Us a Chinese Colony?

Posted on June 25, 2011


China has become the newest colonial power and in a global spread unequaled by previous colonial powers.  Articles  have been written about their colonization of Africa that has been on-going for decades. Currently they are making inroads into South America albeit Brazil and some other countries in which the Chinese have built a great deal of infrastructure in order to remove large quantities of precious natural resources.  Mexico is now being “colonized” as Chinese interests build factories and influence.

And what of the US?  Are we fighting proxy wars for the Chinese in Libya and elsewhere to protect Chinese interests, primarily oil, in the area?  Thousands of Chinese evacuated Libya versus hundreds of European and American workers and government officials.  Libyans were growing dissatisfied at having so many Chinese around.  This is a growing phenomenon in other “colonized” countries as well.  Why?  Because the Chinese do not hire locals.  They bring in Chinese workers.  They do this to not only keep the majority of their money but to reduce the large population that is pressing their economy as well. [See SamHenry’s articles on all of the aforementioned]

The Chinese influence on Capitol Hill is growing.  In recent years they have become adept lobbyists to the point that they have turned sentiment around and congressmen are falling in line.  For example:

China’s handling of troublesome U.S. politicians has evolved, too. When Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) proposed legislation in 2005 that would slap a 27.5 percent tariff on Chinese goods unless China revalued its currency, Beijing took a new tack. Instead of denouncing the pair on the front page of the People’s Daily, as it might have in the past, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing welcomed them on a visit to China. At the end of his trip, Schumer told reporters that he was no longer sure he would push for a vote on the bill and that he was “more optimistic that this can be worked out than we were in the past.”

From 2005 to 2009, China for the first time hosted more U.S. politicians and congressional staff members than Taiwan, according to LegiStorm.com, a congressional watchdog. China has also tripled the amount it spends on lobbying firms, including such powerhouses as Patton Boggs and Hogan & Hartson, since 2006 — although it continues to be outspent by Taiwan.

Feinstein said the views of her colleagues have become more sophisticated with time. They know that China holds a massive amount of U.S. debt and that it imports a lot of goods — $11 billion worth from her state alone last year. “I have never seen a country change as fast in 30 years as China has done,” she said. [Washington Post]

Most alarming, the Chinese have not only been buying land, they have been until recently planning what amounts to a self-sufficient city near Boise, Idaho.  Politicians there welcomed them.  At the time of their first visit then Ambassador to China and current Governor of Idaho,  Jon Huntsman, was among those who favored the move in 2010.  Over the past year however, the Chinese corporation planning this “city” have been exceedingly quiet about their plans. [Idaho Statesman]

In one bizarre case, the Chinese have copied (without permission of property owners) an entire historic Austrian Village for building in China:

“I don’t like the idea of knowing that a team was present here for years measuring, and photographing and studying us,” she said Thursday, sitting at her hotel’s terrace against the stunning backdrop of Lake Hallstatt, its surface mirroring nearby granite peaks. “I would have expected them to approach us directly – the whole thing reminds of a bit of Big Brother is watching.

“This house is my personal work of art,” she said of her 400-year-old hotel. “And then someone comes here and copies it – for me, it’s as if a painter copies someone else’s artwork.”

The Chinese developers are advertising the project as low-density, high-end residential development “surrounded by mountains with mountain and lake views,” to be built “in a European architectural style, with a commercial street built with the characteristics of an Austrian-style town.”