The China Watchers

 

The China Watchers

Keeping Americans Informed

by Mustang

Americans have been “watching” China for a very long time.  In 1784, when the dust and debris of the American Revolution were barely settled, the United States sent its first flagged ship to China.  It was the merchant ship Empress of China, bound from New York to the city of Canton.  What prompted American interests was, of course, trade — the search for new markets, driven in part by the fact that the British had little interest in trading with their former colonies.  China welcomed the Empress because the Americans were interested in buying things from China, while the Europeans only wanted to sell items to China.

In keeping with our traditions, trade also meant an opportunity for American ministers to save the barbarians from damnation.  The first American missionaries went to China in the 1830s — and did so even when it was illegal to do so.  We all know what rebels the Americans were back then, but it was the missionaries who first took an interest in Chinese culture, language, and history.  These were the men (and some women) who helped shape America’s perceptions of Imperial China.  As with the people of other lands, the Chinese saw the United States as a land of opportunity.  Thousands of Chinese migrated to the United States; there may have never been a transcontinental railway without them.

Some Chinese leaders were so impressed by the United States’ political achievements that they became inspired — Sun Yat-sen, who borrowed the “Three Principles of the People” from President Lincoln’s belief in a government of, by, and for the people.  Sun Yat-sen helped to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and founded the Republic of China.

Thus, for most of the United States’ history, relations between Americans and Chinese were quite positive.  When Japan and the European powers began to break up China into their spheres of influence, the United States argued that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts and, therefore, supported a united and independent China.

This belief was the genesis of America’s “Open Door” policy. In this condition, China would continue to welcome foreign trade but retain its unique form of government and cultural identity.  The United States maintained adherence to this policy through the end of World War II — and it may have saved China from being gobbled up by competing European powers.

When Japan attempted to exploit China and expand its empire throughout East Asia in the 1930s, the United States stood in the way. Japan’s behavior prompted the United States to establish a credible naval fleet in the Pacific.  American volunteer pilots served China against the Imperial Japanese Army as part of the famed “Flying Tigers” operations; it led President Roosevelt to provide war materials to China to defend themselves against the Japanese hordes.

Of course, by that time, Chinese communists and Chinese Nationalists were engaged in a great civil war, making Japan’s timing particularly keen. As a ploy to help unify Chinese efforts against the Japanese, Roosevelt provided war materials to both communists and nationalists in more-or-less equal measure.  The communists accepted these gifts, of course, but rather than using them against the Japanese, stored them away in caves until they could be used against the Nationalists — which they did between 1945-49.

Of course, there were glitches along the way that caused some challenges to American diplomats, not the least of which was the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 and then the unhappy episode with the Boxers in 1899.  Nor could the United States have made a worse choice in its decision to back an absolute crook and tyrant in the form of Chiang Kai-shek.

The Chinese, or so it would appear, have long memories.  When the communists defeated the Nationalists in 1949 (with US arms and ammunition — some of which was used against US troops during the Korean War), China and the United States stopped talking to one another for over twenty years.

In fact, following the Korean War, which poised the US/UN against China as much as North Korea and the Soviet Union, paranoia led the Chinese to manipulate the United States into the Viet Nam War. If the Americans were kept busy in Southeast Asia, there would be no cause for alarm in Northeast Asia.  The United States (then controlled by Democrats) naturally fell into that trap without much cajoling.

President Nixon re-opened Sino-American relations n 1972; China was receptive because, at that time, the Soviet Union posed a real threat to Chinese sovereignty along their shared border.  Following Mao, Deng Xiaoping wanted closer economic ties to the United States but was determined to retain a communist state.

In its post-Imperial state, a communist state was the best method of controlling a billion people.  When the Chinese government killed protestors at Tiananmen Square in 1989, the United States feigned shock and dismay — Americans have been destroying their protestors since around the 1850s.  The Chinese no doubt looked at this as “goose/gander.”

