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Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

We have talked aboDamn Chinese Suppliers, Damn Chinese Consumersut media bias against China, Chinese culture, and Chinese people a lot here.  Almost every day, you hear stories about how China is doing illicit things … or creating demands for illicit products.

We hear about China polluting the world, “flooding” the world with steel or solar panels or electronics or toys, etc. Of course, we rarely hear about the social good the world reaps with China’s “cheap” steel, solar panels, or electronics …

And when it’s not China doing bad things, we hear how China is making others do bad things.  We hear for example how China creates illicit demand for shark fins, ivory, rhino horns, etc.  The poachers become the victims when it comes to China. There are no evil poachers à la say evil “drug growers” and “drug dealers” in Mexico or Columbia supplying illicit drugs to the U.S. …. just bad Chinese consumers.

The world is rarely about saints and villains, but the West almost always caricatures China in those terms.  If China is involved in any way in a problematic supply chain, the fault is placed squarely on the Chinese.  Such reflexes are so ingrained that people often do it without even thinking about it.

The following screen shot is taken from Asia Times, not the most anti-Chinese publication per se.  But it’s noteworthy in the sense that rarely do I find a publication that unabashedly blames China on both the demand as well as supply side on the same page.

It’s truly damned if you do, damned if you don’t…


  1. alanking
    August 22nd, 2017 at 22:31 | #1

    I have only one sincere suggestion for the Chinese leaders – make your military as strong as you can, otherwise you will be dead meat. The West will always assume the worst of intentions on everything you do, so there is no point placating them. Placating only makes them think you are afraid of confrontation, and they will then demand more. Thus i would not be surprise the following unfolding – the US keeps piling more pressure on China with sanctions, that then grow into a trade war; the Chinese sees lose-lose, and do their best to deescalate or even tolerate, but that is then interpreted as weakness, and US neocons pile on even more… in the end, only military and economic might can bail China out, nothing else will!

  2. August 24th, 2017 at 08:06 | #2

    “So this is what Trump meant by fake news – just look at reports about Hong Kong’s democracy activists”

  3. August 24th, 2017 at 08:11 | #3

    “After 16 Years of War, Afghanistan Still World’s Heroin Supplier”


    Imagine China invaded a country and turn it into one of the largest illicit drug supplier. The double standard on western MSM is nothing new.

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