|Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter meet with Deng Xiaoping in 1979|
One of those decisions was for the United States to engage and legitimize Communist China's leadership, and assist in its economic modernization and growth, despite a horrid human rights record, over the past forty six years. The rest of Western countries followed the lead of the super power. Was that a good idea?
|State of the World 2018 panel at Florida International University|
Realpolitik could justify engaging China in 1971, in the midst of the bloody Cultural Revolution, to exploit divisions with the Soviet Union, but once the USSR imploded in 1991 that engagement, especially economic should have ended but instead it intensified.
|Richard Nixon shaking hands with China's mass murderer Mao Ze Dong|
The Clinton Administration continued and intensified this relationship with China and completely de-linked it from human rights considerations. This decision had consequences for the American middle class. Corruption appears to have also played a role. Clinton confidante Webster Hubbell was forced to resign to face a criminal investigation in 1994, the former associate attorney general received more than $400,000 from about a dozen enterprises, including the organizers of a multibillion-dollar development in mainland China that received the endorsement of the Clinton administration. Jane White, the author of America, welcome to the poorhouse, have called Bill Clinton, the outsourcer in chief. What did this translate into in concrete economic terms? According to Jane White quite a lot:
"Manufacturers never emerged from the 2001 recession, which coincided with China's entry into the World Trade Organization. Between 2001 and 2009 the U.S. lost 42,400 factories and manufacturing employment dropped to 11.7 million, a loss of 32 percent of all manufacturing jobs. The last time fewer than 12 million people worked in the manufacturing sector was in 1941."Chinese nationals have been subjected to new totalitarian controls over there lives with the help of American companies such as Google and Yahoo. Google,to be able to operate in China, censored its search engines and Yahoo went further and actively tracked down dissidents who had been sending out e-mails critical of the government, leading to their imprisonment and torture. American corporations today are complicit with a murderous totalitarian regime.
|Chinese Dictator Jiang Zemin and U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1997|
The Peoples Republic of China during the 1990s was having set backs getting its rockets to launch successfully but American corporations came to the rescue with the assistance of presidential waivers signed by President Bill Clinton in exchange for substantial campaign donations.
|China goes ballistic, tests nuclear-capable missiles able to reach U.S.|
|DF-31A mobile missile|
Disagree with Anne-Marie Slaughter because the disengagement from human rights in China while pushing economic engagement with the same regime that killed 45 million of its own people was and is a terrible idea. It is part of the reason for freedom's decline globally over the past 12 years and the rising threat to peace in the world.
#UPDATE US Defense Secretary Mattis says America facing 'growing threats' from China and Russia, warns military's competitive edge 'eroded' in recent years https://t.co/pmNR8V5TzN— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 19, 2018
History has demonstrated that appeasing tyrants, rather than confront them early on, has terrible and bloody consequences. This isn't a choice but a historical reality. Paying lip service to human rights, while abandoning them in practice, shaped the process of globalization that is leading to an emerging world order that is the stuff of dystopian nightmares.