Monday, December 27, 2004

From my China

Those who know me well know that I have been boycotting Chinese made products since the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989. It's hard to avoid products made in China, and I haven't always been successful. In fact, this year I gave up and didn't even look at labels when I did my Christmas shopping. It seemed futile....What's one tiny drop of water in a whole world of ocean?

But two items I found in my inbox upon my return from the holiday have renewed my determination to vote against Communist China (and their US corporate partners) with my pocket book.

One is this report from the Department of Homeland Security IAIP Directorate Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report:
December 23, New York Times - China emerging as U.S. rival for Canada's oil. Chinese energy companies are on the verge of striking ambitious deals in Canada in efforts to win access to some of the most prized oil reserves in North America. Canada, the largest source of imported oil for the U.S., has historically sent almost all its exports of oil south by pipeline to help quench America's thirst for energy. However, that arrangement may be about to change as China attempts to secure oil. "The China outlet would change our dynamic," said Murray Smith, a former Alberta, Canada, energy minister who was appointed this month to be the province's representative in Washington. Smith said he estimated that Canada could eventually export as many as one million barrels a day to China out of potential exports of more than three million barrels a day....Chinese companies are also said to be considering direct investments in the oil sands.

The other is this statement from William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition as quoted in the China Support Network's newsletter:
"We must stop financing the regime that would not be able to rule without our aid." Gutmann (Ethan Gutmann, author of Losing the New China) pointed the finger at the U.S. IT industry, saying, "What began as a rather straightforward project to develop a firewall to censor web activity in China has developed into the Gold Shield Project to retrieve information on every Chinese Internet user." China's internet crackdown would be less advanced without the assistance of American IT firms. As reported by the Association for Asian Research (AFAR), "Mr. Gutmann called this an attack on America's security, on democracy and free speech, and most importantly, on the Chinese people."

It sickens me to see Americans finacing their own downfall.

Not everyone is going along quietly, however. Click on to see an encouraging video made by Students for a Free Tibet.


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