Recently, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released their “2010 Annual Report” (complete in PDF) to the U.S. Congress, criticizing China over many issues. The USCC’s purpose is as follows:
To monitor, investigate, and submit to congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action. Public Law 109-108 directs the Commission to focus its work and study on the following eight areas: proliferation practices, economic transfers, energy, U.S. capital markets, regional economic and security impacts, U.S.-China bilateral programs, WTO compliance, and the implications of restrictions on speech and access to information in the People’s Republic of China.
In my view, this is the same sort of propaganda like the other annual report, by the U.S. State Department: “The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” (My take on that.)
On the RMB valuation, it offers no intellectual honesty on why China is doing anything unfair. (Also, see “The Politicization of the Yuan” by Allen.) Despite the report saying otherwise, the G20 was about the U.S.’s very own USD devaluation strategy against the rest of the world’s currencies. On trade balance, there are so many intelligent Americans who understand the situation (Michael Spence for example), so why allow seemingly unintelligent third rate college students to write that annual report?
On weapons proliferation, look at U.S.’s share of weapons sales around the world (see “Western human rights activism, where is the real humanity?“).
I suppose I could go on.
There is nothing new in the report the U.S. media have not already touted. I suppose the only thing new is this report being “official.” But I am amazed at how weak it is in arguing for the U.S.. Propaganda need not be intelligent or truthful I guess.
China’s Foreign Ministry made a short statement over this report: “FM: USCC report on China truthless, prejudicial.” And, I have to agree. Indeed, truthless and prejudicial.