Lessons Learned From China’s Chokehold on America

Time after time, the Chinese have taken advantage, deceived and outright stolen from us. Our government response has been wishy-washy. Chinese duplicity goes way back. Foreign policy experts figure that the Chinese theft of intellectual property from Americans costs the United States between $225 billion to $600 billion a year. The Chinese have long hacked into American computers, stolen software and trade secrets, and illegally infringed on patents. For years, they have counterfeited American goods and sold them around the world-including right back here in the United States. If an American citizen had employed similar tactics, he or she would have risked a long prison term.

The Chinese have also long practiced unfair trade tactics by forcing their grossly underpaid citizens to produce products that other countries could never duplicate without resorting to slave labor. They have slapped exorbitant tariffs on U.S. goods headed into China, thus putting a chokehold on American companies hoping to tap into the massive Chinese market.

Now the United States is forced to kowtow to this predatory empire for sorely needed medical assistance as we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic-which came from their country. This is now the third pandemic/epidemic to have originated in China. Both the 1957 Asian flu and the 1968 Hong Kong flu started in China and together claimed about 3 million deaths worldwide. The milder 2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, was also traced to China.

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