Today, China and the United States have a robust trade relationship — but neither side trusts the other, and has not since 1949.  Now enters stage left the China Watchers, who tells us all we need to know about China.

During the Cold War, China Watchers assembled in Hong Kong, where they had a bird’s eye view.  Some of these watchers worked for Western intelligence agencies, universities, and news agencies.  If journalists, British government censors previewed reports to prepare for potential diplomatic fallout from publication.

Most China Watchers were Americans — who had limited access to Chinese government officials, press briefings, and interviews.  So what these American China Watchers would do is parse government announcements for hidden meanings, keep track of Chinese officials’ movements reported in press agencies, and analyze photographs taken of public appearances.  China Watchers would also interview refugees or copy the analyses written by others in Taiwan or the Soviet Union — which some folks would call plagiarism.  Well, it wasn’t entirely their fault because none of them could speak Chinese.

Despite all these factors, the China Watchers continue to keep us advised of events in China.  Some of them publish exhaustive papers about China, but these are mostly the academicians, who mostly prepare documents because it advances their academic status.  Most of them appear live on CNN or some other propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

They spend a few moments of precious air time to regale us with their in-depth knowledge, their warnings about the strength or fallacy of U. S. policy, and of course — for no extra charge; they offer us their dire predictions.

Does anyone pay attention?  I mean, does anyone who matters pay attention?  I think not.  Our geniuses in the State Department do not require the assistance of China Experts; members of Congress do not, for they are already in the back pocket of Chinese officials (the movers and shakers of Beijing), no one in the economic sector requires the expertise of the China gurus … for they already have the answers (which is that national debt doesn’t matter).  Actually —and this is merely an opinion— the morons on the Weather Channel have greater credibility than the China Experts.  For example:

  1. In the 1950’s we were blessed with A. Doak Barnett, who styled himself a Pekingologist, which, insofar as I can tell, is two steps below a garbologist — and a Jesuit Priest named Le Dany, who circulated the China News Analysis to 48 countries around the world.  Experts … both.
  2. Michael Pillsbury, a Rand Corporation analyst, called for closer ties with China during the Cold War.  Of course, Michael also encouraged Reagan to arm Afghanistan’s Mujahedeen.  A real genius.
  3. Min-xin Pei, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, was convinced that China’s adherence to communism would stifle the Chinese economy.  Prescient.
  4. Susan Thornton … a former Under-Secretary of State who speaks fluent Russian and Mandarin Chinese, retired in 2018 because Sen. Marco Rubio publicly stated that he could guarantee Thornton would never be confirmed as a permanent appointee.  Rubio claimed she was too soft on China.  The China experts proclaimed that Thornton was steady and effective in matters relating to China.
  5. Elizabeth Economy (no, really) was a prominent voice on China policy … because she wrote a book predicting that China’s global economic dominance was much overblown.  She was wrong in 2014, and she’s probably wrong now, as well.
  6. Henry Kissinger created the Institute for China at the Wilson Center.  I guess enough has been said about that.

Gordon G. Chang, of the New Jersey Chang’s, is one of our more recent China experts. He’s been kind enough to warn us about Chinese spying at our colleges and universities, China’s interest in American technology, the pending collapse of China, and China’s conspiring with North Korea against Japan’s interests.

Of course, unless we’ve been in the time-out corner for the past 40 years, we know this stuff already.  We should probably expect our adversaries to spy on us — Israel does, and we pay them $40 billion a year for their friendship.  No, the question should be why the FBI allows them to get away with it.  Is it to prove that we’re more tolerant than they are?  I think the Chinese are being silly.  They could save a lot of Yuan by not spying on the United States — members of Congress and White House staff will tell them what they want to know for next to nothing — a small donation here, a small donation there.

Mr. Chang even went so far as to lay responsibility for Covid-19 at China’s doorstep.  That was a hell of an exposé — and gutsy.  The American press responded to this revelation with gusto — by attacking anyone who used the words Wu Flu — even as American seniors were dropping like flies in a French pasture.

