Apparently the answer is that enabling your enemies is the American thing to do. Daniel Freedman writes:
There is no perfect translation of the word chutzpah into Chinese, but Beijing does provide the perfect example: They have duped the West into giving them billions in development aid, so that they can instead spend their own money on building a military that could beat America’s...The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report stated that China “has the greatest potential to compete militarily with the United States and field disruptive military technologies that could over time offset traditional U.S. military advantages.”And over 15% of the budget of the World Bank comes from US taxpayers. More to the point, wouldn't it make more sense to follow Freedman's suggestion to cut the aid that goes to China in response to their support for the genocide in Darfur?
Challenging U.S. military dominance and maintaining the world’s largest standing force (2.3 million people) of course doesn’t come cheap. But the Chinese have us spending money on their domestic problems to help them along.
It is not a secret that the West is giving large sums of money to the Chinese, it just is not reported at all. The World Bank has been giving loans and aid to China since 1981. According to the Bank, as of June 30, 2007, its cumulative lending to China was almost $42.2 billion. As the Bank’s Web site proudly notes, this makes “China’s portfolio one of the largest in the Bank.” How reassuring. At least for Communist-party officials.
Or would the US be treated to condemnations about collective punishment?
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