So human traffickers are kidnapping women, particularly in Viet Nam, and selling them as brides in China.  This is becoming a big business, as CNN reports, after the jump.

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Total driving depravity

Drivers in China who have a traffic accident often back over injured pedestrians in order to intentionally kill them. This shockingly depraved disregard of life is encouraged by the compensation laws.  According to Geoffrey Sant, writing in Slate,

Most people agree that the hit-to-kill phenomenon stems at least in part from perverse laws on victim compensation. In China the compensation for killing a victim in a traffic accident is relatively small—amounts typically range from $30,000 to $50,000—and once payment is made, the matter is over. By contrast, paying for lifetime care for a disabled survivor can run into the millions.

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China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

The Chinese Communist party announced that it is lifting its one-child policy, which led to the forced abortion of millions of children.

Not that the party is becoming pro-life:  The policy led to a demographic mess, with an imbalance of more men than women (girls being most frequently aborted) and a shortage of new workers that threatens the nation’s economic growth.  Nor is the party embracing any kind of freedom, in which couples can choose how many children they have.  Now married couples will be allowed to have two children, but no more.

After the jump, excerpts and a link to a rather remarkable article in the usually pro-abortion Washington Post about the “horrors” of the one-child policy. [Read more…]

The epic cybersecurity fail

A hacker–probably connected to the Chinese government–has hacked into the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, stealing personal records on some 21 million federal employees.  The stolen information includes the results of security clearances, as well as coercion material on people with security clearances, meaning that this is an intelligence disaster.  Nebraska freshman Senator Ben Sasse, perhaps my highest-ranking personal acquaintance, has written perceptively about this in Wired Magazine, no less.  Excerpt and link after the jump.

(HT to Anthony Sacramone, whom you should also read on the subject.) [Read more…]

Free trade with higher wage countries & the China card

As Democrats make a political point of rejecting the free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership–to the point of defying the Democratic President–Charles Lane clears up the disinformation being spread about the treaty.

He says that, contrary to the rhetoric,  it won’t lose American jobs by sending industries to lower-wage countries.  Our biggest partners in this agreement, who would open their markets to us, would be Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  All of which pay  higher wages than the United States!  There are low-wage countries in the pact, such as Mexico and Peru, but we already have free trade agreements with them!

Also, in a column criticizing Hillary Clinton for being silent on a treaty she helped to create, Robert Kagan gives the underlying strategic reason for the Trans-Pacific Partnership:  forging an alliance to counter China. [Read more…]


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