President Joe, meanwhile, wants us to know that China is our friend.  You know, like the neighborhood cop who always begins a conversation by warning us of our Constitutional rights.  We know China is our friend, not by their words, but by their actions — such as infiltrating Central and South America, funding massive projects in Africa, garnering influence with Moslem countries who want Americans dead, providing support to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and stealing General Motors.

I would have mentioned that the Chinese also obtained our top-secret undersea technology and copied the F-35 from stolen blueprints, but then I’d have to say that they obtained those technologies from Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and I don’t want to besmirch anyone’s character.

Meanwhile, or so I’m told by my many contacts in Chinese fast-food restaurants, the Chinese government is laughing itself silly on an almost daily basis since early November.  And I have to say that were it not for Mr. Chang’s predictions, and I would never have stocked up on Chinese Noodles that only require the addition of hot water to activate the powdered cyanide.  So, I owe him for that.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Who is the real Max Baucus former ambassador to China?

 

Max Baucus Despises Donald Trump…..

by Mustang

The headline is laughable.  It is certainly true that Max Baucus despises Trump (and all of those who voted for him in 2017) but the headline hardly constitutes the breaking story of the day.  Recently, Baucus criticized Trump for his open hostility toward China and in this context, compared Trump to Adolph Hitler.  Doing so isn’t news, either.  In a recent article, I read this insert to showcase Baucus’ bona fides:

[Snip] “Max Baucus, former Ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and a former US Senator from Montana, compared President Donald Trump to the 20th century Nazi leader Adolph for his rhetoric against China for the communist government’s unleashing of the COVID-19 Chinese Coronavirus on the US and the world.  Baucus also warned the US will ‘pay a price’ for criticizing China.”

[Snip] “In 2014, US President Barack Obama nominated Max Sieben Baucus to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Peoples Republic of China.  He served as Ambassador from February 21, 2014 until January 19, 2017.  Ambassador Baucus formerly served as the senior US Senator from Montana.  He served in the US Senate from 1978 to 2014 and was Montana’s longest serving US Senator as well as the third longest tenure among those serving in the US Senate.”

[Snip] “While in the Senate, Ambassador Baucus was Chairman and Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance.  While Chairman, he was the chief architect of the Affordable Health Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2009.”

[Snip] “Ambassador Baucus has extensive experience in international trade.  As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, he led passage and enactment of the Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries [countries listed].  He was also deeply involved in orchestrating the congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001.”

So, there you have it.  His official biography (on file with the US Chamber of Commerce) goes on to say that he’s also an expert and a leading hand in matters of taxation, agriculture, nutrition, forestry, farm subsidies, environment, public works, transportation, infrastructure and the US highway system.  Max Baucus is not only an expert in matters of foreign trade, he’s also an expert in matters of US-Chinese relations and the American health care system, which he helped to destroy.

Still, who is Max Baucus and what makes him such a multi-faceted expert, a go-to-guy in matters of US-Chinese relations?  Let’s peek:

Broken home, took his stepfather’s name, graduated from high school in 1959.  Attended Carleton College in Minnesota for a year and then transferred to Stanford University, graduating in 1964 with a degree in economics.  Attended Stanford Law School, graduating in 1967.  Worked for three years for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is something lawyers do when they aren’t competitive or competent lawyers.  In 1972 he returned to Montana to serve as executive director of the state’s constitutional convention.

In that same year, he gained a seat in the Montana House of Representatives.  Two years later, the people of Montana elected him to the US House of Representatives, serving until his appointment to the US Senate in 1978.  He remained in the Senate for 36 years.

If Baucus is an expert in all the areas listed on the biographical data form on file with the US Chamber of Commerce, his only source of expertise is in his political affiliation in the US Senate.  Baucus never accomplished a single thing outside of the political arena, so one wonders how anyone can regard him as an “expert” in much beyond feeding from the public trough.  In my mind, claiming that Baucus is an expert in foreign trade is similar to the suggestion that a recently hung horse thief was an expert in hemp.

