Originally posted by superman2012
The chinese gov't is responsible for cultural genocide as well as killing people for protesting in Tibet. Hmm...I wonder why the US gov't isn't "helping" the people in Tibet from their oppressors? Oh right, both China and Britain have their eye on gold and other metals. The US won't go against their allies or a country that has them by the round things economically.
Let me paint an even more colorful picture for you...
The whole Western, industrialized world changed their policy towards China in the 1980's, when they realized that the huge, Chinese market was potentially available to them if they 'befriended' the communist dictatorship. Since, the US and other economic powers have invested heavily in China, while outsourcing much of its industrial manufacturing to them. We threw out democratic ethics out of the window (the same ethics that stood up against the Nazis, the Fascists and the Soviets) in order to make a quick buck on a very cheap market. The general idea of global capitalism was that if China reaps the benefits of capitalism, they will come around and become like us. That was however only wishful thinking. Instead, China went from communist dictatorship to capitalist dictatorship, and with sound, economic planning and a steady, yearly 10% economic growth now owns much of the world. It's like watching Lord Sauron's forces grow stronger and stronger, while we quietly sip tea in the Shire, hoping for Gandalf to come and save our Hobbit asses. Capitalist dictatorships actually beat capitalist democracies in their own game, since human rights do not need to be respected, workers can be paid close to nothing since no unions are allowed, environmental impacts can be ignored, the costly infra-structure of democracy can be rationalized away... which is why people who love money more than freedom love China.
So, while the cost of producing your brand new pair of Nikes is kept below $3.50, it will sell in stores around $100. Most of the profit will land in the pockets of the One Percenters, while China is encouraged to continue the occupation and cultural genocide of the independent nation of Tibet, while we close our eyes and wish it wasn't so.