The Stirring Dragon

So the US has once again fingered China for human rights abuses in its 2006 Human Rights Report. This annual report was also critical of Russia and Venezuela.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice however, told reporters that, “the U.S. is not beyond reproach” but did not provide details. China, on the other hand did, lashing out at the US for it’s conduct in, amongst other places, Iraq.

We urge the U.S. government to acknowledge its own human rights problems and stop interfering in other countries’ internal affairs under the pretext of human rights,” it said in it’s 8th reply to the annual report.

Two other recent news stories caught my attention. The first was China shooting down one of it’s own redundant satellites in orbit a few months ago. This was immediately pounced on by the US, who implied that they would not tolerate any competition in space war.

The second, was the recent announcement that China was increasing it’s defence spending by an official 18% this year. This is scary stuff considering that the actual increase is probably twice this. The value is $45 Billion (R333 Billion). To put this into context however, you have to look at the US Defence budget of $532 Billion (R3.9 Trillion).

Add to these stories, the production output of this country, and the price at which they can produce these goods, then Synaptoman starts to get slightly nervous.

Any Futurist worth his salt, will ignore the “China Factor” at his peril.


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