But wait … it gets better.

Max Baucus sits on the board of advisors to the Chinese company Alibaba Group.  We aren’t sure how long he has been sitting on that board, or even if this constitutes Baucus’ golden parachute from long government service.  We do know that Alibaba Group is a massive technology company specializing in retail e-commerce founded in 1994.  The company made its way into the US marketplace in 2014, which amazingly coincides with Baucus’ appointment as US Ambassador to China.

There are number of controversies surrounding Alibaba, of course, which began around 2011.  These include on-line fraud, sales of uranium to Iran, selling counterfeit retail items, and a class action suit alleging violations of the US Securities Act (where Baucus once served as a young lawyer).

While occupying a position on the board of Alibaba, Baucus also maintains an advisory position with the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

I’m sure there is nothing wrong with representing a foreign company while also advising the CIA and then berating the President of the United States for calling attention to China’s duplicity in the recent global pandemic.  Let’s be clear: Baucus isn’t the problem.  The problem is the corrupt nature of our elitist political system that permits treasonous associations with countries and interests that seek to destroy our nation.

Why do we allow US companies to employ Chinese-made drones that provide China with information about our electrical grid, transportation systems, and access to various US data bases, including Homeland Security?

Why do we allow the Chinese to own US companies?  By the way, here are a few US assets owned by Chinese companies: Smithfield Foods, Chicago Stock Exchange, AMC theaters, Legendary Entertainment Group, General Electric Appliances, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, Riot Games, Ingram Micro (distributor of Apple products), and Motorola Mobility (phones).  There are over a hundred US companies now controlled by China.

No, Baucus isn’t the problem.  He’s only one of many who enrich themselves at the public’s expense and then lay claim to a golden parachute through their nefarious affiliations with nations that seek to destroy us.  Quite frankly, the only difference between Max Baucus and Bill and Hillary Clinton is that the Clinton’s are more adept in their duplicity.

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

New tariffs? We already have tariffs on 12,000 products

 

If we think the the US does not impose tariffs, think again. Before we get our knickers in a knot, let’s take a look back.

The Truth. We already impose over 12,000 tariffs on imports. In a story that appeared in Business Insider back in October of 2010, during the reign of Obama and Clinton, we learned that as far as tariffs are concerned, we are already knee-deep in applying tariffs to our favorite swamp benefactor businesses. Surprised? So when Congress gets on its high horse and tells us that we will have a trade war, ask them about the imposed tariffs on American products that happen to have great lobbyists, and are surviving. “Free Trade?”

Obama’s economic adviser Austan Goolsbee told CNBC a tariff “destroys more jobs than it creates.”

If so, then Obama was a prolific jobs destroyer. There was a 31% tariff on Chinese solar panels. There was a 35% tariff on Chinese tires.

That last one destroyed 100,000 jobs. In China.

“Obama’s decision may affect the employment of 100,000 tire workers in China and may bring an aggregated loss of $1 billion to China’s tire exporters,” Fan Rende, chairman of China Rubber Industry Association, said at the time.

We give presidents the power to impose tariffs.

They use it.

And they help the United States in the continuous trade wars. H/T:  Don Surber

 

25 American Products That Rely On Huge Protective Tariffs To Survive is the title of the Business Insider article. The usual suspects are the benefactors. So when the media tells you that applying tariffs to Steel and aluminum will start a trade war, and that we are sacrificing agriculture for steel and will be hit the hardest, perhaps it is because they have enjoyed and benefitted the most from the tariffs the swamp has imposed on imports. Here are a few of them:

Most vegetables — 20% tariff

Asparagus and sweet corn — 21.3% tariff

Apricot, cantaloupe, and dates — 29.8% tariff

Canned tuna — 35% tariff

Shelled peanuts — 131.8% tariff

Garlic or onion powder — 29.8% tariff

Tobacco — 350% tariff

European meats, truffles, and Roquefort cheese — 100% tariff

French jam, chocolate, and ham — 100% tariff

Most auto parts — 25% tariff

Miscellaneous ship parts — 50% tariff

Chinese tires — 35% tariff

Sneakers — 48% tariff

Brooms — 32% tariff

Here is a portion of the article written in 2010:

Congress is preparing assail China  for protectionist policies, like a 105.4% tariff on US poultry.

But anyone who thinks America is a perfect practitioner of free trade needs to wake up.

The International Trade Commission lists over 12,000 specific tariffs on imports to America. Hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected. So are obscure items like live foxes. (The above link of the ITC is dead) Clunky  website is  https://www.usitc.gov is  the new website.

Complete story with pics at  Business Insider

Here is the 350 page HTS Modified to Reflect Increased China 301 Tariffs just enacted:

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Top Dem Lawmaker: Democrats Will Not Pass USMCA Trade Agreement

 

It didn’t take a crystal ball to figure out the intentions of the Democrats who soon will control the House. Always interesting for them now that they are showing their hand and how wise they are.. Mind you, not one former President in decades has attempted to right the ship regarding our trade relations.

But now, these House members, many of whom we have never heard of before, will make sure the brakes are applied to our economy. I am sure our new  “Valley Girl” Cortez will be right on board with this concept.

Otherwise filibustering Maria, he is clueless. But then, Trump does have his magic wand!

Rep. Matt Cartwright, the newly elected co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

 

Cartwright told Maria Bartiromo Democrats will not sign President Trump’s USMCA trade agreement to replace the ruinous Nafta trade agreement.

Maria Bartiromo: Just to close the loop on the USMCA, am I right to assume you will not vote for this deal as it is written right now?

Rep. Cartwright (D-PA): No, unless it is made clear somehow that this is only a temporary position, that we are going to move on to broadening its effect to the entire manufacturing sector in this country.

UPDATE: Our man on the beat, Mustang added this comment –

I love the fact that this congressman, who’s job it is to know the US Constitution, doesn’t know that the Senate, not the House, consents to treaties.

President Trump told reporters on Sunday morning he will end Nafta and give Congress the choice between his USMCA or nothing.

Democrats would rather kill the US economy and have nothing.

 

 

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Here is Trump’s Magic Wand!

 

 

Trudeau thinks he will win a trade war with the U.S.???

 

So Trudeau says he won’t play because Trump thinks it would be a good idea if we held on to our Steel industry for the sake of National security. We once had 18 steel companies. Now down to two. Everyone dumping steel on the U.S.

Canada who has enjoyed the benefits of our military and spends a teeny tiny amount on defense. Yes, they do send some troops to our various misadventures, often with restrictions.

I couldn’t resist this clip on a Saturday.

 

….Trudeau said he refused to go because of the “totally unacceptable” precondition. He made the comment while outlining Canada’s response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Late today, President Donald Trump responded in a statement released by the White House, “Earlier today, this message was conveyed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada: The United State (sic) will agree to a fair deal, or there will be no deal at all.”

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This fellow thinks he is going to win a trade war with trump? Don’t make me laugh.

U.S. already imposes over 12,000 tariffs on imports

 

The Truth. We already impose over 12,000 tariffs on imports. In a story that appeared in Business Insider back in October of 2010, during the reign of Obama and Clinton, we learned that as far as tariffs are concerned, we are already knee-deep in applying tariffs to our favorite swamp benefactor businesses. Surprised? So when Congress gets on its high horse and tells us that we will have a trade war, ask them about the imposed tariffs on American products that happen to have great lobbyists, and are surviving. “Free Trade?”

To hear Never Trumpers (and a few Trumpkins) tell the story, Donald Trump is the first president since Hoover to impose a tariff on imported products.

Obama’s economic adviser Austan Goolsbee told CNBC a tariff “destroys more jobs than it creates.”

If so, then Obama was a prolific jobs destroyer. There was a 31% tariff on Chinese solar panels. There was a 35% tariff on Chinese tires.

That last one destroyed 100,000 jobs. In China.

“Obama’s decision may affect the employment of 100,000 tire workers in China and may bring an aggregated loss of $1 billion to China’s tire exporters,” Fan Rende, chairman of China Rubber Industry Association, said at the time.

We give presidents the power to impose tariffs.

They use it.

And they help the United States in the continuous trade wars.

Everyone plays the game. We must join it — and win. H/T:  Don Surber

25 American Products That Rely On Huge Protective Tariffs To Survive is the title of the Business Insider article. The usual suspects are the benefactors. So when the media tells you that applying tariffs to Steel and aluminum will start a trade war, and that we are sacrificing agriculture for steel and will be hit the hardest, perhaps it is because they have enjoyed and benefitted the most from the tariffs the swamp has imposed on imports. Here are a few of them:

Most vegetables — 20% tariff

Asparagus and sweet corn — 21.3% tariff

Apricot, cantaloupe, and dates — 29.8% tariff

Canned tuna — 35% tariff

Shelled peanuts — 131.8% tariff

Garlic or onion powder — 29.8% tariff

Tobacco — 350% tariff

European meats, truffles, and Roquefort cheese — 100% tariff

French jam, chocolate, and ham — 100% tariff

Most auto parts — 25% tariff

Miscellaneous ship parts — 50% tariff

Chinese tires — 35% tariff

Sneakers — 48% tariff

Brooms — 32% tariff

Here is a portion of the article written in 2010:

Congress is preparing assail China  for protectionist policies, like a 105.4% tariff on US poultry.

But anyone who thinks America is a perfect practitioner of free trade needs to wake up.

The International Trade Commission lists over 12,000 specific tariffs on imports to America. Hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected. So are obscure items like live foxes. (The above link of the ITC is dead)  https://www.usitc.gov/ is the new clunky website. (Apparently we are doing something with china and the import of cast iron sewer pipe.)

Complete story with pics at  Business Insider

A follow-up story by Business Insider that is well worth the read, written back in 2010:

19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Make You Weep >

Hillary Clinton’s dream ‘Open borders, open trade’

What is there to say? Plum wore out with Trump but this is the alternative. Grim isn’t it. If we thought Obama fundamentally transformed America, try open borders.

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Obama meets to sell out USA one more time, recall NAFTA?

The three amigos, Canada, Mexico and the USA, are meeting today in an attempt to sell out the USA one last time. How easy it is to forget what NAFTA has done to us. Buried with all that happened yesterday was a Trump speech worthy of some attention. What perked me up was Trump indicating he wanted to re-negotiate the NAFTA treaty as well as his opposition to TPP. One thing was running Mexican trucks up our gullet. Let’s roll back the clock and do a recall. Obama/We pay to fix Mexico’s trucks to meet Obama’s new EPA standards that he set. Makes sense.

The Obama administration announced a proposal last week to resurrect a controversial program that gives Mexican cargo trucks access to American highways.  (New York Times, Jan. 6, 2011)

According to a NAFTA arbitration panel, a cross-border trucking program included in the agreement requires the United States to allow trucks from Mexico and Canada access to American highways.  (Secretariat File No. USA-MEX-98-2008-01)

But first, because Mexicans would not pay for meeting our EPA standards, we did. Nice. Then we have the security issues, but hey, what’s a few more Mexicans, terrorists, or whatever.

U.S. pays to upgrade Mexican Trucks             mexico trucks

In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise.

Since the Mexican truckers have no intention of fixing the problem, Uncle Sam has stepped in to save the environment. U.S. taxpayers have picked up the cost to replace old mufflers on dozens of trucks and many more are scheduled to be upgraded by the middle of this year. The unbelievable story was reported this week by an Arizona newspaper that says replacing the old mufflers with new catalytic converters will reduce harmful diesel emissions by up to 30%. Full story here  Judicial Watch

Mexican government says it will ease its trade sanctions against U.S. imports only after its trucks are allowed to cross the border.

Sanctions? Juan really…

Juan Carlos Munoz, president of Mexico’s National Chamber of Motor Transport of Freight, said Mexican trucks cannot meet U.S. environmental emissions standards, which effectively shuts them out of the market.

Mexican oil companies “do not have sufficient capacity to supply the diesel suitable for these new technologies” required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Munoz said after meeting with Mexico’s transportation secretary.   From: All Headline News  :

Obama lifts ban on arm sales to Vietnam

Oh I suppose I am just being silly. How does Obama lift a ban on arms sales to Vietnam? I assume the ban was placed by Congress. Try as I might, I could find nothing regarding this little matter. I can’t imagine how the wounded and families who lost loved ones deal with this. We arm a Communist country. That is what we do. We have no clue what the turn of events will be and where Vietnam’s future will end up. But this is how we show our love.

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U.S. President Obama on Monday lifted a half-century ban on selling arms to Vietnam, a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans.

“At this stage, both sides have established a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect,” said Mr. Obama during his first visit there, The Associated Press reported. “This change will ensure thatVietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War.”

Every U.S. arms sale would be reviewed case by case, AP said.

More than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed in Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration saw advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record on human rights.

“They are still a communist country,” said retired Army Maj. Wulf Linden, a Georgia resident who served two tours in Vietnam. “If it’s the cream of our crop [of weapons systems], obviously that would be a bad mistake. It would be nice if we’re not selling to a regime that’s a documented communist regime. That’s my concern.”

Bao Nguyen, the mayor of Garden Grove, California, has written a letter to Mr. Obama and to Secretary of State John F. Kerry about Vietnam’s “atrocious” human rights record, including its imprisonment of dissidents in solitary confinement without charges.

“While we have an arms surplus to deal with, I don’t think dumping those arms on developing nations is the most effective way to counter China,” Mr. Nguyen said. “That’s because there’s no way to know that the government won’t use those weapons against its own people. Especially a government as corrupt and autocratic as Vietnam.”

More Washington Times

Hillary Clinton heavily involved in TP partnership, but now knows nothing

Here our gal Hillary lies through her teeth about the TPP. Does she not know yet that the internet now can contain her lying words? She sure know how E-mails works don’t you know. Interesting clip if only the media would pick it up, but for now it is up to us. Here we go:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday attempted to distance herself from the controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. During her tenure as U.S. secretary of state, Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times — but with her Democratic presidential rivals making opposition to the deal a centerpiece of their campaigns, Clinton now asserts she was never involved in the initiative.

“I did not work on TPP,” she said after a meeting with leaders of labor unions who oppose the pact. “I advocated for a multinational trade agreement that would ‘be the gold standard.’ But that was the responsibility of the United States Trade Representative.”

But at a congressional hearing in 2011, Clinton told lawmakers that “with respect to the TPP, although the State Department does not have the lead on this — it is the United States Trade Representative — we work closely with the USTR.” Additionally, State Department cables reviewed by International Business Times show that her agency — including her top aides — were deeply involved in the diplomatic deliberations over the trade deal. The cables from 2009 and 2010, which were among a trove of documents disclosed by the website WikiLeaks, also show that the Clinton-run State Department advised the U.S. Trade Representative’s office on how to negotiate the deal with foreign government officials.

The involvement of the Clinton-led State Department in the TPP is not altogether surprising: in a June,CBS News reported that “a senior administration official told CBS News Correspondent Julianna Goldman that Clinton was one of the biggest backers of TPP.” In a Bloomberg News interview that same month, President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice disputed the idea that Clinton was not involved in the TPP.

“She was integrally involved in all of the major initiatives of the first term of the administration,” said Rice, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations when Clinton was Secretary of State. “She was instrumental in formulating and implementing the rebalance to Asia, of which the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a part.”

More at IBT Times

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